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The Times They Are A-Changin' [CD]

Bob Dylan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Dec 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000025RKT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,236 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Times They Are A-Changin'
2. Ballad Of Hollis Brown
3. With God On Our Side
4. One Too Many Mornings
5. North Country Blues
6. Only A Pawn In Their Game
7. Boots Of Spanish Leather
8. When The Ship Comes In
9. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
10. Restless Farewell

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One of the darkest of Dylan albums, Times is the work of a 22-year-old who sounds no less sick of it all than the ailing 55-year-old who made Time out of Mind. There's a place here for rousing protests such as the title track and "When the Ship Comes In", but those songs are outnumbered by the equally powerful, drainingly pessimistic likes of "Only a Pawn in Their Game", "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll", and "The Ballad of Hollis Brown". It's as if Dylan had to deliver his grimmest topical material before moving on to Another Side's liberation and laughs. --Rickey Wright

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Don't criticise what you can't understand' 18 Jun 2008
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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'The Times They Are A-Changin'' doesn't progress from what Bob Dylan did on 'Freewheelin''. Rather, it broadens his protest-oriented repertoire. Perhaps the gloomiest of his albums, it seems to be the only one from which his sense of humour is entirely absent. There is a slight shift in emphasis from anti-war songs to the effects of social injustice and hardship. Nevertheless, 'With God On Our Side' would have fitted in with the dominant theme on his previous album. The lyric, and in particular, its closing verse, is brilliantly crafted, though Dylan's delivery is occasionally disjointed by sloppy tempo changes, perhaps an attempt to break up its seven minutes.

The title track is probably the best-known item on the album, in large part due to the status it gained as a slogan, a kind of rallying call. It sets the tone for the whole album, characterised by Dylan's sober drawl and songs of relentless, unchanging form. The latter technique works well on the folky blues of 'Hollis Brown'. Dylan uses the guitar to add sombre colour to the song, which is a 'what-drives-a-man-to-kill' lyric of the sort featured liberally on Bruce Springsteen's early 1980s album, 'Nebraska'.

'North Country Blues' is probably the gloomiest recording, relating the anguish and hardships endured by redundant miners. Sandwiched between this and 'With God On Our Side', the reflective 'One Too Many Mornings' almost seems like light relief. 'Hattie Carroll' is another death song. It's one of Dylan's more articulate performances, though, ironically, I believe, there are doubts as to the authenticity of the slant Dylan puts on the story.

This album may not be perfect then, but it's still blindingly powerful and a remarkable forty-five minutes for 1964.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
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I am not going to argue that "The Times They Are A-Changin'" is the best of Bob Dylan's early albums, because that honor clearly belongs to "The Freewhelin' Bob Dylan," when the prospects of war gave Dylan's protest songs greater potency. But this is the one that is his most earnest attempt to emulate the great Woody Guthrie, a fact that I think is perfectly clear just from the black & white cover photograph of Dylan. The point is underscored in Dylan's "Outlined Epitaphs" that takes the place of traditional liner notes. There Dylan writes "In time behind, I too wished I'd lived in the hungry thirties an blew in like Woody t New York City an sang for dimes on subway trains satisifed at a nickel fare."
This year I have been listening to a lot of Woody Guthrie's songs and as great as Bob Dylan was in the Sixties and beyond, if there are people who do not remember when Guthrie was America's troubadour that is truly a shame. Listening to these songs you can clearly see the strong parallels between the two, with Dylan providing the same angry arrogance as his hero in the title track on "With God On Our Side." But Guthrie could also tell stories and Dylan takes his turn at that as well, with "Ballad of Hollis Brown" and "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll." There are not as many Dylan classics on this one as "Freewheelin'," but this is perhaps an even better collection of the really early Dylan, in off the bus from the Hibbing in the big bad city.
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4.0 out of 5 stars His one, real protest album. 26 April 2007
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When Bob Dylan has a fire in his belly and is on top form, there are few things finer in this world. With two albums under his belt and a confidence that could only have come from rapturous applause, he embarked upon this most serious of collections.

