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Nashville Skyline [Original recording remastered]

Bob Dylan Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B0001M0KD4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Girl From The North Country
2. Nashville Skyline Rag
3. To Be Alone With You
4. I Threw It All Away
5. Peggy Day
6. "Lay, Lady, Lay"
7. One More Night
8. Tell Me That It Isn't True
9. Country Pie
10. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
When NASVHILLE SKYLINE came out in 1969, it was a shocking album to a large portion of Dylan's fan base. Never one to be backed into labels and corners, Dylan largely turned his back on the growing political and cultural turmoils of the day, and instead made a simple country album. Another surprising element, not expected at all the public, was how different Dylan's actual voice sounds from the rest of his 1960s output. He is singing in a soft, country croon, in a voice as smooth as good whiskey, and a total departure from his earlier, more nasal singing style. The album was popular and sold well, but Dylan was taken to task over the slight nature of some of the material.

This is the first album in what is known as Dylan's domestic period, which lasted from 1969 to 1975. The subject matter and musical direction Dylan primarily explored during this era was one of domestic and family matters, which makes sense as that was his primary priorities at the time. Ultimately, this period would culminate in the 1975 masterpiece, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS.

The songs themselves are simple and direct. Eschewing the complex poetics of his electric trilogy and the socially aware lyrics of his earlier protest music, Dylan instead wrote simple love songs and lyrics much more in line with the country music of the day.

The album itself is very brief, only a mere twenty seven minutes long. This album offers several strong compositions, including the major hits "Lay, Lady, Lay," "Tell Me It Isn't True," and "Tonight I'll Be Staying here with You." "Lay, Lady, Lay" was originally written in 1968 (one of the few Dylan songs written during that year) for inclusion in the rated X film "Midnight Cowboy", but was not completed in time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of Country Pie 22 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's been traditionally easy to dismiss this album as a lightweight experiment in country that Dylan wandered in to on his way from the fun of the Basement Tapes to the dark place of Blood on the Tracks, but that would be to dismiss it too lightly. Dylan's sabbatical after the supposed motorcycle accident in 1967 gave him time and space to reassess his music and his direction, and as the Beatles and Stones zonked into Overdub land with Sgt Pepper and Satanic Majesty's, Dylan upset the psychedlic apple cart with the Biblical starkness of John Wesley Harding, and then followed it up with this little gem before dissapearing up his own amp socket with Self Portrait. Here we have a defining album in the history of country music and the lodestone of all that becomes alt.country. Often overlooked is the superb musicianship and the beautiful production values that perfectly suit Dylan's brand of relaxed and intimate songcraft. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You and Lay Lady Lay for example, provide a luscious soundscape that oozes contentment and peace. But as usual, with Dylan, it is a double edged sword: the pedal steel is used to saddening, lachrymose effect on the more downbeat tracks and the overall tone and flavour is one of precarious contentment, the country pie maybe cheesecake, but the lemon is sharp and acerbic!
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This 1969 release, the ninth studio album from icon Bob Dylan, is my absolute favourite of his albums, even above `Highway 61' or `Blood On The Tracks'.

Following the trend set in `67s John Wesley Harding, Dylan goes completely country, with jaunty twanging guitars, and a lighter singing voice that was totally different to the voice he had employed previously. He even teams up with country legend Johnny Cash on the opener `Girl From The North Country', to great effect. What makes it stand out for me is that it is such a happy album. Dylan's best music often came from sublimating his personal adversities into music, with dark and musically powerful tales resulting. But here the man just seems to be very happy, and is trying to transmit that feeling through the music. So an album full of simple odes to love and paeans of happiness results. It's an album impossible to listen to all the way through without having a big wide grin on your face as the music uplifts you. Ant to top it all is the inclusion of `Lay Lady Lay', which I have to say would be one of my desert island discs.

I just love this album. It's got a real feelgood factor, Johnny Cash and one of my all time favourite tracks, Lay Lady Lay. 5 stars unreservedly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's Nashville excursion 16 Feb 2012
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Format:Audio CD
By 1969 Dylan was on record as being tired of being held up as "the spokesman for his generation". He claimed "that notion needed to be pulled up by its roots" and the mellowed, down-home style of the album 'Nashville Skyline' was in part his public response.

Like `Blonde on Blonde' and `John Wesley Harding', NS was recorded in Nashville TN. This 1969 release is unapologetically in the style of the contemporary popular country music which at the time filled the airwaves in and around Nashville, and is as far away from traditional Woody-Guthrie style American folk with its themes of political protest and social commentary as you can imagine. The album is remarkable above all for showcasing Dylan's voice as a melodic crooner, with no hint of the by then universally recognised nasal drawl used to such effect on his more hard-edged material.

One of the highlights of NS is the opening duet with Johnny Cash, `Girl from the North Country', originally a composition from `Freewheelin' and based around a traditional English folk ballad Dylan had learned on a trip to England in 1963. This is the only survivor from many different duet sessions with JC in Nashville in 1969, the only one deemed album-worthy. The album also contains `Lay Lady Lay' which Dylan originally wrote for the soundtrack of the movie `Midnight Cowboy' but delivered too late for inclusion in the film, and which nevertheless went on to be a successful single and one of his most famous songs. All the songs are short and share similar themes, exhibit fine production values and hang together well.

Dylan has made avoidance of pigeon-holing a career-speciality and honed it to a fine art. In the context of his prodigious and influential output in the 1960s there is no better example than `Nashville Skyline.' Yet again his critics were confounded: the album was a great commercial success and, not for the first time, brought a new type of audience to his music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Christmas Present
Bought this for my Dad for Christmas, he loved it. It features one of his country heroes Johnny Cash. It's Bob Dylan at his best, so what else can I say.
Published 1 month ago by Billy Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Nashville Skyline, Bob Dylan
The song was chosen by a dear, departed friend, at her request.

Bob Dylan is probably the most influential musician of the age.
Published 1 month ago by Gillian S.
5.0 out of 5 stars All Dylan fans will have this in their collection.
What can I say, if you like Dylan you will love this, if you don't like Dylan, well, I just feel sorry for you!
Published 4 months ago by AndiC
5.0 out of 5 stars BOB DYLAN AND NASHVILLE SKYLINE
You have to be a Bob Dylan fan I suppose to buy it but I heartily recommend this CD. I have played it over and over again. Its just brilliant! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Saphira
4.0 out of 5 stars Nashville skyline
Good album this allways was just up dating my collection got to be good to buy it twice CD and Vynal
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Southam
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD - great quality and value.
A wonderful album at a very fair price. Dylan is one of the true rock greats. The quality of the CD is excellent and delivery was quick.
Published 5 months ago by Soul Supply
5.0 out of 5 stars nice remastered re discovery
Nashville Skyline [Original recording remastered]
will there also some bootleg catalogue available in the future of this misclaimed album.
to be continued
Published 6 months ago by benjamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Nashville Skyline
Great music, excellent buy. Was trying to find this album again as I used to have it on a vinyl LP. Thought to try Amazon and viola! Happy days.
Published 10 months ago by John Adair
1.0 out of 5 stars Didnt like it at all
I honestly couldnt find a track on here that I liked. Maybe its the transformation period from acoustic to electric but,I didnt like it at all
Published 12 months ago by christopher john roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked one song, so gave the album a shot...
I'd never really got what all the fuss was about with Dylan, but I guess he was a Brit before my time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. M. Stickley
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