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Modern Times

Bob Dylan Audio CD
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BOB DYLAN Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to ... Read more in Amazon's Bob Dylan Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia / SonyBMG
  • ASIN: B000GFLAI0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Ain't Talkin' 8:480.99  Buy MP3 

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At a time when the majority of those his age are drifting into retirement, 65-year-old Bob Dylan has released an album that ranks with the best in his storied, 44-album career. Like Time Out of Mind and Love and Theft before it, Modern Times is a rootsy, blues-soaked pool of the purest form of Americana--skipping the progressive bells or whistles for an understated backing by his touring band. Dylan's voice, which cracks, rasps and moans from the pop singer's pulpit, hasn't been this rich and emotive since 1976's Desire. And while his lyrics prolong his steadfast allusions to a higher power and his own immortality, they are not without the Dylan mirth, as when he sings of tracking pop queen Alicia Keys from Hell's Kitchen to Tennessee in "Thunder on the Mountain". This track, along with with "Someday Baby" and "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (for which Dylan misguidedly claims writing credit), is one of the record's fieriest numbers. Still, it's the Dylan that tells of a slave-loving owner ("Nettie Moore"), who brings New Orleans to the front burner ("The Levee's Gonna Break") and plays the part of an eloquent lounge singer ("Spirit on the Water," "When the Deal Goes Down" and "Beyond the Horizon") that makes Modern Times sound just like old times. --Scott Holter

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BOB DYLAN Modern Times (2006 US CD album - Dylans 44th album is his 1st in 5 years and is seen as the 3rd release in an outstanding trilogy of recorded works alongside Time Out Of Mind & Love And Theft; featuring 10 new songs recorded winter2005 with Dylan on keyboards guitars harmonica and vocals accompanied by his touring band)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, dodgy package 16 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
The music is excellent, and I suspect we'll see a lot of these in live performance in the future. His live habit of jumping the octave at the end of the phrase makes an occasional appearance here (although it is used more sparingly than on stage). But many of these are songs made for performing.

Four stars, because the tight package the CD/DVD combo comes in has already scratched my CD to the point where it skips. Probably many of the reviewers here haven't put it away yet so they haven't noticed! But this for me means returning the package and getting hold of the CD only version, which comes with a much more protective standard case.

As others note, the DVD is nice, but short, more an advertisement for some of his other 90s albums than anything else. No doubt YouTube would serve equally well. And it's scratched too.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I've already written a swift review of this album after listening to a friends copy. Since then I've bought the dvd special edition, I did this thinking the extra money paid might be wasted (I bought from a high street retailer and it was actually an extra fiver!) but upon watching the dvd I am glad I shelled out the extra spondulicks. It doesn't actually say what is on the extra dvd in the amazon listing so I'm going to give you a quick rundown and review of the extra video tracks.

Track 1- Blood in my eyes- This is the promotional video for the single release from "World Gone Wrong" it's a sparse arrangement (just bob on guitar) of an old blues song but it's a great song and great performance. It's the video itself that's a revelation (until I bought modern times I didn't even know it existed), it features Bob in a top hat wandering around Camden, signing autographs and generally looking ecentric. The direction and cinematography (it's one of those arty, sepia affairs) are both great and the whole thing manages to look very natural and uncontrived.

Track 2- Love Sick. This is a live version from the Grammy's. "Love Sick" has always been my favourite track on "Time Out of Mind" and this is a superb version of it. Bob looks amazing wearing that white southern suit he always seemed to be wearing around this time, and he even plays some pretty cool lead guitar. Just out of interest there is a video of the White Stripes cover version of this song on the web that's pretty interesting.

Track 3- Things Have Changed- Another great promo video, this time from Curtis Hanson's "Wonder Boy's" film. Again a great song that if you are anything like me you don't listen to very often due to it not being on an album.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality from Dylan 4 Nov 2006
By John
Format:Audio CD
I am a big fan of Bob dylans music and own many of his albums. I really enjoyed his early solo acoustic music and his early electric period. Albums like Blood on tracks are also excellent.

I could never get into some of his later albums and feel Dylan lost a certain something that made his earlier material such genious.

I was'nt sure what to expect from Modern times, but I was pleasantly surprised. Every song on this album has a unique sound and feel. The songs have a pleasant sound of Blues and Jazz. It made me feel like I listening to music from years ago. The range of musical sounds on Modern times is absolutely amazing. Dylans voice really does shine and specially on the softer tracks. Spirit on the water has to be my favourite track, but they are all excellent.

Modern Times shows that Dylan is still a highly talented songwriter and musician. Dylan fans will no doubt be interested in this album, but I think it could appeal to previously non Dylan listeners.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Frost and the Band 9 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
Dylan is never going to write another 'Desolation Row' or 'It's alright Ma'. Modern Times lyrically does not say anything that he hasn't said before. The world is still going to Hell and he sings about it with a voice that is going the same way. There are no great melodies.

So why is it such a great album?

This is Dylan's triumph as record producer and bandleader. The sound is wonderful, almost like listening to live music, the band is as tight as a duck's a*se, and that voice (I'm upping my cigarette consumption) is perfect. The opener `Thunder on the mountain' just bounces along, if you don't get up and dance (in Chuck Berry style) and sing to this then see a doctor. And who else but Dylan could rhyme "sons of bitches" with "orphanages". I've been playing this CD continually for a week and am still not skipping any tracks which is something that's never happened before. I hope we don't have to wait another 5 years for the next one.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing late work 22 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
Just wondeful, wise and warm, can't stop playing it. I'm no Dylan fanatic by any means, I've only a few albums by the great monument - that's the trouble, there is so much adoring drivel and pseudo "controversy" dragged up by critics - I'm glad I just bought this on impulse one day, and am amazed to find myself writing that I think it is as good as "Blonde On Blonde" or "The Basement Tapes" and a just a little way behind "Blood On The Tracks." Amazing that he should reach such heights after so many years and so many albums.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Make do
I sometimes think that I continue to by Bob Dylan albums purely out of the remembrances of all his great earlier stuff. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars good
If you are a fan you need to have this.
Published 6 months ago by marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Keepin' on
Bob is still producing great songs supported by a fine band.
Nice to hear many of these featured in the recent London concerts too
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars modern times
this item was well packed and the delivery was v good.
another must cd/dvd to own for dylan fans.
the title has said it all.
Published 10 months ago by m
5.0 out of 5 stars A true sequel to his 2001 masterpiece "Love and Theft", May 3, 2007
Bob Dylan for the last few years has been one of the most exiting artists rock has to offer. He has written a best selling book, toured extensively, and recorded two highly... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mike London
4.0 out of 5 stars A more sedated Dylan
Modern Times recorded in 2006 is a more sedate album in my opinion. There are several tracks that could be considered a ballad, particually the song Spirit On The Water. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Bring_back_the_60s
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Times: Bob Dylan - Dylan rollin' and tumblin' to another great...
This 2006 album is the 32nd from icon Bob Dylan, and continues a run of impressive albums that started with 1997's Time out of mind. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Victor
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Times: Bob Dylan - Dylan rollin' and tumblin' to another great...
This 2006 album is the 32nd from icon Bob Dylan, and continues a run of impressive albums that started with 1997's Time out of mind. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Victor
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Times - Dylan
A Bob Dylan fan for almost 50 years, including his 'electric' era, like this album of similar bluesy songs. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2012 by geoffwill
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Dylan's late-life work? Trad yet modern, a great album with...
Traditional American folk music runs through Dylan's soul like a seam of diamond through ancient granite. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2012 by The Guardian
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