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sleepy jack 12-11-2007 06:53 PM

I don't know, I may do that but I kind of want to review each album (nothing really extensive) though I imagine that will get tiring and I'll probably decide to no longer do that after the first 10 albums. I think I'll start doing that though after every phase (when he quit being just folk, etc) then eventually drop the individual albums when I get tired of it and just do that.

swim 12-11-2007 07:07 PM

S/T is my favorite because it's just a kid and a guitar (and a harmonica of course) who's trying way too hard. It's beautiful.

Crowe 12-11-2007 08:45 PM

I support this thread.

mr. goth glam 12-11-2007 09:34 PM

Personally, he's my favorite singer.


sleepy jack 12-12-2007 12:25 AM

"The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964)"

"Come gather 'round people wherever you roam / And admit that the waters around you have grown / And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone / If your time to you is worth savin' / Then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone / For the times they are a-changin'" It's amazing how the opening verse to this album is more relevant today than it was in the 60s. The era was full of protest songs and protest albums but only a handful have really stood the test of time. The Times They Are A-Changin' is one of those few.

This album was the first Dylan album I heard in its entirety so it holds a special place in my heart but when listening to it now after having heard albums like Blood on the Tracks and Blonde on Blonde I can't help but find it slightly repetitive. The odd thing is though it works for each song, but when listening to them back to back it can get slightly tiresome however it's still a very strong release. It's much more bleak than Freewheelin and in alot of ways much more powerful too.

Favorite Lyric: "Oh, but if I had the stars from the darkest night / And the diamonds from the deepest ocean / I'd forsake them all for your sweet kiss."
Favorite Songs: Boots Of Spanish Leather, Only A Pawn In Their Game, With God On Our Side, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

Brock_West 12-12-2007 01:00 AM


Originally Posted by jackhammer (Post 421368)
This should be an interesting thread. I am not a huge Dylan fan but who knows whether I will be swayed? I have three of his albums although I won't be adding THE TRAVELLING WILBURYS to my collection anytime soon!

The Wilburys are really good.

I think Dylan is the second best songwriter (McCartney), but can't really enjoy his voice in the least, so I prefer covers to the originals.

sleepy jack 12-12-2007 01:12 AM

"Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964)"

I don't hear this album getting discussed much and I'm assuming it must be because it came out the same year and probably gets compared to The Times They Are A-Changing (and loses). That must be the reason I don't hear it get talked about much because there's nothing wrong with the material itself.

The album opens with a much happier Dylan (he laughs =O), much different from the one then we saw on his last album. It's interesting really the contrast between this and Times. While Times was bleak and very political this albums much more fun and lighthearteded, though not all the time it has it's more depressing notes, It Ain't Me Babe for instance. .This album is considered to be the last strictly acoustic Dylan album and it's definitely a good note to end on it. Dylan sounds energetic and appears to be having a lot of fun, there's even a honky tonk piano thrown in here.

Favorite Lyric: "My friends from the prison, they ask unto me / 'How good, how good does it feel to be free?' / And I answer them most mysteriously / 'Are birds free from the chains of the skyway?'"
Favorite Songs: Chimes of Freedom, My Back Pages, I Shall Be Free No. 10, It Ain't Me Babe, To Ramona

sleepy jack 12-12-2007 03:43 PM

The Times They Are A-Changin'

Around this time Dylan was growing tired of being folk's posterboy and the voice of his generation. In the Dylan Chronicles he wrote about how he was experimenting with a variety of ways to get his fans off his back, whether it was stylistically or religiously Dylan was determined to shake his audience because it was getting so ridiculous that his house was being broken into at times and all he really wanted was some privacy.

Dylan would write many of his classic songs over the next few albums, some of which include: Mr. Tambourine Man, Maggie's Farm, Like a Rolling Stone, Ballad of a Thin Man, Desolation Row, Visions of Johanna and others. His live sets were riddled with controversy, while the first half was well accepted acoustic folk songs the second would be loud and electric and often not well received.

