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Old 12-16-2007, 08:48 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I find them far from tedious ledzep.
In fact, I wish there were more threads like this. *hint
It's well presented, informative and interesting.

It's threads like these that keep MB from being just another message board.
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Old 12-16-2007, 12:09 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I'm thinking of doing a pink floyd one, but that sounds uninteresting as virtually everyone knows what the Floyd are about.Let me mull it over.
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Old 12-16-2007, 06:17 PM   #33 (permalink)
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To be honest it makes it much easier if everyone knows who it is. You can spend a sentence or two stating what they did on the album and then you can just talk about what you think of it. On my top 100 there were more obscure artists and I had to go on about what it sounded like, here I don't. Everyone knows who Bob Dylan is so I don't have to spend much time talking about his sound. I'm doing Nick Drake next.
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Old 12-17-2007, 08:30 PM   #34 (permalink)
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"Self Portrait (1970)"


An album that from the start Shows a different Dylan. Opening with female vocals harmonizing the same line over and over I actually had to skip All the Tired Horses because it was 2 minutes into it, the same thing the entire time that seemed to steadily build. The sad part is, this song tends to set the mood for the entire album. Boring, country and a step-down from Nashville Country. This is the first Dylan album I've heard that I haven't really loved. I mean, they're good country songs but I've come to expect much more from Dylan than this album delivered. Songs like Days of 49 are enjoyable but they're no Desolation Row. Some of the songs on here are almost shameful, particularly the laid back live version of Like a Rolling Stone. This album is a testament to what happens when an artist no longer sets certain standards for his music. It's a good album but when the majority of the music you've released up to that point has been so much more than good, good isn't something you want to strive for, greatness is.

Funny snippet from an interview I found while researching this:
Interviewer: "The sleeve is I suppose, interesting? But are you a painter Mr.Dylan?"
Bob Dylan: "Yeah I guess you could say that. I paint a lot"
Interviewer: "Do you exhibit too?"
Bob Dylan: "My paintings are always on exhibition"
Interviewer: "Really?"
Bob Dylan: "Yes over the year I painted the entire outside of my house"
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Old 12-18-2007, 11:21 PM   #35 (permalink)
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"New Morning (1970)"


I'm actually surprised to find myself liking this CD. I knew he had some good 70s albums but I always thought they were during the mid/late seventies and I certainly didn't expect a really good one to follow Self Portrait but this album proved that wrong. After reading up so much on Dylan and listening to so much I can safely say this is somewhat of an unsung hero of a release. It's very different from any side of Dylan we've seen prior to this and when listening to this I think that's certainly a good thing.

It's slightly laid back, but not in the almost apathetic way you heard on Self Portrait. It's more laid back in the I'm changing kind of way. This CD is definitely a rootsy release, touching on blues, gospel, jazz and country it's mostly piano driven. Dylan does some things I've never heard before or even expected, particularly "If Dogs Run Free" which reminds me so much of Jack Kerouac, Dylan's beat influences definitely shine through. I know many people haven't heard this album and probably because it came during a rather awkward time during Dylan's career but I strongly suggest you to listen to it. It's not Like a Rolling Stone or even Blowin' in the Wind, it's a new Dylan and he's still got it.

Favorite Lyric: "Winterlude, let's go down to the chapel / Then come back and cook up a meal / Well, come out when the skating rink glistens / By the sun, near the old crossroads sign / The snow is so cold, but our love can be bold / Winterlude, don't be rude, please be mine."
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:10 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)


This is a soundtrack composed almost entirely of instrumental tracks, with the exception of two songs Knockin' On Heavens Door and Billy 4. The former is a very strong track the latter is a good song but it pales in comparison to Knockin' On Heavens Door. There's not much to say about it really, Knockin On Heavens Door is a great great great song (try and forget the butchered Guns and Roses version when listening to this one) and the instrumental tracks show Dylan to be a good guitarist something that I never really paid attention to before. All in all it's a good soundtrack, doesn't work as an album for obvious reasons even if it is entirely done by Dylan.

Favorite Lyric: "Mama, put my guns in the ground / I can't shoot them anymore / That long black cloud is comin' down / I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door."
Favorite Songs: Knockin' On Heavens Door, Final Theme, Billy 4, Main Title Theme, Billy 7
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:13 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

This is a soundtrack composed almost entirely of instrumental tracks, with the exception of two songs Knockin' On Heavens Door and Billy 4. The former is a very strong track the latter is a good song but doesn't even compare to Knockin' On Heavens Door. There's not much to say about it really, Knockin On Heavens Door is a great song and it shows Dylan to be a good guitarist something that I never really paid attention to before. It's a good soundtrack, doesn't work as an album for obvious reasons even if it is entirely done by Dylan.
Favorite Lyric: "Mama, put my guns in the ground / I can't shoot them anymore / That long black cloud is comin' down / I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door."
Favorite Songs: Knockin' On Heavens Door, Final Theme, Billy 4, Main Title Theme, Billy 7
I may have to revisit the album as it's a great movie. One of Peckinpah's lost classics.
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:20 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Dylan played Alias in it, I'm interested to see it.

EDIT: Bad news folks, I can't find his 1973 release "Dylan" anywhere so we're going to have to skip it. If someone could get that to me that would appreciated.
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:37 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Dylan & - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

That it?
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:36 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Yeah I just got it though so I'll review it in a second.
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