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  • Vinyl (2 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Simply Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00005B48H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By street-legal on 2 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This album has more or less been written out of critical history '1984' style, because the one that followed cast such a long shadow over it. When Blood On The Tracks came out, it more or less cancelled out anything Dylan had released in the previous five years. Planet Waves, its immediate predecessor, was not so much left in the shade as kicked into a dark corner.
It is time for it to come crawling back out again, for not only is it the one single time Dylan recorded a studio album with The Band, it is also clear that he had at last found the 70's voice which would lead him to his next renaissance. The soft edges of his country croon have all but disappeared, replaced by his trademark acidic punch.
There are a handful of songs that have Dylan soul-searching, asking questions of himself, reaching into the past. Among these are Going Going Gone, Something There Is About You (which mentions 'the phantoms of my youth' and 'the old hills of Duluth'), Dirge (with its amazing 'I hate myself for loving you' opening line) and to some extent Forever Young. They are undoubtedly the most compelling selections. About half of the songs are slightly more basic paeans to lurve (On A Night Like This, Tough Mama, Hazel, You Angel You, Never Say Goodbye) but the whole is carried along with an infectiously buoyant, almost bouncy, musical style, which is where The Band deserves considerable credit.
Most Dylan albums either start or close with a particularly strong statement. Sometimes both, if we're lucky. In this tradition, on Planet Waves it is perhaps the final song whose chord strikes deepest: The Wedding Song. It is the only all-acoustic track, and it is a very dark love song to his wife. It is so rough and raw, it almost sounds like a rehearsal...his cuff button repeatedly catches the guitar...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2012
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Eclipsed by the seminal follow-up release `Blood on the Tracks' and late-career Grammy winner `Time out of Mind', Dylan's 1974-released `Planet Waves' is nevertheless a very good album with some sublime moments. PW marked the beginning of a new creative period in the mid-1970s, and is one of Dylan's more notable though less appreciated creations in a long and variable career with too many high points to list.

This is the first (and only?) studio album Dylan recorded with The Band, his on-stage backing-group led by guitarist Robbie Robertson. The music has a lot of energy, plenty of light and shade and some sublime lyrical moments. The confident and heartfelt voice of an artist in his creative prime is evident here. Highlights are `Something there is about You', `You Angel You' and two very different versions of `Forever Young' - especially the first, slower and more personal variant (Dylan admitted during the recording sessions "I been carrying this song around in my head for five years and I never wrote it down, and now I come to record it I just can't decide how to do it" so he did several different versions, two of which ended up on the album).

The closer `Wedding Song' is a Dylan-poetic classic with warm, poignant and heartfelt lyrics shot through with a hint of humour, reminiscent in lyrical content to `Sara' on the 1976 `Desire' album and in simple-acoustic musical form to `Shelter from the Storm' from BoTT.

All in all, PW is an interesting and just-short-of-great album from one of Dylan's two or three most creative periods, the immediate precursor to BoTT and in a similar musical, lyrical and thematic groove. If you like BoTT and you have never heard PW, give it a listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This 1974 album is the fourteenth studio release from icon Bob Dylan, and marked a welcome return to form after a run of lacklustre albums through the first half of the seventies.

Always at his best when he had something to prove or something to react against, years of success and matrimonial harmony and happiness had led to some uninspired music from Dylan. But for this release he teamed up with his old backing group, the Band, and had to raise his game to match their talent. And, as the many of lyrics show, married life was starting to lose its appeal for him and he had some juicy personal torment to sublimate into song. Though having said that, the finest song on here, `Forever Young', is a touching ode to his children and the happiness they brought him.

Dylan delivers his most impassioned singing for many a long year, with a host of songs that have a bitter edge and a cynical look at life. The Band are on form, providing a superb musical backing that matches Dylan's vocals perfectly. The feel is a sort of country rock, with strong rhythms and backing that compliments Dylan's passionate vocal and results in a record that is accessible and great to listen to on a warm summer night. After the slew of mediocre albums from Dylan from Self Portrait onwards, it was a very welcome return to form for the troubled troubadour, and marked the start of a strong run of albums that would last for most of the remainder of the seventies. 5 stars and an essential purchase for Dylan or Band lovers.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Halgeir Fluks on 13 Dec. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Many of Bob's albums are best valued in retrospect. Planet Waves is an amazing album. The Band plays well. One should not always compare with other performances, better then to focus on the music itself. I will ask you to take special notice of the song "Never Say Goodbye" on this album. It takes a few times of listening to get it under your skin - and then: It just grabs you. Everything is right in this, albeit short, wonderful song. Bob starts singing as if he is about to fall asleep, or is hypnotised - dark, soft, and then he sings up, delievering some beautiful lines (you're beautiful beyond words. you're beautiful to me - you could make me cry, never say goodbye) I recognize magic when I see and hear it - and this song floods over.....
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