A double-disc set released for the holiday season of 2000, The Essential Bob Dylan
is a fine choice for the casual listener that just wants all the songs they know on one collection -- it's Dylan
's equivalent of Beatles One
. Outside of the remastering and the previously non-LP (and very good) "Things Have Changed," there's nothing here for collectors, but, then again, that's not who this was designed for. This collection is for the listener that wants "Blowin' in the Wind," "Like a Rolling Stone," "All Along the Watchtower," "Quinn the Eskimo," "Lay Lady Lay," and "Tangled Up in Blue" in one tidy place. Yes, it's easy to find great songs missing, but for those casual fans, and for those looking for a fairly comprehensive yet concise entry point, The Essential Bob Dylan
comes close to living up to its title.