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Old 05-16-2009, 03:29 PM   #171 (permalink)
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I'm. Going. To. See. Him. July. 29.
This may be the best moment of my young life. xD
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Old 05-16-2009, 06:08 PM   #172 (permalink)
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I'm seeing him on August 5th, he'll be with Willie Nelson who I dont really care for but still its Dylan!
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Old 05-16-2009, 07:28 PM   #173 (permalink)
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Really? I doubt whether you have actually 'listened' to his albums.
Now you may not get me here but what I mean is that its easy to just sit down listening to whatever album with a pessimistic pre-meditated view that his music is now crap or 'past it', but to seriously judge music I think you have to have an open mind i.e. forget about the past and concentrate on the album youre listening to alone.

Fair enough, I can accept it if you dont happen to like his music after 'Desire' as Desire is his best & he has never matched it (IMO), but that doesnt necessarily mean that all his other music is crap.
What I cannot accept is when you brand such a talented songwriter or more fittingly a great storyteller as an 'old hack' shows that you dont pay attention to the music, rather his current age; being totally irrelevant to me when it comes to the music.

When Dylan was young he was at the forefront of his era and was massively popular; at the height of his career, whatever.
But to me he had and still has a very special talent.

That talent doesn't just all of a sudden diminish once an artist reaches a certain age. Just because there not so much 'in the limelight' as such.

I think that your views on Dylan being 'past it/old hack' are very narrow minded/pessimistic based on misconceptions and unfair judgements based on his age/appearance & lengthy career (which in my opinion should be praised; not ridiculed). But your entitled to your opinion, at the end of the day..

Finally, you acknowledge that he 'can' make great music but come to the somewhat odd conclusion that he has been holding this back (i.e deliberately making supposedly 'bad' music) for the past 34 years (if you count 'Desire' as his last worthy album).
So I think your theory that he 'chooses' not to is total bull.

As for his new album, I bought it on the day it came out; also had high hopes for it after being rather let down so to speak with Neil Young's new album; & I love the album & new style he has explored throughout it & I think its one of his perhaps 'interesting' albums in a long time. The first track on the album 'Beyond Here Lies Nothin'' is fantastic & I think this album just proves that even at 66, he can still surprise people and come out with a not only good but an album with a new feel to it.


If your theory of 'just past it' or 'old hack' based on age is applicable to Dylan, then how come you give credit to Johnny Cash who is actually/or tragically was older than Dylan!!

Also you keep going on about how he didnt like Johnny Cash's comeback, is this the sole reason you disregard his music and brand him a 'old hack'??
Like I said before, that is Dylan's own personal taste, if he doesnt like Johnny Cash's comeback stuff then so what?? Why should it bother you?
It doesnt affect his music in any way shape or form!

Personally I loved Johnny Cash's American Recordings sessions & thought that Rick Rubin did a great job in bringing him back to life as such and introducing him to a whole new generation of fans, but if somebody didnt like it then fair enough.


I find this rather intriguing, 'Time Out Of Mind' (1997) is one of the few Dylan albums I own that although I have heard great things about it, I cannot yet 'get into it' as such.
There always 'comes a time' (As Neil Young once famously sang ) when

I go back over albums I couldnt get into in the past and will suddenly 'get' them and really like them.
Also Desire is my personal favourite Dylan album.



