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RE: Bob Dylan in Sheffield - 1/5/2009 9:13:38 PM   
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I've never really checked out his Christian Era to be honest, I've always been tempted by some kind of morbid curiosity, but I always thought I would pick up all the rest first... apart from Dylan and the Dead, I really don't want that... But now I am more intrigued by Shot of Love...

I got asked my advice on Dylan today when I went into a record shop, they were looking to get some in but didn't know which ones to get (besides the obvious stuff like blood on the tracks and highway 61. Asked me to write a top 10, I felt quite complimented by that

And in answer to your question of what Ballad of a thin man and Desolation Row were like. Ballad of a Thin man was quite similar the album version I think (besides the vocals obviously), kept in the recognisable guitar riff, bit more bluesy, fleshed out, but very good. Desolation Row was again more bluesy (like the rest of the set) and I think had you taken out the lyrics it would have taken me longer to recognise it. However, it too was still very good!

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RE: Bob Dylan in Sheffield - 2/5/2009 10:59:48 PM   
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Every Grain of Sand is a great song, Dylan opts for a more embracive tone rather than relying on the fire and brimstone rhetoric that plagues a lot of his work of this era. William Blake's poem 'Auguries of Innocence' is very similiar, I don't know whether Dylan was influenced by this or not. If you haven't heard the song here is a very nice youtube video of it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrRJV5vFXDI

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Bob Dylan in Glasgow - 2/5/2009 11:34:47 PM   
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My first time seeing Dylan, and although I'm not up to speed on much of his back catalogue outside the 'bigger' albums, I was pleasantly surprised that I recognised a fair whack of the music. It's definitely made we want to go out and explore more. My list:

Maggie's Farm
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Til I Fell In Love With You
The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
The Levee's Gonna Break
Workingman's Blues #2
Ballad Of Hollis Brown
Visions Of Johanna
Honest With Me
Every Grain Of Sand
Highway 61 Revisited
Ain't Talkin'
Thunder On The Mountain
Like A Rolling Stone

All Along The Watchtower
Spirit On The Water
Blowin' In The Wind

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RE: Bob Dylan in Glasgow - 2/5/2009 11:47:13 PM   
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RE: Bob Dylan in Glasgow - 4/5/2009 8:33:32 AM   
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It was very much the 'mobile-phones in the air' moment of the evening! It got a full work out, and sounded...I dunno what the word would be...rougher?...rawer?...than the album version. It was none the worse for it anyway.

The band were really excellent. I thought they really got to play on the more upbeat and rockier songs. Dylan himself was excellent - striking daft wee poses at the end of songs and doing a kind of crazy salute at the very end of the gig.

Ok, album-wise, I have:

Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited.

Recommendations for my next investment?

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RE: Bob Dylan in Glasgow - 4/5/2009 12:17:04 PM   
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My personal favourite after Highway 61 and BotT would be Time Out Of Mind - but then, I have a huge soft spot for latter-day Dylan so I'll go ahead and recommend the also-brilliant "Love And Theft" and Modern Times. The first two are masterpieces, but in very different ways, and while Modern Times wouldn't be as good as those two it's got some of his best songs (Ain't Talkin' being a prime example).

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RE: Bob Dylan in Glasgow - 4/5/2009 1:19:23 PM   
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Between those you have and those Olaf recommended, the only 'classics' left would be Desire and the underrated Oh Mercy*. But seeing as "Love & Theft" is my favourite album, I couldn't praise it highly enough as well. I think it would make a good double buy with Desire to give you a taste of the two different styles.

*EDIT: I always forget The Basement Tapes - that's a good 'un too.


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RE: Bob Dylan in Glasgow - 4/5/2009 1:51:11 PM   
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Infadels is one of my favourites. And as for earlier stuff, Freewheelin' and Another Side of Bob Dylan are both great albums!

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RE: Bob Dylan in Glasgow - 4/5/2009 1:52:26 PM   
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Don't forget New Morning, it's bloody brilliant. And John Wesley Harding.

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RE: Bob Dylan in Glasgow - 5/5/2009 1:03:10 PM   
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I agree with every album that people have said but don't forgert The Times They Are A Changin'. Good shout with Oh Mercy Larry, I love the swampy sound of that album.

