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
ReleasedMarch 12, 1978 (1978-03-12)
GenreFolk rock, country
ProducerGordon 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
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Masterpieces is a compilation album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on March 12, 1978 by CBS. The triple 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 Columbia (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" Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid2:30
2."Mr. Tambourine Man" Bringing It All Back Home5:29
3."Just Like a Woman" Blonde on Blonde4:56
4."I Shall Be Released" Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II3:05
5."Tears of Rage"Dylan, Richard ManuelThe Basement Tapes4:14
6."All Along the Watchtower" John Wesley Harding2:32
7."One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)" Desire3:47
Side two
1."Like a Rolling Stone"Highway 61 Revisited5:17
2."Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)"Self Portrait2:49
3."Tomorrow Is a Long Time" (Live at Town Hall 1963)Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Vol. II3:02
4."Lay, Lady, Lay" (Live 1976)Hard Rain5:00
5."Idiot Wind" (Live 1976)Hard Rain10:06
Side three
1."Mixed-Up Confusion" The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan session outtake2:30
2."Positively 4th Street" single 19653:56
3."Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" single 19653:35
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" single5:40
5."Spanish Is the Loving Tongue"TraditionalB-side of 1971 "Watching the River Flow" single3:38
6."George Jackson" "Big Band" version, single, 19715:38
7."Rita May"Dylan, Jacques Levysingle, 19763:13
Side four
1."Blowin' in the Wind" The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan2:47
2."A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan6:54
3."The Times They Are a-Changin'" The Times They Are a-Changin'3:16
4."Masters of War" The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan4:33
5."Hurricane"Dylan, LevyDesire8:36
Side five
1."Maggie's Farm" (Live 1976) Hard Rain5:30
2."Subterranean Homesick Blues" Bringing It All Back Home2:20
3."Ballad of a Thin Man" Highway 61 Revisited5:57
4."Mozambique"Dylan, LevyDesire3:01
5."This Wheel's on Fire"Rick Danko, DylanThe Basement Tapes3:52
6."I Want You" Blonde on Blonde3:09
7."Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" Blonde on Blonde4:38
Side six
1."Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan3:40
2."Song to Woody"Bob Dylan2:41
3."It Ain't Me Babe"Another Side of Bob Dylan3:35
4."Love Minus Zero/No Limit"Bringing It All Back Home2:50
5."I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"John Wesley Harding2:39
6."If Not for You"New Morning2:44
7."If You See Her, Say Hello"Blood on the Tracks4:48

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[2] Platinum 15,000^

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


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Masterpieces at AllMusic
  2. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Bob Dylan – Masterpieces". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 7 June 2019.