Eighteen disks, plus twenty other pounds of bullshit (excuse me: limited-edition collectible bullshit,) exclusively dedicated to 1965-66. Now, the tree albums Dylan put out in those two years (Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde) are indisputable masterpieces, but they barely total two hours of music: records were short back then.
The rest of the discs are filled with unreleased songs, alternate versions, outtakes, snippets, between-take chatter, and maybe a phone call or two to the pizza place. There’s flotsam and jetsam in this box set.
Deadheads have proven time and time again that they’ll buy nearly anything with a Stealie stamped on it, but this kind of collection might be the straw that broke the terrapin’s back:
“Hey, Deadheads! New box set!”
Wow! What’s in it?
“20 hours of unreleased studio tracks and alternate takes.”
Wow. You mean: the stuff that wasn’t good enough to make it onto Go To Heaven?