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Benny B
08-01-2015, 11:32 PM
not sure if there are many dylan fans on dissensus, just curious really.

Benny B
08-01-2015, 11:49 PM
only 15 options so i missed off his first lp, pat garrett and dylan (whos gonna vote for them?)

also basement tapes cos its likely been superceded by that new boxset thing which i still havent heard yet but by all accounts is awesome

craner
08-01-2015, 11:49 PM
Blood on the Tracks.

The only one for me. Gorgeous, nasty. A ripped-up hate letter accidentally released.

luka
09-01-2015, 12:02 AM
Agreed

luka
09-01-2015, 12:03 AM
But I've got time for a lot of the earlier bits

droid
09-01-2015, 01:09 PM
John Wesley Harding, but 'Girl from the north country' being his best tune IMO.

luka
09-01-2015, 02:07 PM
mental. incomprehensible.

droid
09-01-2015, 02:18 PM
lol

droid
09-01-2015, 02:24 PM
The pair of ye. Always going for the drama, the romance, the big statement - at the expense of the austere, the unassuming, the deceptively simple.

luka
09-01-2015, 02:27 PM
always and forever. lets have someone operating at the peak of their powers not playing possom.

droid
09-01-2015, 02:31 PM
Kenny Buttery, Charlie McCoy, the tightest drum and bass combo in Nashville.

The anti-pepper.

Written and recorded in 6 weeks as a deliberate 'album of songs'.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Corpsey
09-01-2015, 04:24 PM
If it's not Blood on the Tracks, it's Highway 61 Revisited.


Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Like a Rolling Stone" 6:13
2. "Tombstone Blues" 6:00
3. "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry" 4:09
4. "From a Buick 6" 3:19
5. "Ballad of a Thin Man" 5:58
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Queen Jane Approximately" 5:31
7. "Highway 61 Revisited" 3:30
8. "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" 5:32
9. "Desolation Row"

I had a short lived phase at Uni (natch) where I was convinced Dylan was this next-level genius and I would feel palpable shivers going down my neck when listening to ''Simple Twist of Fate". Maybe I was right? He is good. One of the best stupid voices in music.

Leo
09-01-2015, 05:35 PM
only 15 options so i missed off his first lp, pat garrett and dylan (whos gonna vote for them?)

also basement tapes cos its likely been superceded by that new boxset thing which i still havent heard yet but by all accounts is awesome

how could you omit his christmas album?!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8qE6WQmNus

luka
09-01-2015, 07:13 PM
What is bens opinion?

Benny B
09-01-2015, 07:30 PM
What is bens opinion?

well in light of the comments above, you're not gonna like it...

I've gone for john wesley harding simply because its the one i keep coming back to the most over the years, The real answer is probably highway 61/blood on the tracks/blonde on blonde, but theres something so simple and mysterious about the songs on jwh that keeps me coming back.

this is my fave dylan song, proper deep.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw0PTv5rlTw

Benny B
09-01-2015, 08:42 PM
wait a minute, thats not the right version!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8LrQFkniE0

benjybars
09-01-2015, 09:12 PM
I've got a lot of time for the first album. Should be on the poll. I wouldn't vote for it, but it should be there..

Had a bit of a Dylan resurgence myself recently so this is a well-timed thread. I've been battering JWH, Freewheelin', Desire and BOTT.

Also been listening to a LOT of Bootleg Vol.2 and Vol.6.

i know people go over the top about dylan, and i have often found myself thinking that maybe people who don't like him are actually on to something. But nah, he is fucking great!

luka
09-01-2015, 09:19 PM
so many great songs. what a don.

Benny B
09-01-2015, 10:32 PM
Also been listening to a LOT of Bootleg Vol.2 and Vol.6.



word

the official bootleg comps are great, at leat the one ive heard. need to get the new basement tapes one cos the original basement tapes lp that came out is one of my faves.

love the shaggy dog story ones like this


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkF2j5-SrQY

STN
09-01-2015, 10:38 PM
Oh Mercy for me. Will vote for Blood on the Tracks in the absence of that tho.

droid
09-01-2015, 10:46 PM
well in light of the comments above, you're not gonna like it...

I've gone for john wesley harding simply because its the one i keep coming back to the most over the years, The real answer is probably highway 61/blood on the tracks/blonde on blonde, but theres something so simple and mysterious about the songs on jwh that keeps me coming back.

this is my fave dylan song, proper deep.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw0PTv5rlTw

Ha!! In your FACE Luka.

:D

+ Exquisite taste points for Benny

luka
09-01-2015, 10:53 PM
Lol it ain't over till it's over... I'm allergic to c&w

droid
09-01-2015, 11:43 PM
wait a minute, thats not the right version!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8LrQFkniE0

Big fan of this one:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsk-aHVOmlU

droid
09-01-2015, 11:44 PM
Would love to hear from Woebot on this one.

luka
09-01-2015, 11:56 PM
Why not look up k punks trolling thread ' I don't get Dylan and i never will ' Matthew says bringing it all back home is best, I just looked.

droid
10-01-2015, 12:37 AM
Ah, I wouldve said blonde.

droid
10-01-2015, 01:33 AM
Why not look up k punks trolling thread ' I don't get Dylan and i never will ' Matthew says bringing it all back home is best, I just looked.

