Greatest Hits Volume 2 (1971)


 
Disc One 1. Watching the River Flow 2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right 3. Lay Lady Lay 4. Stuck Inside of Mobile with The Memphis Blues Again 5. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 6. All I Really Want To Do 7. My Back Pages 8. Maggie's Farm 9. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You Disc Two 1. She Belongs to Me 2. All Along the Watchtower 3. Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) 4. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 5. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 6. If Not For You 7. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 8. Tomorrow is A Long Time 9. When I Paint My Masterpiece 10.I Shall Be Released 11.You Ain't Goin' Nowhere 12.Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)

 

Unlike most "volume 2s", this compilation doesn't really pick up where the last one, Greatest Hits, released four years earlier, left off. If there was any criticism about his first greatest hits package, it was that there were a lot of great songs that were missed, simply because Dylan had so much strong material that it couldn't all fit on one album. Also, it's safe to say that since volume 1, the quality of his recordings had gone down a notch, so this one couldn't have only material released from this time period.

Not surprisingly, there's very little here from post 1967, and instead, Dylan digs back deeper from his earlier catalog to pull out some well loved chestnuts. In addition, there's a good handful of unreleased tracks and/or alternate versions of a few songs that embellish the package. With this one being a double album, it could fall guilty of over saturation, but it never feels that way. This was a good "odds and ends" package that captures everything that the first one may have missed.


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