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Posts Tagged: Bob Dylan
A follow up to “Like A Rolling Stone” and “Positively 4th Street”? with “Stone” reaching # 2, “4th Street” # 7, “Crawl” wasn’t strong enough and didn’t get beyond #58
He spent hours without figuring out that he needed to slow “Visions Of Johanna” to a crawl.
Who in their right mind would record “Queen Jane Approximately” and “Ballad Of A thin Man”, look at his watch and say, hey let’s give “Desolation Row” a shot
Two of them are among the greatest songs in his career and while “Ballad Of A Thin Man” isn’t as great, that’s only comparative
Only two songs on July 30th, and only one of em made it on the album, and it was minor. Then on to August 2nd, trying to nail down “Highway 61 Revisited”.
If I’d have been aware of all this back in the day I’d have sworn it was creative suicide switching horses in midstream and guess what?
Tom, the man that added a rock band to Simon And Garfunkel’s “The Sound Of Silence” without the duo’s approval, was part of the entire process
What follows that is day one of the Highway 61 Revisited Sessions and Tom Wilson’s last stand
Fifty years later, 24 year old Dylan, goofing on song titles, orchestrating his band, sharing laughs comes down to us through the years.
Day three and this is the heart of the recording session, six songs completed and would appear on Bringing It All Back Home, an album so great we should bow down to it on Sundays and salute it when its birthday comes
I think simply showing up was good enough and how. yet again, the great bard shows the world what Americans, and entertainers, think of terrorism. The Jewish maestro thumbed his nose at them,.
Dylan is still a folkie enough to keep the retakes at a minimum and more or less the songs sound pretty set in place on the first day, by the second day the band is there and things are getting wilder
By the way, there is another connect between Paris and Dylan: Dylan is playing Austria tonight, Italy on Wednesday… I guess Grohl forgot to send him the memo…
That Dylan Collectors Edition? You listen to him deciding to cut the harp till the end of “One Of Must Know (Sooner Or Later)” because he wants to bring it in under five minutes!!!! This is heaven…
If you are going to romance something beyond recognition, by all means let it be “Like A Rolling Stone” but if you are going to claim he didn’t have the song down, and indeed, might have never released it at all, show some proof.
Sure, it is, simply, a must own: the greatest songwriter of the 20th Century at the peak of his powers… if I had $500 I’d buy the 300 track Collector’s Edition. But it isn’t quite what it appears to be.
Bootleg Tapes Volume 12 – Bob Dylan 1965 – 1966 The Cutting Edge – Six albums, sixty bucks, and worth double that if just for the fourth, the twenty song etymology of “Like A Rolling Stone” – ALBUM OF THE WEEK– A
Obviously, we’re all waiting for Bob Dylan’s greatest year in popular music every passing moment write large in one place. One complaint: could they have found a less cutting edge title than “Cutting Edge” if they tried?
Written in 2009, I would end up reviewing every decade and will repost the lot eventually. The problem, as always is what can you say that hasn’t been sad. And the answer is nothing… this gets easier when you reach the 1980s, but here in the 1960s, it is like reviewing the ten commandments.
The last time I saw Bob Dylan, two years ago at Jones Beach, was a terrific concert, by a yet again rejuvenated Zimmy, but this one? Six years ago? Dion wiped the floor with him -what went wrong? And why revisit it
It is my birthday on October 8th and I am just saying if you want to consider a gift for the man who has, well, not very much to show for his time on earth, this is the gift I would recommend .and you could buy it here If you are a cheap get there is the six CD parcel for $150, but don’t bother with the two CD set at $20 -that will be the one all over streaming.
Six years ago I reviewed every single Dylan album, decade by decade. Why? Same reasons as ever I had room to fill. Here is my look back at Dylan in the 1990s. I haven’t read this in years and years -wonder if it is any good. I do believe I’ve improved of the years. But as a fan recently mentioned, I shouldn’t be allowed to write about music
Dylan went home in 1974 with a copy of his freshly recorded album ‘Blood on the Tracks’ and his brother suggested that he re-records some of the songs ‘because too many sounded the same’. Dylan executed and re-recorded half of it at Sound 80 in Minneapolis with other musicians.
Talk about changing your mind!! Or maybe that’s the wrong way of putting it. What I wrote about Conor and Dylan was true then but six years later can’t withstand a reread but it is getting one any way. Both albums were disappointments by the way, big disappointments. But that was then…
Who knows what anybody is really really like? So take these snapshot deep character studies as semi-fictional impressionistic cliches but with some truth thrown in here and there for taste. Much like TMZ, it is gossip by other means… But there is enough info out on these folks where it isn’t SCIENCE FICTION.
