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Old 09-17-2008, 12:50 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Don't look back was on VH1 last night... Dylan came across as a tough guy to talk to. I kinda liked how he handled the Journalists though... he really seemed to stay true to himself in times where most artist would sell themselves out.
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Old 10-31-2008, 05:05 PM   #102 (permalink)
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"The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)"

How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man? One of the most famous lines in music history opens this album and it sets the mood immediately. This album is kind of scary in the sense nearly every song is a classic and if you'd re-titled it "The Essential Bob Dylan" or "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits" you probably wouldn't get much argument. From the sad romantic songs Girl From the North Country and Don't Think Twice, It's Al; Right to the political Masters of War, Oxford Town to the comic Talking World War III Blues and all the way to the poetic Blowin' in the Wind. This albums shows Dylan as the brilliant lyricist he was that wasn't as easy to see on his debut.

This album is probably one of the greatest folk albums ever recorded, it's topical as it is romantic and always poetic and real. Bob Dylan shows himself a much more comfortable folk artists here and a much much more powerful musician.

Favorite Lyric: "So if you're travelin' in the north country fair / Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline / Remember me to one who lives there / She once was a true love of mine."
Favorite Songs: Girl From the North County, Don't Think Twice It's All Right, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, Blowin' in the Wind, Talkin' World War III Blues
my favorite album of all time

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avid Guthrie fan shows to be a good folk artist, a bit obsessed with death, but there's no real hints here at the genius to come. It just seems like another 60s folk album, a good and enjoyable one, but just another one.
It's just a LITTLE bit on the weird side, innit? I mean, I've listened to some 60s folk albums and they're mostly a bit on the cloying side or a bit on the field-recording side. This at least has some idiosyncratic personality to it, and some rocknroll guts.

Not that I mean to say anyone should go out of their way to hear it, but it sure doesn't sound like Dave Van Ronk or Peter Paul And Mary, y'unnerstand.

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"Bringing It All Back Home (1965)"
I like how the rocknroll side is mainly goofball, or at least sounds like they're having fun, and then the "folk" side is transcendental, almost Coltrane-esque if you think of the words and sounds and mental reflections in a certain way.

Didn't he say he went electric cos he got tired of playing by himself? I can relate to that...

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"Self Portrait (1970)"
Well, yeah, Highway 61 it isn't.

I liked All The Tired Horses enough to cover it last December with an improvisatory rock band in Seattle.

The rest of it is nice to have on, occasionally beautiful, occasionally skippable.

The live Rolling Stone tho, I went and found the whole Isle Of Wight set from which it comes, and it's gorgeous! To me. Each his own. I love it. It starts the trend with which he continues today of reworking his songs to fit his mood, the band, the venue, so forth. Recent live shows of his (last ten years or so) make up a lot of my entertainment anymore.

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Planet Waves (1974)
The Band sounds great backing him on this album though at times they're too laid back I can't help but wish there was some of the ferocity musically and vocally of Like a Rolling Stone.
Oh, but Robbie Robertson's guitar tones on "Going, Going, Gone," in fact that whole song, is like coppery-golden light coming through the stereo! {moan} Incidentally Richard Hell did an interesting cover of that same tune.

The overall sound of this album makes me happy, almost regardless of the actual content.

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"Blood on the Tracks (1975)"
Possibly this one's so good as he'd already recorded most of it once, so he had it down and knew what he wanted to change and what he wanted to keep. The original takes are great listening, also, though not so much of a statement as the final versions.

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"Street Legal (1978)"
Some great tunes on this one, I'll have to hear the remaster. Where Are You Tonight? haunts me, Senor is on this one, too, innit? I don't think anyone else could sing that tune and make it stick. (When the NAZZ laid it down, it STAYED there!)

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"Saved (1980)"
Satisfied Mind and the Title Track are UNREAL good - I like to play this one on roadtrips. In The Garden is amazing too - the live version with Tom Petty just stomps.

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Bob Dylan "Infidels (1983)"
I like the band on this one, esp Sly & Robbie on bass and drums and Mick Taylor on gtr. And I love his quote as to why "Infidels" got its title, something like how the last bunch of records had started with the letter S and he didn't want to get bogged down in the letter S so he called it Infidels.

About 4/5 of these songs make me happy.

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Bob Dylan "Empire Burlesque (1985)"
The first new Dylan I remember coming out, I was probably 9 years old. I like most if not all of this record. Tight Connection To My Heart needs a Jimi-style cover, like his Rolling Stone from Monterey.

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"Knocked Out Loaded (1986)"


What the fuck Bob?

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I'd rather listen to a Bono Lecture/10


Brownsville Girl, yo.
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:42 AM   #103 (permalink)
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True. He is even an inspiration to other greats such as John Lennon
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:29 PM   #104 (permalink)
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my favorite album of all time


I never said that.

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Old 12-24-2008, 04:21 PM   #105 (permalink)
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bob dylan has a lot of style.
he might not be my favorite but alot of bands use his lyrics in their songs just like knocking on heavens door. It was dylan who wrote the song originaly but then GNR came and knocked it out of the park. Bob dylan has helped to make music what it is today. MY favorite album is Bob Dylan-Modern Times. Great album if you are a true music lover.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:51 PM   #106 (permalink)
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Can someone tell me or give me an example as to why this guy is so great? I started performing and someone came up to me after I played my first original and said I had a very unique voice (which was awesome) and said I had the effect of Bob Dylan. I didn't know whether to take that as a complement or an insult. I know a guy who told me he's a great musician, I just don't know why, at all.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:08 PM   #107 (permalink)
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'And if my thought dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine, but it's alright ma, it's life and life only'. That's why.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:29 PM   #108 (permalink)
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Can someone tell me or give me an example as to why this guy is so great? I started performing and someone came up to me after I played my first original and said I had a very unique voice (which was awesome) and said I had the effect of Bob Dylan. I didn't know whether to take that as a complement or an insult. I know a guy who told me he's a great musician, I just don't know why, at all.
In opera the Germans have a term called Sprechgesang and that roughly translates as sing speak. Dylan was the premier performer to use this style of vocal successfully in popular music. He opened the door for this style of unconventional singing to become conventional. He also had to be a profoundly brilliant songwriter and a good musician to carry this through. Dylan's discography alone has some of the greatest albums in the history of music and the reviews on this thread are well worth reading.

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Old 12-31-2008, 07:35 PM   #109 (permalink)
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'And if my thought dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine, but it's alright ma, it's life and life only'. That's why.
That's my favorite Dylan song. I love the way he performed it live.
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That's my favorite Dylan song. I love the way he performed it live.
My favorite:
My love she speaks like silence
Without ideals or violence
She doesn't have to say she's faithful
Yet she's true, like ice, like fire People carry roses
And make promises by the hours
My love she laughs like the flowers
Valentines can't buy her.

In the dime stores and bus stations
People talk of situations
Read books, repeat quotations
Draw conclusions on the wall
Some speak of the future
My love she speaks softly
She knows there's no success like failure
And that failure's no succes at all.

The cloak and dagger dangles
Madams light the candles
In ceremonies of the horsemen
Even the pawn must hold a grudge
Statues made of match sticks
Crumble into one another
My love winks, she does not bother
She knows too much to argue or to judge.

The bridge at midnight trembles
The country doctor rambles
Bankers' nieces seek perfection
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring
The wind howls like a hammer
The night blows rainy
My love she's like some raven
At my window with a broken wing.
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