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RE: Bob Dylan in Dublin - 6/5/2009 1:38:22 AM   
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Yeah I know it's late, but I'm just back and I'm wide awake...
Stunning performance tonight - along with the old favourites there were a few unexpected but much-welcomed choices; Under The Red Sky (brilliant song but I had little hope of Bob playing it... looks like I was wrong! AND he played the guitar for it...), John Brown from MTV Unplugged, and If You Ever Go To Houston from the new album (with lyrics about James Joyce... perfect!) was added to the encore (its first ever live performance, according to boblinks.com). Other highlights included Bob taking to his Les Paul for a rawer-sounding Don't Think Twice, It's Alright (with harmonica outro replaced with with the man himself knocking out a big fuckoff guitar solo. Quality), singalongs for Just Like A Woman and Like A Rolling Stone, Stuck Inside Of Mobile being as brilliant as ever, Ain't Talkin' and an intense take on Masters Of War. Bob himself seemed to be a good mood, laughing, mucking about and doing those strange little dances throughout, and his voice sounded pretty good throughout despite struggling every now and again. Some minor niggles ("Love And Theft" favourite Lonesome Day Blues was stretched perhaps a minute or two too long into bluesy self-indulgence) but such criticisms are insignificant compared to how top-quality the whole show was. I'd go see him again...

SET LIST:
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Lonesome Day Blues
Just Like A Woman
Rollin' And Tumblin'
John Brown
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
Under The Red Sky
Honest With Me
Masters Of War
Highway 61 Revisited
Ain't Talkin'
Thunder On The Mountain
Like A Rolling Stone

All Along The Watchtower
If You Ever Go To Houston
Blowin' In The Wind



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RE: Bob Dylan in Dublin - 6/5/2009 1:44:30 AM   
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RE: Bob Dylan in Dublin - 6/5/2009 1:51:02 AM   
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I would say that I was slightly disappointed at the lack of Time Out Of Mind material... but I won't... plus he did what appeared to be "The Robot" during Leopard-Skin Pill Box Hat! Twas a great night.

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RE: Bob Dylan in Dublin - 6/5/2009 1:53:24 AM   
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Bob's "moves" are hilarious bless him.

I'm glad you enjoyed it, it looks like a great set. The thing about him is, he can pick so many good songs and still leave out so much good stuff. Ideally, I'd liked to have seen more Rolling Thunder-era stuff, but the stuff he's playing is amazing, so who am I to complain!

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RE: Bob Dylan in Dublin - 6/5/2009 2:05:35 AM   
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That's it really, as much as I'd like to see certain songs in I wouldn't want to take out anything he did play. Interested in seeing what he plays tomorrow night (not that I'm going, sadly!). Just been on the Dylan forum and it turns out that John Brown's arrangement is based on a traditional Irish piece, so that explains its (pleasant) surprise inclusion.

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RE: Bob Dylan in Dublin - 7/5/2009 5:05:46 PM   
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I watched The Other Side of the Mirror at the weekend. It's about the most extraordinary thing I've ever seen.

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RE: Bob Dylan - 7/5/2009 5:28:18 PM   
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Just picked up the latest Dylan book today, Revolution In The Air by Clinton Heylin. I don't really indulge in too many Dylan books but instead of a straight biography it concentrates on the stories behind the songs, much like Ian McDonald's Beatles book Revolution In The Head, so thought I'd give it a go (apparently the title is unintentionally similar, taking a line from Tangled Up In Blue):





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In Revolution In The Air Clinton Heylin recounts the story of each song as it is written, giving a full appreciation of the songs themselves as well as Dylan the emerging artist. Unlike any other book on Dylan, it charts his rise as a writer, where he gained his inspiration, the moments that produced some of the most famous songs as well as the lesser known stories behind the more iconic verses.


So far I've only read Heylin's intro, which does make him seem arrogant and pompous, talking about how he chose to undertake the project because everything else on Dylan is sub-par, almost with an "Oh, I'll just have to do it myself" manner. I'm hoping this arrogance isn't present throughout the rest of the book and he actually has something to say to back up his ego (though I can't see him being entirely unintrusive/unopinionated throughout 300 songs) because it's an interesting concept.


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RE: Bob Dylan in Dublin - 8/5/2009 12:20:36 AM   
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I watched The Other Side of the Mirror at the weekend. It's about the most extraordinary thing I've ever seen.