He's definitely a strange one is Dylan, but his music is still great. Also I'd urge to you to check out an album called 'Oh Mercy' (1989) which is fantastic.
Also most of his 90's output is worth checking out apart from 'Under The Red Sky' (1990) (unless you want a laugh)- I dont dislike the album as such, just would rather now listen to his other works.
In addition, for the record, 'Under The Red Sky' was actually the first Dylan album I bought!
You have completely misunderstood everything. Me calling dylan an "old hack" isn't ageism as you seem I meant it. It's because he is a hack and is old, being old contributes nothing to him being a hack, but it means I will add his age to it. Cash made good albums and didn't make stupid statements, and as such isn't an old hack. It has nothing to do with age, it's just normal to generally refer to someone older by their age when reffering to their hackishness
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Old 05-16-2009, 07:34 PM   #174 (permalink)
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I'm seeing him on August 5th, he'll be with Willie Nelson who I dont really care for but still its Dylan!
As long as you like his new bluesy style and don't mind the fact that his voice is completely shot (even more than it was on Modern Times) you'll have a good time.
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Old 05-16-2009, 08:48 PM   #175 (permalink)
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From the videos I've seen of recent live performances, I actually like his voice.
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Old 05-17-2009, 02:46 AM   #176 (permalink)
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You have completely misunderstood everything. Me calling dylan an "old hack" isn't ageism as you seem I meant it. It's because he is a hack and is old, being old contributes nothing to him being a hack, but it means I will add his age to it. Cash made good albums and didn't make stupid statements, and as such isn't an old hack. It has nothing to do with age, it's just normal to generally refer to someone older by their age when reffering to their hackishness
Im glad you recognise that his age has nothing to do with him supposedly being a 'hack' as you call it. What you on about- 'didnt make stupid statements'.
Even if they did you cant exactly talk!
Dylan & Cash are both excellent songwriters and singers & you should have more respect.

I disagree with the people who say Dylan's voice is 'completely shot' in his most recent material.
Ok it isnt as 'lively' (if you like) on the likes of 'Desire' but that was 30 odd years ago and he is now in his late 60s so it is to be expected.

Also I dont find it normal to refer to someones age when it is completely unrelated/unnescessary to do so when discussing a totally different aspect of that person.

I find this intriuging & prompts me to ask you if you didnt like a 'black' artist for instance would you draw upon the colour of their skin or their ethnic origin & then try to pass it off as 'normal'.

Think about it, I know its not the same thing on the 'extreme-o-meter' side of things but it is the same concept/mentality.

Finally let me ask you, are you just 'arguing for the sake of it'?
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Old 05-17-2009, 01:11 PM   #177 (permalink)
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Dylan's voice is UNREAL - I LOVE it - the way he continues to succeed in using it as an aesthetic instrument as it gradually and inevitably decays with age (along with the rest of his, my, and your body) is NOBLE and also awesomely, cosmically, quantum gorgeous
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:32 PM   #178 (permalink)
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Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' was labeled the number one song ever written by Rolling Stone Magazine. Personally, I like 91 revisted and bringin' it all back home better than his other work; however, 'Tangled up in Blue' is my favorite song by Dylan.
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Old 05-17-2009, 09:20 PM   #179 (permalink)
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Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' was labeled the number one song ever written by Rolling Stone Magazine. Personally, I like 91 revisted and bringin' it all back home better than his other work; however, 'Tangled up in Blue' is my favorite song by Dylan.
Tangled Up In Blue along with Idiot Wind are the two best tracks on 'Blood On The Tracks' but my favourite song would have to be 'Hurricane' from the 'Desire' album- which also happens to be my favourite Dylan record.
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:10 PM   #180 (permalink)
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Im glad you recognise that his age has nothing to do with him supposedly being a 'hack' as you call it. What you on about- 'didnt make stupid statements'.
Even if they did you cant exactly talk!
Dylan & Cash are both excellent songwriters and singers & you should have more respect.

I disagree with the people who say Dylan's voice is 'completely shot' in his most recent material.
Ok it isnt as 'lively' (if you like) on the likes of 'Desire' but that was 30 odd years ago and he is now in his late 60s so it is to be expected.

Also I dont find it normal to refer to someones age when it is completely unrelated/unnescessary to do so when discussing a totally different aspect of that person.

I find this intriuging & prompts me to ask you if you didnt like a 'black' artist for instance would you draw upon the colour of their skin or their ethnic origin & then try to pass it off as 'normal'.

Think about it, I know its not the same thing on the 'extreme-o-meter' side of things but it is the same concept/mentality.

Finally let me ask you, are you just 'arguing for the sake of it'?
That's stupid. You can't juxtapose ethnicity and age and treat it like they effect musical equally. They don't. Ethnicity is completely irrelevant to musical quality while age on the other hand isn't. People can go senile or just lost touch as they grow old and the same thing can happen to musicians; ignoring their age as a factor based on some misguided beliefs on ageism would be retarded particularly if they've begun "slipping" as they've grown older or like many artists (a la Madonna, Rolling Stones, AC/DC) been pulling some embarrassing stunts/live shows in a desperate attempt to stay "relevant."
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