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Old 12-20-2004, 11:55 AM   #1
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Getting into Bob Dylan

I'm currently trying to get into Bob Dylan. Besides getting his Essentials CD as a primer, can any of you give me any advice on what other records of his to get, and your thoughts on him? Thanks!!
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Blood On The Tracks
Time Out Of Mind
Blonde On Blonde (which I myself don't own, yet, lol)

All of the above = essential Dylan listening.
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Highway 61 Revisited.

Especially for tracks 1 (Like a Rolling Stone), 3 (It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry) and track 5 (Ballad of a Thin Man)
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Yeah, what they said. ^
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Highway 61 Revisited.

Especially for tracks 1 (Like a Rolling Stone), 3 (It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry) and track 5 (Ballad of a Thin Man)

I knew I was forgetting one.
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Old 12-20-2004, 12:23 PM   #6
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That list makes me wanna go out and hit an HMV.
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Depends on what you want. If you want the more rock side, go for Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, or Bringing It All Back Home (which is half folk). The Freewheelin Bob Dylan is his best folk album and Blood on the Tracks is his best singer/somgwriter album.

His new stuff is also great but I would go for Love and Theft over Time out of Mind as it is more fun.

Sorry, kind of a long list for a beginner.
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bit difficult getting into dylan really

i mean you could see his insides quite readily from any handy bio textbook

ok i have nothing constructive to say, except i like 'tangled up in blue' a lot.
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Go get the two record set of the Rolling Thunder Revue from 1975. It's on my top 15 list of best albums I own. It's got a lotta rock and roll on it and it just cooks!
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My first two Dylan albums were Like A Rolling Stone and Love and Theft, and to be honest, it took me a while to get into more than a few songs.

Blood On the Tracks is the album that really turned me on to him. It's his most consistent and accessible. I'd start there.
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i shall be released is a fucking genius of a song. I still have a bit of trouble with his voice.. hopefully i can get over that.
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Highway 61 Revisited all the way. Can't stand Blonde on Blonde personally. Desire is another personal favorite. Blood on the Tracks is essential.
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Since Dylan has released so many (good) albums, many people will give different suggestions.

So, apart from
- Bringing It All Back Home (as said, half folk, half rock, including Mr. Tambourine Man, Maggie's Farm and Subterranean Homesick Blues)
- Highway 61 Revisited (great folk rock with Like A Rolling Stone, Ballad Of A Thin Man and Desolation Row)
- Blonde On Blonde (described by himself as the closes he got to the sound in his head with I Want You and Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 & 35)
- Blood On The Tracks (I have to confess I don't have this one, but Tangled Up In Blue is great, while Idiot Wind is extremely bitter)
- Time Out Of Mind (Dylan's voice is gone, but the heartache remains, with Love Sick, Cold Irons Bound and Not Dark Yet)

I also want to recommend Oh Mercy. It's the first time he collaborated with Daniel Lanois and has some wonderful songs on them, like Most Of The Time, Ring Them Bells and What Good Am I?

C ya!

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All those named plus The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. It's a great, great album and one of my favorites with some of his great classics like Blowing In The Wind, A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall and the great and amazing Masters Of War!!!! Amazing lyrics!!!
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if I could recommend only one Bob Dylan album and it couldn't be a greatest hits or any other kind of compilation........I'd definitely have to say that Bringing It All Back Home is the best.......without a doubt

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