Sunday, June 29, 2014

Talkin' Bob Dylan's 115 Albums Blues

First, for $10 you can pre-order Dystopian Society's 4 song 7" from Mass Media Records outta Costa Mesa, CA:

Second, I've been on a Dylan kick lately. I wrote this bit for my buddies who want to get deeper into his catalog, which I have a limited knowledge of. It was fun to talk about my favorite Dylan albums and songs, so I thought I'd share it here, redacted and edited for public consumption, with youtube vidjas added at choice points. I think I'm gonna go no quotation marks around titles for life. "#NOQUOTATIONZZMARX4LYFE"

The first self-titled, Freewheelin, The Times They Are A-Changin', and Another Side of BD all have their moments. I had my dad's tapes of the boxed set Biograph when I was a kid and that's how I'm familiar with a lot of the songs off the first three albums.

The song Boots of Spanish Leather off of Times I've only recently discovered and it is astounding. Of the above prolly the two most solid are Another Side and then Freewheelin, IMO.

The first Dylan album I discovered on my own, when I was 14, was Bringing It All Back Home. A great, fun album. Didn't get into the slightly more rollicking, garage rocking Hwy 61 Revisited until years later but those two albums are flip sides of each other, released the same year ya know, both equal in awesomeosity and fun.

Blonde on Blonde was my fave album ever for about a year in my early twenties. Man, it's sprawling.

John Wesley Harding I never got into but it's got three of my fave tracks, Dear Landlord, I Am a Lonesome Hobo, and I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. I need to go in and listen to that whole album. It's also got his version of All Along the Watchtower from before Jimi took it over. Here's Maureen Tucker, drummer of the Velvet Underground:

Self-Portrait and New Morning I never got into but SP has got Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) which is another one of my all time faves, and New Morning has If Not For You and The Man In Me. George Harrison does an awesome cover of If Not For You.

Never got into Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, and never even heard of "Dylan" until just now (I'm lookin at the wiki discography). Also never got into Planet Waves.

But that brings us to Blood on the Tracks, which IMO, and in other's O, is his best, and one of the best albums of all time. I still recommend this one for y'all to listen to next.

I thought I was familiar with The Basement Tapes but most of those song titles don't ring a bell with me. Million Dollar Bash is a great song.

I was deep into a couple of tracks on Desire as a kid (Hurricane and Black Diamond Bay), and this was one of the first CDs I ever bought, I was late to Cds. I remember listening to it in multiple habitats, probably my #1 fave for at least three years running. I'd say this one for y'all's earholes after Blood on the Tracks.

Infidels is his first post religious phase album and my dad had it on tape so I was vaguely familiar with it, especially with the track Jokerman which is one of my fave songs of all time. I've recently listened to the whole album again a couple of times on google play. I like it, but it's not like, the most amazing thing ever or anything. Jokerman, however, is one of the most amazing things ever. I've shared this before, it bears repeating:

After that my knowledge of the discography drifts away again until 97's Time Out of Mind, which is really, really good. Love and Theft I didn't get into as much save for High Water (Song for Charley Patton), which is a great song.

Not familiar with anything else new.

I see he's got a new one due in August. Cool!

Another thing I'd recommend is the box set "Biograph" I mentioned earlier. It's a lot of music, hits and rarities. Looking at the track list makes me want it on vinyl. It's on gplay so prolly on y'all's crappy spottyfy too. Also awesome:

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