Very few albums have what you'd call the perfect sleeve art, in the sense that it is a visual representation of the music within. On The Times They Are A Changin' it is perfect. Stark, moody, monochrome, almost archaic even in 1963. Bob looks 23 going on 53, a man with the world on his shoulders.

From the off, Bob has some serious things to say. Let not over-familiarity dilute the title track, a revolutionary and almost Marxist desire to see the old order crumble and for the young to take over. Its actually startling that he got away with it! The subject matter is largely grim; he sings about murders on The Ballad Of Hollis Brown, Only A Pawn In Their Game, and The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll. There's one about the horrors of a closing mining town (North Country Blues) and another couple that directly relate to his anger against the establishment (With God On Our Side and When The Ship Comes In).

Its predecessor, Freewheelin', was liberally sprinkled with his Chaplinesque humour, and he wouldn't be railing against anything except women on its follow up, Another Side Of... again doused with that silent movie farce as was his wont. The Times They Are A Changin' is pretty hardcore stuff; one man, a guitar, both as harsh as the words he was putting across.

For me, a special place in my heart is reserved for With God On Our Side and The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll. These are stunning pieces of poetry set to music that's so gorgeous as to make you want to weep. I personally prefer Freewheelin' for its greater scope, but like that album, this is purely timeless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's Greatest Work 28 Feb 2006
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In the early 1960's a singer/songwriter/poet named Bob Dylan had released two albums, the self titled 'Bob Dylan', a mediocre debut and 'The Freewheelin'', a folk masterpiece containing classics like 'Blowin' In The Wind' and 'A Hard Rains A Gonna Fall' but his next album was to change folk forever.
In 1964 Bob Dylan produced 'The Times They Are A Changin''. In my opinion this is Dylan's best album. I am not one of these people who call Judas at concerts and believe him to be a traitor, my second favourite album is 'Highway 61 Revisited' but this is just something beyond this world.
His last 'protest' album before he started his 'rebellion' really is a treat. The way Dylan effortlessly puts poetic imagery in your mind which makes you think about the way the world is really makes me believe he's from another planet.
This album has the infamous song which holds the same title as the album and that is worth the price of the album alone.
This album is a piece of music history and simply is the greatest album in the world. Don't be put off by the word 'folk' it's so much more than a man singing songs about farms and women, It is poetry and music mixed and the product is 'The Times They Are A Changin'' and it does not dissapoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 27 days ago by Dave Thelwell
5.0 out of 5 stars So much to say!
I bought the original vinyl when it was first released. He had so much to say!
Published 1 month ago by Dave Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great
Bought as birthday present for aging fan. Loved it 50 years ago, love it still. Good to get it on CD
Published 4 months ago by mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars i love bob dylan
this music brought me back to my teens when everything was possible and nothing was going to stop me achieving my dreams now I think the era was the best music ever
Published 5 months ago by angela oneill
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a-changin
Brilliant Bob at his best. No wonder they thought he was their spokesman. He wasn't, but was a shining light of protest in those few days.
Published 5 months ago by paulsco
5.0 out of 5 stars From a time when we thought the world would get better.
Better in terms of quality of life for EVERYONE that is.

This is a good recording, I have had the LP since the 60s, but the ease of use of CD and FLAC has driven me to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kallistan
5.0 out of 5 stars THE voice of the 60's
throughout hid long and continuous career Bob has played the role of the pied piper. He educated my Father, me, and my son.
Published 6 months ago by DAVID-MICHAEL GRUNDY
5.0 out of 5 stars The Times Are Indeed Changing,
Time does indeed change, although Dylan never did. Takes me way back, but I still love every second of the above.
Published 7 months ago by Samuel Rowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Chose this album as it has a great selection of my favorite Dylan songs. Good price! Would recomend it to any Dylan fans who havent yet got this album.
Published 8 months ago by R. G. Staley
5.0 out of 5 stars Mmmmmmmmm
The best version ever of the traditional "the house of the rising sun" ??? That's easy: that is this one on this record, no doubt !!!!!
Published 14 months ago by Pierre Brewee
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