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« Reply #175 on: December 03, 2017, 06:10:07 AM »

Came across live version of 'I Want You' from 1981 tour on a Dylan forum. This sounds fantastic!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loGGv2bX-QE
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« Reply #176 on: December 03, 2017, 07:55:50 AM »

I must confess that the studio version of I Want You is not one of my favorite Dylan songs. But this version is great. Sounds like he really wants her!

(The middle portion of the video is of my city, New Orleans)
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« Reply #177 on: December 03, 2017, 08:05:40 AM »

I must confess that the studio version of I Want You is not one of my favorite Dylan songs. But this version is great. Sounds like he really wants her!

(The middle portion of the video is of my city, New Orkeans)
It was apparently performed in your city, according to Dylan fans on said forum.
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« Reply #178 on: March 29, 2018, 02:56:50 PM »

Just finished reading "The Monk's Record Player: Thomas Merton, Bob Dylan, and the Perilous Summer of 1966."
 Had to read it as I'm a fan of Merton and Dylan. Primarily a bio of Merton, a Catholic Trappist monk in Kentucky, it describes how, during a turbulent time in his life, he came to listen to the record Highway 61 Revisited and was blown away. He asked a friend to send some more albums - he was able to borrow a record player to listen to them. Dylan's poetry moved him tremendously and he tried to meet him but was unsuccessful (he did meet Joan Baez a couple of times). His last record purchase was John Wesley Harding.
The book shows the parallel events taking place with the two, how Dylan's poetry influenced Mertons (and in a way you can say that he "went electric", leaving fans scratching their heads in dismay). It's not a long book but I found it very engaging.
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« Reply #179 on: October 21, 2018, 12:28:36 PM »

I've ranked all of Dylan's albums through Desire. Only omitting Before The Flood and greatest hits compilations. This ranking reflects my personal preference. No attempt to be objective! None at all. Feel free to express your disbelief.

1. Another Side of Bob Dylan
2. Blood on the Tracks
3. The Times They Are A'Changin'
4. Bringing It All Back Home
5. Highway 61 Revisited
6. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
7. New Morning
8. Desire
9. Planet Waves
10. Bob Dylan
11. John Wesley Harding
12. Blonde on Blonde
13. Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
14. Dylan
15. Nashville Skyline
16. The Basement Tapes
17. Self Portrait
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« Reply #180 on: November 10, 2018, 08:49:46 PM »

Wasn't able to catch him when he was in our general vicinity, but have been intrigued about how he honors singers/songwriters in the various places he performs.
Heard a very interesting take on James Brown's It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World at his concert in Augusta, Georgia; and Johnny Mercer's Moon River in Savannah.

Trying to get the time to listen to, first, Blood on the Tracks, and then, the newly released More Blood on the Tracks. Anybody hear this yet?
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« Reply #181 on: February 17, 2019, 05:25:44 PM »

Read an article today. Author wanted to know the appeal of the song "Cottonfields" to Dylan. Dylan had praised the song in his Nobel Prize speech.
Also mentions the BBs and that they had an international hit with this song.

https://bob-dylan.org.uk/archives/9763

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« Reply #182 on: April 10, 2019, 10:55:25 AM »

Poor old Bob is getting a bit of a lambasting in another topic so being a gallant SOB I shall rush to his rescue. LOL

My one Dylan purchase ever was this single in 1965. "Gates of Eden" wasn't my cup of tea (most Dylan isn't) but the A-side still sounds stunning!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwOfCgkyEj0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Like_a_Rolling_Stone
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« Reply #183 on: June 06, 2019, 12:56:22 PM »

This lullaby came to mind during today's evening walk. I like the sentiment. I remember hearing this album on breakfast radio before heading off to work in early 1974, the year I chose to move to the Netherlands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frj2CLGldC4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forever_Young_(Bob_Dylan_song)
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« Reply #184 on: June 07, 2019, 03:12:47 AM »

This lullaby came to mind during today's evening walk. I like the sentiment. I remember hearing this album on breakfast radio before heading off to work in early 1974, the year I chose to move to the Netherlands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frj2CLGldC4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forever_Young_(Bob_Dylan_song)

