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I'm in my mum and dad's house and it's dylanariffic. I'm spoilt for choice.
Bringing It All Back Home
Highway 61 Revisited
They're the three I have anyway, and they're pretty good. I don't really see what all the fuss is about though.
for me his greatest are:
another side of bob dylan: very early and intimate
the times they are a changin: full of classics, IMO his best 'folk' album
bringing it all back home: maybe a good place to start as it's half folk half electric
highway 61: probably my favourite album ever ever. every song is incredible. my head explodes with joy whenever i hear queen jane approximately
desire: cool rambling songs; plus it has sara which is amazing
blood on the tracks: incredible, full of bile towards his wife. i still cant believe he sings "you're an idiot babe, it's a wonder that you still know how to breathe" on idiot wind
live in '66: at the free trade hall. the first half is him wearily playing folk with hatred and drug-adled exaustion in his voice. the second he plays electric with unbearable invective; the judas heckle at the end leads to one of my favourite musical moments, dylan telling his band to 'play fucking loud'.
but really anything before '75 and you cant go wrong. except with self portrait. you can go very wrong with self portrait.
live in 64 because he sounds so happy. and joan baez is on it too. and the freewheelin has so many classics; blowin in the wind, corrina corrina and i shall be free...
Freewheelin' is excellent - highlight is don't think twice....
Blonde on Blonde is the standard many work to. Big tracks on there. For me Visions of Johanna is amazing.
Highway 61 Revisited is one of the big ones. Desolation Row. Ballad of a Thin Man. Unsurpassable in my book.
Blood on the Tracks is the main one you should just straight to your collection and put on straight away. Simple Twist of Fate. Tangled Up in Blue. I could go on.
Going into to the 70s......we can look at Desire. Brilliant album. Different use of the folk asthetic. Big electric band with the fiddle etc etc.
Street Legal uses the same instruments, but with a more gospel feel (he had recently converted to Christanity at this point).
New Morning is good. But not great.
80s Dylan (many give a sharp intake of breath): Oh Mercy (Produced by Daniel Lanois) is really good, and 90s Dylan - Love and Theft is good as is Time out of Mind (again, produced by Lanois).
The Bootleg albums are good.
But the main run down is:
Highway 61 Revisited
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
Just ask if you want to know about the Bootleg stuff
I love it. It's so happy. A bit silly sometimes but it just seems so care free. New Morning is one of the the happiest songs I've ever heard.
is great as well. It takes a bit of getting used to but there's some really good stuff on there.
Ring Them Bells, Where Teardrops Fall, Most Of The Time, What Good Am I?
..it's "the best of bob dylan".
I always expected "the very best of bob dylan" is edge it out, but it never really did. the omission of the times they are a changin was a big error there.
sorry, i dont like bob dylan. his singing is quite good, but the lyrics.. i just cant take them.
Just how people could get so worked up about someone deciding to play an electric guitar is beyond me. And it's aces. Also I recommend Slow Train Coming because I'm contrary. And Nashville Skyline because it's short and sweet.
You're of a rare school which like his singing, but not the words.
Most Dylan Dislikers are the other way.
Read the words. He is a massive influence on the lo-fi of today.
No Dylan lyrics, no Bright Eyes in my opinion.
I'm ok with people having differing opinions but I do not understand it when people don't like dylan.
People who think they dislike Dylan actually love him, they just don't realise it yet.
I always hoped no one would ever ask this. It's impossible.
I spose Blonde on Blonde is the obvious choice.
But then theres Highway 61, Blood on the Tracks, The Freewheelin, Desire, Another Side Of, etc etc. Even the Bottleg Series albums are immense.
Just buy everything.
Rolling Thunder Revue.
but I can't decide. I'm on another side of at present, but it's going to finish soon then I'm going to have to decide again. It's so stressful.
What have you listened to already?
I usually find myself listening to Another Side of at least twice.
I think my main problem is people saying how great his lyrics are. They publish them in BOOKS. They arent that good. It's like that thing on pulp records - "you shouldnt read these listening to the songs". They only really work in the context of the song.
He's not a poet. Just a song writer. A lot of his lyrics I find either quite cheesy, or just nonsensical.
He's from a different generation though; and i dont know if it's meant to say anything to me about my life.
What I said about people not realising they like him was slightly tongue in cheek.
But yeah, I agree about him being a songwriter. Although I like his lyrics, he never wanted to be a spokesman or anything, all he ever though of himself as was a songwriter.
it's the only explanation.
my dad only listens to the beatles. he must have been too old, or clean, to be a hippy.
my mum has weird taste in music. that seems to be glam sutff and leonard cohen. ACE!
pretty much nowt but Rod Stewart. :-(
like when my dad told me he'd never smoked for the first 20 years of my life.
Although I have to confess. I did just put the freewheelin' bob dylan on, after posting that. And was quite enjoying it.
As long as i dont try to listen to the lyrics i really like it.
I should like him really. He's kind of like the old bright eyes.
bob dylan is the old bright eyes. I love it.
That's my personal favourite.
said dylan is not a poet obviously has never heard last thought on woody guthrie
every Dylan album i have.
Which = about 15
is a giant, it's almost impossible to pick a favourite, but if pushed...Highway 61 Revisited because of Desolation Row
and there is no way his lyrics are 'cheesy', that is objectively wrong