That was a great thread. Here's his list:


obv

biabh
highway
blonde

also-rans

freewheelin (too good)
john wesley
blood
basement
desire

over-rated

times
another side
flood
bob1

not good

nashville
new morning

Woebot
11-01-2015, 05:03 PM
only 15 options so i missed off his first lp, pat garrett and dylan (whos gonna vote for them?)

also basement tapes cos its likely been superceded by that new boxset thing which i still havent heard yet but by all accounts is awesome

good poll benny.

i put in for the freewheeling but perhaps it's blood on the tracks - or blonde on blonde. closely followed by john wesley - so in fact (i see) very close to the dissensus ;-)

another side is too sincere, bringing is uneven, highway 61 is long-winded.

while certainly yes i agree about not including the 1st lp but this is a wonder


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z8IAFHUOoE

and this from the bootlegs


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsMlSetwK-s

there is a certain radioactive intensity to the earlier stuff which is why i think i chose freewheeling... that and it's funny.

benjybars
12-01-2015, 01:19 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uB2uGYhN60

think this is my favourite tune from the bootlegs

Woebot
24-01-2015, 05:13 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x-0aECsy98

droid
29-10-2015, 10:48 AM
Radio 4 mini doc marking the 50th(!!!!) anniversary of Highway 61:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06gtk2l

subvert47
27-02-2016, 12:01 PM
The Times They Are A-Changin'

sorry ;)

droid
27-02-2016, 04:40 PM
Ive been listening to every Dylan LP. Observations so far:

Pat Garret is throwaway bar 'knockin'. It even has pan pipes.

New morning is unmitigated shite.

His voice on Nashville skyline is beguilingly strange. Ive become slightly obsessed with it.

There's a 5 hour youtube vid full of early stuff Ive never heard. Will dig it out.

STN
27-02-2016, 05:03 PM
Come on, the first three on new morning are wicked! Then it does drag rather...

Benny B
27-02-2016, 08:22 PM
Havent listened for years but i remember liking new morning quite a lot. The man in me is a tune despite ropey lyrics. Planet waves is another overlooked one from that period that is decent. Self portrait is the first real stinker i think.

droid
27-02-2016, 08:33 PM
Planet waves doesnt seem too bad. Listening now.

droid
11-03-2016, 11:59 PM
Might have been a touch hard on New Morning, its not totally awful, but it is a mess. Sounds unmastered. Cover art is a joke.

One thing I will say about blood on the tracks - the new york versions are the way to go. Far superior version of idiot wind, which is probably the best tune. Matt otm there.

Benny B
12-03-2016, 09:36 AM
its the most fusty soft-shoe dad music ever, but i even like time out of mind, love and theft and modern times. this is how to age gracefully imo. TOOM in particular seems like he's already done his equivalent to blackstar (not in sound, but subject matter). haven't heard the last couple he did yet though.

good as i been to you and world gone wrong are worth a listen too in the trad-dad vein

benjybars
12-03-2016, 11:13 AM
its the most fusty soft-shoe dad music ever, but i even like time out of mind, love and theft and modern times. this is how to age gracefully imo. TOOM in particular seems like he's already done his equivalent to blackstar (not in sound, but subject matter). haven't heard the last couple he did yet though.

good as i been to you and world gone wrong are worth a listen too in the trad-dad vein

yep, now that I am actually a dad, I feel a lot less guilty about my love for the later albums..

Benny B
12-03-2016, 11:33 AM
haha me too.

i even went to see dylan with my dad around love and theft times. there were loads of father-son combos there, including many bored 10 year olds tugging at dad's trousers and tip-toeing to get a look at the dapper elderly gent on stage.

he was magnificent

mistersloane
12-03-2016, 05:28 PM
Bob Dylan is fucking awful.

Benny B
14-03-2016, 09:18 AM
Bob Dylan is fucking awful.

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s278/dogyears_photos/dylan%20waste%20time%20gif.gif (http://s154.photobucket.com/user/dogyears_photos/media/dylan%20waste%20time%20gif.gif.html)

droid
22-03-2016, 04:30 PM
Nice piece on the recording of 'sad eyed lady' here:

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/may10/articles/classictracks_0510.htm


"He ran down a verse and a chorus and he just quit and said, 'We'll do a verse and a chorus, then I'll play my harmonica thing. Then we'll do another verse and chorus and I'll play some more harmonica, and we'll see how it goes from there.' That was his explanation of what was getting ready to happen. Not knowing how long this thing was going to be, we were preparing ourselves dynamically for a basic two‑ to three‑minute record. Because records just didn't go over three minutes.

"If you notice that record, that thing after, like, the second chorus starts building and building like crazy, and everybody's just peaking it up 'cause we thought, 'Man, this is it. This is gonna be the last chorus and we've gotta put everything into it we can.' And he played another harmonica solo and went back down to another verse, and the dynamics had to drop back down to a verse kind of feel. After about five, six minutes of this stuff, we start looking at the clock, everyone starts looking at each other, we'd built to the peak of our limit and, bang, [there] goes another harmonica solo. After about 10 minutes of this thing we're cracking up at each other, at what we were doing. I mean, we peaked five minutes ago. Where do we go from here?