I've got that about here somewhere, feel like watching it now. Brilliant stuff, just perfect.
P.S. I just noticed that everyone's got a Bob quote in their signature. Except Moon, sort it out mate...


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RE: Bob Dylan in Dublin - 8/5/2009 12:51:53 AM   
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P.S. I just noticed that everyone's got a Bob quote in their signature. Except Moon, sort it out mate...


Done.

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RE: Bob Dylan in Dublin - 8/5/2009 1:12:38 AM   
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Hurrah! Off to watch The Other Side Of The Mirror.

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RE: Bob Dylan to collaborate with McCartney? - 8/5/2009 3:34:05 AM   
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http://www.nme.com/news/bob-dylan/44497

if this happens this could be quite exciting!

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RE: Bob Dylan to collaborate with McCartney? - 8/5/2009 3:49:31 AM   
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Yeah I saw this on the Guardian. Its obviously a fair way from happening, but it would be really cool if it did. I know Dylan has always held Macca in really high regard.

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RE: Bob Dylan - 10/5/2009 11:20:57 PM   
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The only album of his that I currently own is Highway 61 Revisited which I really like. I'm adding the new 3CD compilation to my Xmas list as I'd like to hear more of his stuff and this seems like a good place to start.




I've heard that it's not the usual hits collection, so I don't think you can go wrong there - but don't wait till Christmas, you're denying yourself a treat!


If you don't have any of the other million greatest hits compilations that are out there then I'd recommend this, it covers his whole career and represents him well.


Plus it has Blind Willie McTell, one of the greatest songs of the '80s.

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RE: Bob Dylan - 31/7/2009 10:00:36 AM   
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This is a little, no, entirely, shameless, but I rewatched No Direction Home last weekend, then wrote it up as DVD of the Week in this weekly movies thing I do at work. Here it is: http://www.harrogateadvertiser.net/magazine/Films-on-TV--Aug.5510541.jp?articlepage=3
 
I also read a couple of Dylan books recently - Chronicles (yeah, I only just got round to it), which was utterly wonderful, and Down the Highway. Sounes is a good researcher, but his book is hampered by the fact that he focuses disproportionately on the new material he's dug up, and the fact that he can't write for shit. The bit about Dylan's lyrics being like "magic birds" entering the mind of the listener is hilariously rubbish. Nevertheless, there's plenty of interesting material and it's a fun read if you can check the author's desire to continually give Dylan - as a person - a good kicking.

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RE: Bob Dylan - 7/8/2009 12:12:47 AM   
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This could be... interesting: http://www.nme.com/news/bob-dylan/46529

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RE: Bob Dylan - 7/8/2009 11:40:07 AM   
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This could be... interesting: http://www.nme.com/news/bob-dylan/46529

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RE: Bob Dylan - 7/9/2009 4:31:26 PM   
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Okay, sue me. It's not like I hadn't heard of Dylan before a couple of years ago, but following Watchmen and it's absolutely superb opening sequence, I downloaded a few songs; all the really well known ones like Blowin' In The Wind, Like A Rolling Stone, Subterranean Homesick Blues. Up until last night, I had 13.

I finished the biography Down The Highway (which I recommend, it's excellent) and downloaded a further 50 or so. He's a genius, absolutely brilliant. It's Alright Ma is perfect. Tangled Up In Blue, Ballad In Plain D, Everybody Must Get Stoned... wonderful songs.

My favourite? The aforementioned Homesick Blues or Desolation Row. Beautiful.

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RE: Bob Dylan - 7/9/2009 4:41:28 PM   
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This could be... interesting: http://www.nme.com/news/bob-dylan/46529


I'd like to see him do it like the Beach Boys Christmas Albums, i.e. thier hits but reworked into Christmas songs. Sleigh Lady Sleigh anyone?

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RE: Bob Dylan - 7/9/2009 4:47:46 PM   
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This could be... interesting: http://www.nme.com/news/bob-dylan/46529


I'd like to see him do it like the Beach Boys Christmas Albums, i.e. thier hits but reworked into Christmas songs. Sleigh Lady Sleigh anyone?


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RE: Bob Dylan - 7/9/2009 4:54:01 PM   
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This could be... interesting: http://www.nme.com/news/bob-dylan/46529


I'd like to see him do it like the Beach Boys Christmas Albums, i.e. thier hits but reworked into Christmas songs. Sleigh Lady Sleigh anyone?


I Want Yule?


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