Dirty Linen - p.73
"[This compilation] brings together some of his best songs. Dylan's always been a restless and creative spirit, and his music reflects his shifting philosophies and tumultuous Zeitgeist."
Half greatest-hits album, half career summary, the full three-disc version of 2007's 45th-anniversary collection, DYLAN (also available as a single-disc distillation), is a public service to both Bob Dylan neophytes and fans who wrote off his late-'70s-to-mid-'80s fallow period. For the latter group, the best songs from Dylan's "lost years" are cherry-picked, proving that even amid periods of inconsistency, Hibbing, Minnesota's favorite son never lost his spark of genius.
These 51 songs--arranged in chronological order--track Dylan's development from Greenwich Village folk hero to surrealist rocker to grizzled bluesman. All the key tracks from his glory days are here, from "Blowin' in the Wind" to "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," but perhaps more illuminating is the esoterica; anyone not paying close attention to Dylan's career left-turns could easily have missed such almost-lost gems as "Dark Eyes" (from the largely unremarkable EMPIRE BURLESQUE) or "Blood in My Eyes" from trad folk/blues album WORLD GONE WRONG. When the dust of history settles, the lesser-known tunes collected on DYLAN will be just as important as the "hits."