I love that album. Pretty underrated I think. Some of the songs foreshadow the confessional direction he would take with Blood on the Tracks (Going, Going, Gone, Dirge, Wedding Song). Yet while Blood has always felt a bit too FM-friendly to me in places, the sound of Waves is just excellent, with The Band's homespun rawness in full display.
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« Reply #185 on: June 07, 2019, 05:10:27 AM »

Checked again in 8 yrs Highway 61 Revisited & again disliked it big time. I believe in Mick Jagger's music taste who stated that "Desolation Row" is his favorite BD song. It's nice but samey, must be shorter at least by 90%. Still find BD's voice really ear-attacking. Shoulda purposely change voice, adopt different voice. Singing is akin to, in a way, acting.
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« Reply #186 on: June 07, 2019, 05:12:51 AM »

This lullaby came to mind during today's evening walk. I like the sentiment. I remember hearing this album on breakfast radio before heading off to work in early 1974, the year I chose to move to the Netherlands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frj2CLGldC4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forever_Young_(Bob_Dylan_song)

I love that album. Pretty underrated I think. Some of the songs foreshadow the confessional direction he would take with Blood on the Tracks (Going, Going, Gone, Dirge, Wedding Song). Yet while Blood has always felt a bit too FM-friendly to me in places, the sound of Waves is just excellent, with The Band's homespun rawness in full display.

Agreed about The Band's contribution. It takes the album to another level. "Going, Going, Gone" has some wonderfully spooky guitar from Robbie. It's just supremely irritating that the album version is nowhere to be found online. Undecided 
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« Reply #187 on: June 07, 2019, 06:36:58 AM »

Checked again in 8 yrs Highway 61 Revisited & again disliked it big time. I believe in Mick Jagger's music taste who stated that "Desolation Row" is his favorite BD song. It's nice but samey, must be shorter at least by 90%. Still find BD's voice really ear-attacking. Shoulda purposely change voice, adopt different voice. Singing is akin to, in a way, acting.

I actually love Dylan's voice on High 61 Revisited. Nobody could've sang Ballad of a Thin Man quite like that. Perfect intonation on the "...do you, Mr. Jones?" part.
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And, for anyone who has actually experienced them, surfing and cars carry PLENTY of emotion and life experience. They can carry as much metaphor as any Van Dyke Parks clever epistle.
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« Reply #188 on: June 07, 2019, 01:36:40 PM »

I actually love Dylan's voice on High 61 Revisited. Nobody could've sang Ballad of a Thin Man quite like that. Perfect intonation on the "...do you, Mr. Jones?" part.

I'm warming to this topic.  Grin

Astonishing, for a self-confessed hater of most live stuff, this is probably my favourite version of "Ballad". What an atmosphere, nicely helped along by what Greil Marcus calls "the otherworldly tentacles of [Garth] Hudson's organ". Electric in every sense! Roll Eyes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63ucJmVonAc
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« Reply #189 on: June 09, 2019, 01:19:14 PM »

This lullaby came to mind during today's evening walk. I like the sentiment. I remember hearing this album on breakfast radio before heading off to work in early 1974, the year I chose to move to the Netherlands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frj2CLGldC4

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forever_Young_(Bob_Dylan_song)

I love that album. Pretty underrated I think. Some of the songs foreshadow the confessional direction he would take with Blood on the Tracks (Going, Going, Gone, Dirge, Wedding Song). Yet while Blood has always felt a bit too FM-friendly to me in places, the sound of Waves is just excellent, with The Band's homespun rawness in full display.

Agreed about The Band's contribution. It takes the album to another level. "Going, Going, Gone" has some wonderfully spooky guitar from Robbie. It's just supremely irritating that the album version is nowhere to be found online. Undecided 
It may turn up yet. Dylan's VEVO channel recently added about 70 of Bob's studio tracks to youtube.
Planet Waves was the first new Dylan album I ever bought - on cassette! And I still have it! It doesn't sound too bad for a 45 year old tape. I think it's a great album - and might be one of the better albums for someone you are trying to introduce to the Bobster. It doesn't have any of those Desolation Row/Lowlands type of songs that go on forever - verse, verse, verse, verse, verse, verse, verse, verse, harmonica solo, verse, harmonica solo.  LOL I think it's some of the best singing he's ever done, and of course The Band just instinctively bring out the best in his songs.
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