Have Bob Dylan create your next playlist

Longtime VSL readers know that we’re big fans of Bob Dylan’s “Theme Time Radio Hour” on XM — the show’s so good we’d tune in whether or not we liked the music. But, of course, we do like the music, which is all over the map (Bob Dylan loves the Carter Family and LL Cool J!) and uniformly excellent. Having it collected in a pair of two-disc volumes?
That’s like getting Dylan himself to come over to program your iPod — that is, your jukebox.

The discs — produced in Europe, where copyright laws are laxer than our own — contain one song from each of Dylan’s first 100 broadcasts: There’s country music (and lots of it), folk and rockabilly music, jazz, blues, and the rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues songs that Dylan himself grew up with and dreamed of playing. (One childhood ambition of his was to join Little Richard’s band.) Hearing them is like seeing a cross section of the great man’s mind.

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