Bob Dylan is releasing his entire catalog on a harmonica-shaped USB

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How many different copies of Blood On the Tracks can a person rightfully own? Bob Dylan is betting on at least one more with the Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One. This is the big one.

Sure, a well-heeled fan can pony up for the CD box featuring his 35 studio albums and countless live records. But for top-tier obsessives of the Duluth-born, Hibbing-raised bard, his longtime label Columbia Records is hoping the release of a harmonica-shaped USB holding all contents will be of interest.

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The massive CD boxed set -- which will set you back $255.50 -- comes packed with all 35 studio albums (many of them remastered specifically for this collection), six live albums, and a double-CD called Side Tracks, which collects non-album odds and ends from throughout Dylan's celebrated six decades in the music industry. And, for those true modern collectors out there, the entire collection available as a limited-edition harmonica-shaped USB drive. It becomes available on November 15 for a mere $319.98.

In addition to the massive amount of music contained in the set (including the first-ever North American release of 1973's Dylan album on CD), the collection also features a hardcover book with expansive new liner notes for each record written by Clinton Heylin, with an introduction written by Bill Flanagan.

The limited-edition harmonica USB will contain a digital version of that hardcover book, as well as all of the music in both MP3 and lossless FLAC format. The USB harmonica will also be housed in a deluxe numbered box for safe keeping.

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If you wanted to break up your immersion into Dylan's musical world by decade, Columbia also has you covered. They will be issuing four decade-specific collections, Bob Dylan - The Complete Album Collection - The 60's, The 70's, The 80's, The 90's - 00's as digital downloads. There will also be a fifth digital set called Bob Dylan - The Original Mono Recordings, which collects Dylan's first eight studio albums in their original mono recordings

Here is the full list of all of the albums contained in the Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. One, as well as the track-listing for the Side Tracks double-CD:

Studio Albums

Bob Dylan (1962)
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)
The Times They Are a-Changin' (1964)
Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964)
Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
Blonde on Blonde (1966)
John Wesley Harding (1967)
Nashville Skyline (1969)
*Self Portrait (1970) - newly remastered for this collection
New Morning (1970)
*Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) - newly remastered for this collection
*Dylan (1973) - newly remastered for this collection
Planet Waves (1974)
Blood on the Tracks (1975)
The Basement Tapes (1975)
Desire (1976)
*Street Legal (1978) - newly remastered for this collection
Slow Train Coming (1979)
*Saved (1980) - newly remastered for this collection
Shot of Love (1981)
Infidels (1983)
*Empire Burlesque (1985) - newly remastered for this collection
*Knocked Out Loaded (1986) - newly remastered for this collection
*Down in the Groove (1988) - newly remastered for this collection
Oh Mercy (1989)
*Under the Red Sky (1990) - newly remastered for this collection
*Good as I Been to You (1992) - newly remastered for this collection
*World Gone Wrong (1993) - newly remastered for this collection
Time Out of Mind (1997)
Love and Theft (2001)
Modern Times (2006)
Together Through Life (2009)
Christmas in the Heart (2009)
Tempest (2012)

Live Albums
Before the Flood (1972)
*Hard Rain (1976) - newly remastered for this collection
*Bob Dylan at Budokan (1979) - newly remastered for this collection
*Real Live (1984) - newly remastered for this collection
Dylan & the Dead (1989)
MTV Unplugged (1995)

Side Tracks
Baby, I'm in the Mood for You
Mixed-Up Confusion
Tomorrow Is a Long Time (live)
Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Percy's Song
I'll Keep It with Mine
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
Positively 4th Street
Jet Pilot
I Wanna Be Your Lover
I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (live)
Visions of Johanna (live)
Quinn the Eskimo
Watching the River Flow
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Down in the Flood
I Shall Be Released
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
George Jackson (acoustic version)
Forever Young
You're a Big Girl Now
Up to Me
Abandoned Love
Isis (live)
Romance in Durango (live)
Caribbean Wind
Heart of Mine (live)
Series of Dreams
Dignity
Things Have Changed

Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1 from Columbia Records on Vimeo.

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15 comments
Agsel
Agsel

Does anybody has information about the bit-rate???

Kathy Drews
Kathy Drews

brilliant concept and use of technology!

Kent Erickson
Kent Erickson

I am saving my money for the Breaking Bad complete series BluRay or I would get this. Not in the budget to purchase both.

Deanna Franz
Deanna Franz

would really like to hasve this some day, when we have something to plsay them on.

jonmbauer
jonmbauer

@gimme_noise It is still called "first time on CD" if it's released on mp3 on a memory card? (Honest question, not being sassy.)

Agsel
Agsel

All songs in high quality FLAC (24bit 44.1kbps) and MP3 (320kbps)

44.1kbps that is a poor

eriktmpls
eriktmpls

@jonmbauer There is a 41-disc CD box set of the same collection being released, in addition to the harmonica USB drive.

jonmbauer
jonmbauer

@eriktmpls Ok, that makes more sense. (This also makes it harder to decide which version.)

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