Dylan never left his folk roots over the next few albums even though he experimented upon it and expanded on it and when you look at the products of this experimenting (Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61 Revisited) you can't help but be thankful for it.

sleepy jack 12-12-2007 07:23 PM

"Bringing It All Back Home (1965)"

The music on here goes from folk, to blues, to rock and to something that was just Dylan. The rambling beat influenced poetry seems to fly by in only a few minutes when at times it's actually several minutes long, your attention never strays. Giving your attention to Dylan on songs like Bob Dylan's 115th dream is more a pleasure than something tedious.

Now while this is considered Bob Dylan's first electric album there's still some acoustic songs and he still held a love for it, though not so much his protest songs. He talks about it in the Dylan chronicles quite a bit. Some of his best acoustic material is on this album, most noted is Mr. Tambourine Man. This album would mark the start of something beautiful, that something was the beginning of the sound you'd see on Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.

Dylan's lyrics prove to be getting better and better, though more and more off the wall. Part of that can probably be owed to LSD, which no doubt effected (and improved) his writing process. Songs like Gates of Eden are completely off the wall lyrically.

Favorite Lyric: "The wind howls like a hammer / The night blows cold and rainy / My love she's like some raven / At my window with a broken wing."
Favorite Songs: Gates of Eden, She Belongs To Me, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Love Minus Zero/No Limit, Outlaw Blues, Bob Dylan's 115th Dream, It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

"Highway 61 Revisited (1965)"

What to say about Highway 61 Revisited, he took what he did with the last album and kicked it up a notch. This is easily in my top 3 favorite Dylan albums of all time and it's plenty of peoples number 1. It's considered his best and it's easy to say why. Every track is strong and the opening snare hit to Like a Rolling Stone is infamous. This album is when Dylan mastered his own sound, not say he did it perfect here, but he came close.

The rambling poetry over loud and energetic music, ranging from slow and bluesy to fast and rocky. Highway 61 Revisited proves to be a trip, both fun and sad. The lyrics are as bizarre as they are powerful on this album. Sometimes they're downright they're awful but in a very comical manner and all the biblical references are amusing. I really don't have much to say on this other than it's an essential Dylan album to own and if you don't already have it then get it. There's a reason its held in such high regard.

Favorite Lyric: "Cinderella, she seems so easy / "It takes one to know one," she smiles / And puts her hands in her back pockets, better Davis style / And in comes Romeo, he's moaning "you Belong to Me I Believe" / And someone says," You're in the wrong place, my friend you better leave" / And the only sound that's left after the ambulances go / Is Cinderella sweeping up on Desolation Row."
Favorite Songs: Tombstone Blues, Ballad of a Thin Man, Highway 61 Revisited, Desolation Row, Like a Rolling Stone

"Blonde on Blonde (1966)"

This was my favorite Bob Dylan album for a really long time but Monday when I was just listening to random tracks in his discography I realized my favorite had switched places with my second favorite. I will keep which album that is quiet for now. That being said, Blonde on Blonde was my favorite album for a really long time and I prefer it over Highway 61 Revisited.

Blonde on Blonde shows Dylan returning to his folk roots, not completely he kept a variety of backing instruments giving it a much more full sound and there's a definite blues influence going on there. He also still keeps the five minute plus songs of rambling poetry and I'm very glad he did. Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands is easily one of my favorite songs by him ever.

Favorite Lyric: "Inside the museums, Infinity goes up on trial / Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while / But Mona Lisa musta had the highway blues / You can tell by the way she smiles / See the primitive wallflower freeze / When the jelly-faced women all sneeze / Hear the one with the mustache say, "Jeeze I can't find my knees" / Oh, jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule / But these visions of Johanna, they make it all seem so cruel."
Favorite Songs: Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands, Visions of Johanna, I Want You, Just Like a Woman, Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again

mr. goth glam 12-12-2007 11:18 PM

Pretty good.

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