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Bob Dylan

21 Jun. 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 21 Jun. 2005
  • Release Date: 21 Jun. 2005
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 36:25
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  • ASIN: B001GS90S8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,730 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. J. Armitage on 11 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
The eponymous debut album of the greatest poet and songwriter of the Twentieth Century sounds as fresh today as it did forty yeares ago. This collection sees Dylan pay homage to and reinterpret his sources of inspiration from the blues and folk genre. Traditional favourites such as Fixin'To Die, Pretty Peggy-O and House of the Rising Sun get vigorous treatment from Dylan who is so exuberant here with his accompanying guitar, voice and infamous harmonica. The sparse and raw feel of this album still strike the listener who can hear Dylan celebrating and partly imitating his roots. Dylan's debt to Woody Guthrie is acknowledged in the poignant Song To Woody who was dying in hospital at the time of writing. This and the Chirpy and sardonic Talking New York are the only two original compositions on the album but Dylan proves what a master interpreter he was(and still is)of the trad. folk song with an accomplished version of Erich Von Schmidt's Baby Let Me Follow You Down. Dylan made this song his own which he famously performed it at The Band's Last Waltz in 1976 which summed up the history of American popular music at the time. The melodic and plaintive Man of Constant Sorrow provides a perfect vehicle for Dylan's voice and features prominently in the Coen Brothers' film O Brother Where Art Thou? sang by The Soggy Bottom Boys. This collection has no soggy bottom and has great variety from the sheer joy of Freight Train Blues where Dylan has real fun with his hillbilly hick up vocal and train impressions to the intense and sombre See That My Grave is kept Clean. What Dylan went on to achieve with his own songs and sensiblity had incredible impact on the evolution of popular music culture and from his debut album you can hear where he was coming from and tell where he was going. Roots and potential aside this album remains a pleasure to play and revel in the American folk tradition.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on 2 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
BOB DYLAN, like the debut LPs by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, are stunning collections of music for their perspective genre, but has long been outclassed by the band's subsequent work. However, the album is an (imperfect) snapshot of Dylan's early days, and in its own way an important indicator of Dylan's musical roots. Unlike The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, BOB DYLAN was recorded for a much smaller audience in mind, and sold in rather slim numbers.

The album is comprised of eleven traditional songs and two covers. The reason was because in the early 1960s folk revival, the artists of that movement focused primarily on traditional material, they were much more concerned with interpretative songs than singing original compositions, a thing which Dylan himself would soon be changing.

In a mid 1960s review, Bob Dylan he was disgusted that all these people suddenly deciding they'd just start writing songs without any real knowledge of the traditional body of songs that have been before them. When asked about his own songwriting, Dylan said he didn't start writing his own songs until he had immersed himself in the tradition of his chosen field: songs from the American tradition. This proved to be a very rich tradition, as Dylan has gotten a lot of great music from that musical background. Over forty years later Dylan's newest music is a testament to this fact.

On his debut he was practicing and doing his own research in the Americana tradition to give his work much more depth than those people who just began writing songs without any sense of history behind it. That is what makes LOVE AND THEFT and MODERN TIMES so rewarding: you feel Dylan giving us a history of modern musical traditions other than rock and presenting it in a rock context.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marrissey on 29 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps due to its illustrious successors, Bob Dylan's first major release has often been viewed with little positivity and shrugged off as collection of folk cover songs, wholly incomparible to the later Dylan, who broke away from such folk restraints and penned some of the greatest songs of all time.. It is true that the songs on here are predominantly covers, and Dylan is best known for his fantastic song-writing, but taking the time to listen, the songs on this album are good folk songs and Dylan is in fine vocal form on them (if a little rough around the edges).
The highlight of the album is "House of the Rising Sun", sung from a female perspective rather than the bizarre male version of The Animals, this is my favourite ever performance of the song and certainly showcases Dylan's already burgoning talent. "Man of Constant Sorrow" is also well performed and, while perhaps not quite as good as the O Brother Where Art Thou? version, it's certainly in a different style and a good listen. "Talkin' New York", however, is the song that really showcases Dylan to come, with all the witty and inciteful lyricism so typical of Bob ("Talkin' New York" and "Song to Woody" are the only original songs that appear on the album).
Ultimately, "Bob Dylan" is a good folk album. The fact that it gives an incite into the early roots of the greatest songwriter ever to live is a welcome bonus, but ultimately it's a good work in its own right, and were it released by any multitude of other bands it would be seen as their greatest. Just don't expect a Highway 61 or Blonde on Blonde.
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