Masterpieces (Bob Dylan album)

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Masterpieces
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ReleasedMarch 12, 1978 (1978-03-12)
Recorded1962–1976
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Length164:15
Label CBS
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Bob Dylan chronology
Hard Rain
(1976)
Masterpieces
(1978)
Street-Legal
(1978)
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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.

Contents

Track listing

All songs written by Bob Dylan, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)FromLength
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.TitleFromLength
1."Like a Rolling Stone" (Live at Isle of Wight Festival, 1969) Self Portrait 5:17
2."Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)" (Live at Isle of Wight Festival, 1969)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 Rain 5:00
5."Idiot Wind" (Live 1976)Hard Rain10:06
Side three
No.TitleWriter(s)FromLength
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 Levy single, 19763:13
Side four
No.TitleWriter(s)FromLength
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
No.TitleWriter(s)FromLength
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 Revisited 5:57
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
No.TitleFromLength
1."Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan3:40
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 Home2:50
5."I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"John Wesley Harding2:39
6."If Not for You" New Morning 2:44
7."If You See Her, Say Hello" Blood on the Tracks 4:48
8."Sara"Desire5:31

Certifications and sales

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [2] 3× Platinum210,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ) [3] Platinum15,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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