It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Bob Dylan – When people claim rock music has been going downhill since the mid 60s, they could easily show this as exhibit # 1. It is not that there is a line here and there which makes sense in the grand scheme of life, it is that some of these aphorisms are now cliches – A+
Back then, though, Buck and Merle were closely associated; two of a kind. They defined the Bakersfield sound. Buck reached out to me in those days, and lifted up my spirits when I was down, I mean really down
How about Bob Dylan’s 28th top ten album., eh? How about that. Costello on the new Dylan: “I think it’s really, truthfully, one of the greatest records he’s ever made. It’s so soulful. He’s obviously lived with those songs in his heart for a long time, and he sings them that way
What have I done to deserve this special attention? No vocal range? When’s the last time you heard Dr. John? Why don’t you say that about him? Slur my words, got no diction. Have you people ever listened to Charley Patton or Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters. Talk about slurred words and no diction
before we get to Dylan’s EIGHTH # 1 album in the UK (about 20% of all the albums he has ever released), let’s scratch our heads in amazement at the return of a guitarist who performed quite well with Dylan himself, Mark Knopfler. Brothers In Arms has two 80s masterpieces an nothing else much.
Johnny Cash recorded some of my songs early on, too, up in about ’62 or ’63, when he was all skin and bones. He traveled long, he traveled hard, but he was a hero of mine. I heard many of his songs growing up. I knew them better than I knew my own. ‘Big River,’ ‘I Walk the Line.’
An unescapable world for Dylan and a heaven in the heavens for the sun. Dylan gives the song the deepness of age, the weariness it bears itself. The music, more than anywhere else here sounds like classicist (indeed, all the songs here sound like they are arranged for a full orchestra – Grade: A
It would probably Bob Dylan’s to lose in the best of weeks, but the two songs I’ve heard are terrific, the reviews are insane, the Diana Krall album is a disaster, Kid Ink is not a fave of mine and nether is Butch Waker, and anyway it is Bob Dylan, right?
“It was a real privilege to make this album. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a 5-piece band. That’s the key to all these performances.”
Why the peanut farmer former POTUS you ask? Because he is giving Bob Dylan this year’s Musicares Award and while I had my doubt as to Jimmy as far as presidents go, I sure don’t hate him. It is hard being the president, really it is. JFK was a great President, Clinton was a great President, but Carter? Well, at least he’s a Dylan fan.
He is a dynamic, charismatic presence, singing his recent songs, sometimes re-writing them already, with a passion that comes from knowing you aren’t finished, you aren’t a relic of the 60s, or 70s, or 80s, that in 2014 your work is better than it was in 1984
Albert Einstein is truly part of our pop culture and figures in many songs as expected: They Might Be Giants’ ‘The World’s Address’, Landscape‘s ‘Einstein A Go-Go’, Counting Crows’ ‘Einstein on the Beach’, Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Einstein was a Surfer’ Bob Dylan’s ‘Desolation Row’, and even Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Einstein’… so weird!
Chimes Of Freedom – Bob Dylan – Speaking of secular hymns, this was is as inclusive as a hymn can get, more so, every hung-up person in the whole wide universe even includes ETs!!! – A+
Here are the inductees for the Grammy Hall Of Fame and it is sure difficult (and a suckers game) to argue with any of them, though I’ll be happy to try but I’d have to really take a look at all the past songs inducted because, I mean, who thinks that’s Hank’s only tracK
Dylan has fought against our expectations and it has lead him, as a live performer I mean, down some dead end streets and back alleys. But at 73 years old he can manage our expectations and if you care and if you want to care and if it matters, you can leave your baggage behind and enjoy a vibrant important artist performing living, breathing pop music.
The setlist concentrates on the past 15 years to the exclusion of the golden age. Also interestingly enough, I couldn’t care less. In my opinion, Dylan has never had a fallow period but even so, this has been an incredible late period for the poet laureate on the 20th and 21st century.
this guy has recorded with about everybody in the music business, from The Rolling Stones to the Who, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, The Beatles, the Kinks, the Clash,… basically there is a great chance that the classic song stuck in your head right now, was recorded by Glyn.
If the sound wasn’t so crappy, this might have been my favorite on the entire enterprise. The first 12 tracks are real good with some much closer to being completed tracks. “Jelly Bean”, “Any Time” and “Down By The Station” may not be the major major “sign On The Cross” or “I’m Not There”… still, I don’t know em so it is more exciting.
First, liner notes helped but I tried not to steal too much. next, the heart of the matter are blues vamps after blues vamps. Writer Rob O’Connor claims it is his favorite, for me? A masterpiece no doubt, but I’m not a big blues guy…
So now the first two CDs feel like working off the rust, country and folk covers while they get in a groove, and the 3rd and 4th CDs are the heart of the original material. The problem is, it is a litle too archivival. I’m not trying to pass my exams.
Here we go, all basement tapes 75 all the time and I love it all but especially “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” take one and the stupendous mindbending “I’m Not There”. One of Dylan’s greatest.
Show me a show that opens with “Things Have Changed”, includes another movie soundtrack song, the excellent “Waitin’ For You”, has four songs that open albums, five songs off Tempest, (including the two best) and ends with a very early song and a Sinatra song that will be off his next release, and I’ll show you a set worth catching twice.
He starts off doing drunken covers, raids the cupboard from some gone and little remembered country and folk contemporaries, and ends up with a handful of originals which are basically blues workouts.
In roughly chronological order, the first thing you might notice is 16 of these songs are covers. The second is it is footed in country much more than folk. Third? It is awesome.