Masterpieces (Bob Dylan album)

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Masterpieces
A close-up of Dylan's face turned sideways and wearing a hat
Greatest hits album by Bob Dylan
Released March 12, 1978 (1978-03-12)
Recorded 1962–1976
Genre Rock, folk, country
Length 164:15
Label Columbia
Producer Gordon Carroll, Rick Danko, Don DeVito, Bob Dylan, Rob Fraboni, John H. Hammond, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Bob Johnston, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Leon Russell, Tom Wilson
Bob Dylan chronology
Hard Rain
(1976)
Masterpieces
(1978)
Street-Legal
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Masterpieces is a compilation album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on March 12, 1978 by Columbia Records. The three-LP set was released in Japan, Australia and New Zealand in anticipation of his 1978 tour. Primarily a greatest hits collection spanning Dylan's career up that point, the album features one previously unreleased track, a unique (1962) outtake version of "Mixed-Up Confusion". It also includes a live performance of "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" from Dylan's 1966 World Tour, which was first released as the B-side of his "I Want You" single in 1966. Masterpieces was reissued on CD in 1991 by Sony Music (Cat. No. 4624489), but is no longer in print.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob Dylan, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid) – 2:30
  2. "Mr. Tambourine Man" (from Bringing It All Back Home) – 5:29
  3. "Just Like a Woman" (from Blonde on Blonde) – 4:56
  4. "I Shall Be Released" (from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II) – 3:05
  5. "Tears of Rage" (from The Basement Tapes) (Dylan, Richard Manuel) – 4:14
  6. "All Along the Watchtower" (from John Wesley Harding) – 2:32
Side two
  1. "One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)" (from Desire) – 3:47
  2. "Like a Rolling Stone" (from Self Portrait) – 5:17
  3. "Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)" (from Self Portrait) – 2:49
  4. "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" (Live at Town Hall 1963) (from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II) – 3:02
  5. "Lay, Lady, Lay" (Live 1976) (from Hard Rain) – 5:00
  6. "Idiot Wind" (Live 1976) (from Hard Rain) – 10:06
Side three
  1. "Mixed-Up Confusion" (outtake version from the 1962 The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan sessions) – 2:30
  2. "Positively 4th Street" (single 1965) – 3:56
  3. "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" (single 1965) – 3:35
  4. "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" (live version recorded at Odeon Theatre, Liverpool, England, May 14, 1966) (B-side of 1966 "I Want You" single) – 5:40
  5. "Spanish Is the Loving Tongue" (Traditional) (B-side of 1971 "Watching the River Flow" single) – 3:38
  6. "George Jackson" ("Big Band" version, single, 1971) – 5:38
Side four
  1. "Rita May" (Dylan, Jacques Levy) (single, 1976) – 3:13
  2. "Blowin' in the Wind" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan) – 2:47
  3. "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan) – 6:54
  4. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (from The Times They Are a-Changin') – 3:16
  5. "Masters of War" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan) – 4:33
  6. "Hurricane" (Dylan, Levy) (from Desire)  – 8:36
Side five
  1. "Maggie's Farm" (Live 1976) (from Hard Rain) – 5:30
  2. "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (from Bringing It All Back Home) – 2:20
  3. "Ballad of a Thin Man" (from Highway 61 Revisited) – 5:57
  4. "Mozambique" (Dylan, Levy) (from Desire) – 3:01
  5. "This Wheel's on Fire" (Rick Danko, Dylan) (from The Basement Tapes) – 3:52
  6. "I Want You" (from Blonde on Blonde) – 3:09
  7. "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" (from Blonde on Blonde) – 4:38
Side six
  1. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan) – 3:40
  2. "Song to Woody" (from Bob Dylan) – 2:41
  3. "It Ain't Me Babe" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan) – 3:35
  4. "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" (from Bringing It All Back Home) – 2:50
  5. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" (from John Wesley Harding) – 2:39
  6. "If Not for You" (from New Morning) – 2:44
  7. "If You See Her, Say Hello" (from Blood on the Tracks) – 4:48
  8. "Sara" (from Desire) – 5:31

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Masterpieces (Bob Dylan album) at AllMusic