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Bob Dylan

Postby Goatboy » Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:56 am UTC

So, I have The Essential Bob Dylan, and it treats me well, but I don't like being that guy who only has greatest hits discs, but the Dylan catalog is a little intimidating. Any suggestions?
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Re: Bob Dylan

Postby aaron » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:14 am UTC

Give me your favorite songs from your CD and I'll give you songs in the vein of that song and/or from that era. I'm a big Dylan fan.

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Re: Bob Dylan

Postby The Spherical Cow » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:19 am UTC

Blonde on Blonde would be my first suggestion. It's probably my favourite Dylan album. From your Essential, there's the tracks "Just Like a Woman" and "I Want You" (assuming it's the same one I own.)

For folkier stuff, maybe go for The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan ("Blowin' In The Wind", "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"), or the one just titled Bob Dylan (None, I don't think). I prefer the self-titled one personally.

I'm not a huge Dylan buff, but these are the places I started out.

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Re: Bob Dylan

Postby davef » Tue Dec 18, 2007 1:32 am UTC

Personally, I find an awful lot of his very early stuff (acoustic guitar, harmonica, whining) to be unlistenable. However, I have his three most recent albums - Time Out Of Mind, Love And Theft and Modern Times which I adore. He doesn't sing anymore so much as grumble, and his voice has become very gravelly (not quite like Tom Waits but getting there.) Also the production is much better. (I'm a bit of an audio nazi.) Never really been one to pay a massive amount of attention to lyrics, so dyed-in-the-wool Dylanists will say I'm not getting his early stuff at all, but I find the whole package really hits the mark for me with those three.
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Re: Bob Dylan

Postby Goatboy » Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:32 am UTC

My favourite songs are "It Ain't Me, Babe," "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" (it never gets old), "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" and "Hurricane."
Also, regarding my comment about greatest hits discs: that in no way applies to b-sides/rarities collections, live albums, or tributes.
I've also thought a bit about those three new ones, davef, it's good to know somebody that's not a music journalist enjoys them.
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Re: Bob Dylan

Postby aaron » Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:47 am UTC

Try out Blonde on Blonde and Bringing It All Back Home. Hurricane is a great song, I have to agree, but the album it's on is very =|. Highway 61 Revisited is a classic, of course. My favorite Dylan album is Before The Flood (with The Band.)

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Re: Bob Dylan

Postby someguy » Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:06 am UTC

davef wrote:Personally, I find an awful lot of his very early stuff (acoustic guitar, harmonica, whining) to be unlistenable. However, I have his three most recent albums - Time Out Of Mind, Love And Theft and Modern Times which I adore.

I'm not sure I'd call them unlistenable myself, but they can certainly be 'tiring' considering it's just him and a guitar, there's little variation. Still, if the OP wanted to start there, I'd suggest The Other Side of Bob Dylan. I would also personally leave the later albums for later.

I agree with whoever said you should get Blonde on Blonde first; it might seem a bit long at first (it was originally a double album) but that one alone should keep you busy for a few months. Then after that one you could possibly get, say... Highway 61?
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Re: Bob Dylan

Postby Clumpy » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:36 pm UTC

I have Modern Times. It's good - pretty old-school songs that predate the rock era.

Most of the songs are very simple and long, but somehow the record ends up as more than the sum of its parts.

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Re: Bob Dylan

Postby yelly » Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:16 pm UTC

aaron wrote:Try out Blonde on Blonde and Bringing It All Back Home. Hurricane is a great song, I have to agree, but the album it's on is very =|.

I personally really, really like Desire, it stirs me every time (but maybe I am biased, my nappies were changed to it). So yeah, Desire is great.
Apart from that, definitely Blond on Blond and Highway 61.
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Re: Bob Dylan

Postby someguy » Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:25 pm UTC

Oh btw, I meant to post a link to this the other day; it's one of the reasons why Blonde on Blonde was my first Dylan album.

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