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Old 05-25-2016, 01:14 AM   #76
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Bumping this for Old Bober's 75th. Let's make some lists.


Top 5 Zimmy albums:

1. Highway 61 Revisited
2. Oh Mercy
3. Blood On The Tracks
4. New Morning
5. Time Out Of Mind


Top 20 Songs (because there's too damned many for just 10):

1. Jokerman (Infidels, 1983)
2. Visions of Johanna (Blonde on Blonde, 1966)
3. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)
4. Like A Rolling Stone (Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)
5. I Shall Be Released (Basement Tapes sessions w/ The Band, 1967)
6. Most Of The Time (Oh Mercy, 1989)
7. Positively 4th Street (single, 1965)
8. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963)
9. If Dogs Run Free (New Morning, 1970)
10. Queen Jane Approximately (Highway 61 Revisited, 1965)
11. You're A Big Girl Now (Blood on the Tracks, 1974)
12. Political World (Oh Mercy, 1989)
13. The Day of the Locusts (New Morning, 1970)
14. Simple Twist Of Fate (Blood on the Tracks, 1974)
15. Romance In Durango (Desire, 1976)
16. Hurricane (Desire, 1976)
17. Ring Them Bells (Oh Mercy, 1989)
18. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) (Street Legal, 1978)
19. Dignity (Oh Mercy sessions, 1989)
20. High Water (For Charley Patton) (Love and Theft, 2001)
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Old 05-25-2016, 09:45 AM   #77
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Wow, that is really high for Oh Mercy. Think that needs some explanation.

For me:

1. Blood on the Tracks
2. Highway 61 Revisited
3. Blonde on Blonde
4. Time out of Mind
5. Bringing It All Back Home

Not a terribly exciting list, I know, but all of those are undeniable classics.
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:31 AM   #78
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I've written pretty extensively on Oh Mercy. I love Lanois' production, and Dylan hadn't written a collection of songs that good since Infidels (which left off some of the best songs from its sessions).

But I'm not alone:

To celebrate the album's 20th anniversary, Montague Street Journal: The Art of Bob Dylan dedicated roughly half of its debut issue (published in 2009) to a roundtable discussion on Oh Mercy.

In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at #33 in its list of "40 Best Albums of the '80s".

Consensus was strong enough to place Oh Mercy at #15 in The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics Poll for 1989.

Also in 1989, Oh Mercy was ranked #44 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.


It should also be noted that Dylan's voice on this album sounds fantastic. By the time he made Time Out Of Mind...not so much (though there was improvement on Love and Theft).

And when Volume One of Dylan's Chronicles autobiography came out, he spent a significant amount of time talking about the writing and recording of that album, and only two other LPs got that kind of attention (ironically, I think New Morning was one of them).
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Old 05-25-2016, 02:22 PM   #79
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Maybe I need to relisten. A few tracks on there are brilliant, like Ring Them Bells and Man in the Long Black Coat. They have a pleasant but menacing southwest vibe to them. I have trouble remembering much else off the top of my head, though.
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Most of the Time?? That one's been lauded in many places. Also Shooting Star is a pleasantly simple closer that ranks very high for me. Dylan did a great version of it on his Unplugged episode.

Political World is a lot of fun, and still timely. Same with Everything Is Broken.
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Most of the Time?? That one's been lauded in many places. Also Shooting Star is a pleasantly simple closer that ranks very high for me. Dylan did a great version of it on his Unplugged episode.

Political World is a lot of fun, and still timely. Same with Everything Is Broken.
Most of the Time is my favorite Dylan song. I know it's not his best (it's close though), but I have a real attachment to it.

I agree with Laz on Oh Mercy. It's a great, and somewhat underrated album.
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Top 5 ZIMM

1. Highway 61 Revisited
2. Blood on the Tracks
3. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
4. Bringing It All Back Home
5. Desire
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Desire would be in the top 5 for me if you replaced Joey with pretty much anything else from his catalogue. That song is bloody interminable.
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Most of the Time is my favorite Dylan song. I know it's not his best (it's close though), but I have a real attachment to it.

I agree with Laz on Oh Mercy. It's a great, and somewhat underrated album.
And the album could have been even better. Outtakes have circulated for some time, but with the release of Tell Tale Signs you can now officially see what it might have looked like. Series of Dreams and Dignity were obvious standouts from the sessions, and the Lanois versions of Born in Time and God Knows (both re-recorded for Under the Red Sky with weaker results) would have made it a undisputed classic. Drop filler like What Good Am I? and Where Teardrops Fall and it's near-perfect.

I've had my own custom playlist for over 10 years, I urge others to do the same.
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Desire would be in the top 5 for me if you replaced Joey with pretty anything else from his catalogue. That song is bloody interminable.
I don't love the song, but I don't hate it either. I find it rather pleasant and hypnotic, but it's probably the weakest song on an incredible album.

Top 20 songs:

1. Visions of Johanna
2. Shelter from the Storm
3. Tangled Up in Blue
4. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
5. Mr. Tambourine Man
6. Like a Rolling Stone
7. Gates of Eden
8. Simple Twist of Fate
9. Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
10. Girl From the North Country (solo or with Johnny Cash, both versions are fantastic)
11. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright
12. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
13. Lay Lady Lay
14. One Too Many Mornings (Live 1966)
15. Hurricane
16. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
17. She Belongs to Me
18. Isis
19. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
20. Queen Jane Approximately

If you're wondering why there's so much Blonde on Blonde on this list and the album isn't in my top 5, know it's #6. There are half a dozen Dylan albums that I consider masterful and that is one of them, but I arbitrarily cut the list at 5.
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Desire would be in the top 5 for me if you replaced Joey with pretty anything else from his catalogue. That song is bloody interminable.
Definitely the worst of his epic songs. Not only pales in comparison to a classic like Desolation Row or Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands, but not even close to something like Brownsville Girl, Highlands, or the Tempest for that matter.

The rest of Desire is soooo good. Would probably be in my #6 spot, or #7 after The Basement Tapes.

Just a note about Blonde on Blonde: I love the writing and the sound/instrumentation and the quality of the material is consistent, but it just doesn't have many standout tracks for me, unfortunate as it's a double album. Outside of Visions Of Johanna and Just Like A Woman, there isn't much I get excited to hear.
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I can't make a top twenty songs at the moment, but my #1 is One More Cup of Coffee. Gorgeous off-kilter melody that somehow sounds like a transmission from some previously unknown culture.
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Amazing vocal on that track too.
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