Masterpieces (Bob Dylan album)

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


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Masterpieces at AllMusic