The Essential Bob Dylan

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The Essential Bob Dylan
A blue-tinted photograph of Dylan holding a guitar
Greatest hits album by Bob Dylan
Released October 31, 2000
Recorded 1962 – 2008
Genre Folk, rock, country
Length 121:27 (Standard Edition)
147:33 (2009 Standard Edition)
154:52 (UK Edition)
Label Columbia/Legacy
Producer Various
Bob Dylan chronology
The Best of Bob Dylan, Vol. 2
(2000)
The Essential Bob Dylan
(2000)
Live 1961–2000: Thirty-Nine Years of Great Concert Performances
(2001)

The Essential Bob Dylan is a compilation by Bob Dylan, released as a double-CD set in 2000, part of Columbia Records' "The Essential" series. The Essential Bob Dylan spans from 1963's "Blowin' In The Wind" (taken from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan) to 1999's "Things Have Changed" (Dylan's Oscar-winning song from the motion picture, Wonder Boys).

The Essential Bob Dylan has proven to be a solid seller in Dylan's catalog, reaching #67 in the US, and peaking at #9 in the UK.

The British and Australian releases include all of the tracks from the US edition plus several more.

Track listings[edit]

Standard track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Blowin' in the Wind"   2:45
2. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"   3:37
3. "The Times They Are a-Changin'"   3:11
4. "It Ain't Me, Babe"   3:32
5. "Maggie's Farm"   3:51
6. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"   4:41
7. "Mr. Tambourine Man"   5:26
8. "Subterranean Homesick Blues"   2:17
9. "Like a Rolling Stone"   6:07
10. "Positively 4th Street"   3:52
11. "Just Like a Woman"   4:50
12. "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"   4:34
13. "All Along the Watchtower"   2:30
14. "Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) - Recorded 1967, as part of the "Basement Tapes" sessions w/ The Band"   2:17
15. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"   2:39
Total length:
56:09
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Lay, Lady, Lay"   3:16
2. "If Not for You"   2:39
3. "I Shall Be Released"   3:01
4. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"   2:43
5. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"   2:30
6. "Forever Young"   4:56
7. "Tangled Up in Blue"   5:40
8. "Shelter from the Storm"   5:01
9. "Hurricane"   8:32
10. "Gotta Serve Somebody"   5:23
11. "Jokerman"   6:14
12. "Silvio"   3:05
13. "Everything Is Broken"   3:13
14. "Not Dark Yet"   6:27
15. "Things Have Changed"   5:08
Total length:
65:18
Disc 3 (Limited Edition 3.0 Version, October 2009)
No. Title Length
1. "Thunder on the Mountain"   5:55
2. "Mississippi"   5:21
3. "Blind Willie McTell"   5:52
4. "Make You Feel My Love"   3:32
5. "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"   3:51
6. "Dark Eyes"   5:07
Total length:
26:06

British and Australian track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "Blowin' in the Wind"   2:45
2. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"   3:37
3. "The Times They Are a-Changin'"   3:11
4. "It Ain't Me, Babe"   3:32
5. "Maggie's Farm"   3:51
6. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"   4:41
7. "Mr. Tambourine Man"   5:26
8. "Subterranean Homesick Blues"   2:17
9. "Like a Rolling Stone"   6:07
10. "Positively 4th Street"   3:52
11. "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"   3:32
12. "I Want You"   3:07
13. "Just Like a Woman"   4:50
14. "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"   4:34
15. "All Along the Watchtower"   2:30
16. "Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)"   2:17
17. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"   2:39
18. "Lay, Lady, Lay"   3:16
19. "If Not for You"   2:39
20. "I Shall Be Released"   3:01
21. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"   2:43
22. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"   2:30
Total length:
76:57
Disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Forever Young"   4:56
2. "Tangled Up in Blue"   5:40
3. "Shelter from the Storm"   5:01
4. "Hurricane"   8:32
5. "Changing of the Guards"   7:04
6. "Gotta Serve Somebody"   5:23
7. "Blind Willie McTell"   5:52
8. "Jokerman"   6:14
9. "Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anybody Seen My Love)"   5:22
10. "Silvio"   3:05
11. "Everything Is Broken"   3:13
12. "Dignity (Original version)"   5:58
13. "Not Dark Yet"   6:27
14. "Things Have Changed"   5:08
Total length:
77:55

Track listing (2010 version)[edit]

Disc one
  1. "Blowin' in the Wind"
  2. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
  3. "The Times They Are a-Changin'"
  4. "It Ain't Me, Babe"
  5. "Maggie's Farm"
  6. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"
  7. "Mr. Tambourine Man"
  8. "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
  9. "Like a Rolling Stone"
  10. "Positively 4th Street
  11. "I Want You"
  12. "Just Like a Woman"
  13. "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
  14. "All Along the Watchtower"
  15. "Lay, Lady, Lay"
  16. "If Not for You"
  17. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
  18. "I Shall Be Released"
  19. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
  20. "Tangled Up in Blue"
  21. "Forever Young"
Disc two
  1. "Shelter from the Storm"
  2. "Hurricane"
  3. "Gotta Serve Somebody"
  4. "Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar"
  5. "Jokerman"
  6. "Everything Is Broken"
  7. "Blind Willie McTell"
  8. "Not Dark Yet"
  9. "Make You Feel My Love"
  10. "Dignity" (alternate version)
  11. "Things Have Changed"
  12. "Mississippi"
  13. "Thunder on the Mountain"
  14. "When the Deal Goes Down"
  15. "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[1] 67
Chart (2001) Peak
position
Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[2] 37
French Compilations[3] 16
UK Albums Chart[4] 9
Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian Top 50 Albums[5] 36
Chart (2004) Peak
position
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[6] 5
Chart (2005) Peak
position
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[7] 78
US Catalog Albums[1] 23
Chart (2006) Peak
position
Finnish Top 50 Albums[8] 30
Chart (2007) Peak
position
Swedish Top 60 Albums[9] 57
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Spanish Top 100 Albums[10] 90
Chart (2010) Peak
position
Greek Top 50 Albums[11] 49

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[12] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[13] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,314,000[16]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  14. ^ "British album certifications – Bob Dylan – The Essential Bob Dylan". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 25, 2013.  Enter The Essential Bob Dylan in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
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