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Street Legal (Remastered)
Street Legal (Remastered)
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Price: £17.41

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good album, 18 July 2003
I have to say that I agree with much of what has been said so far about this album. Changing of the Guards is one of the best first tracks to any album I've heard. And Bob sounds great - amongst his best I'd say. There are few bad tracks on the album. I'd agree that New Pony is one of the weaker songs. But Senor - dull?!?! Quite which song 'squashhh' has been listening to is a mystery to me. It has to rank among his best, most powerful and coherent songs. It reminds me of Hurricane in a way.

Slow Train Comin'
Slow Train Comin'
Offered by westworld-
Price: £10.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like a Wart., 14 July 2003
This review is from: Slow Train Comin' (Audio CD)
This album grows on you. I have to say that the first few times I listened to this I thought... hmm. Not much to it. Dylan's voice doesn't sound his best, and the production just sounds a bit empty, somehow. Crashy drums, and minimal music. Precious Angel drew me into the album, however, and before long I was listening to Slow Train, and then I Believe in You. Now I can listen to the whole album and really enjoy it. Its reggae-esque feel in places, and its gentle Christian leanings, are just idiosyncracies which you don't need to share to make the most of the songs. And his style of singing changes in the last song - it sounds like his Ballad of Ira Hayes from Dylan. It's worth buying (although if you're new to Dylan, perhaps it's not the first priority!) But whatever you do, if you do buy it, listen to it more than once.

Self Portrait
Self Portrait
Price: £5.32

26 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars He succeeded...!, 8 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Self Portrait (Audio CD)
I once heard that Dylan got fed up with all the popstar adulation he was getting in the sixties, and that he felt that he could pretty much release anything and it would win critical acclaim no matter what the content. He is reputed to have said 'Right then, I'll give them something they can't possibly like!' and so cobbled together his most drunken dregs and called it an album - 'Selfportrait'. Well, as far as I'm concerned, it was a success. Amusing possibly, weird probably but rubbish certainly. I am the sort of Dylan fan who would most likely shell out my hard-earned cash to buy a recording of Bob farting if he released it (ho ho) but I rarely listen to much of this CD. If there is anybody out there even considering buying this, think hard and long. If you do not yet have Bob Dylan, or The Freewheelin', or The Times They Are A-Changin', or Another Side of, or Bringing It All Back Home, or Highway 61 Revisited, or Blonde on Blonde, or John Wesley Harding, or Nashville Skyline, or New Morning, or Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, or Planet Waves, or Before the Flood, or Blood on the Tracks, or The Basement Tapes, or Desire, or Hard Rain, or Street Legal, or Budokan, or Slow Train Coming, or even Saved, or Shot of Love, or Infidels, or Real Live, or Empire Burlesque, or Knocked Out Loaded, or Down in the Groove, or Oh Mercy, or Under the Red Sky, or Good As I Been to You, or the 30th Anniversary Concert, or World Gone Wrong, or MTV Unplugged, or Time Out of Mind, or Live 1966, or Love and Theft, or Live 1975, then buy all of those first. The only Dylan album you might want to postpone until after you buy Selfportrait should be Dylan and the Dead. Really. Anyone who feels the need to compare this to The Beatles' White Album must, I am afraid, be as musically deluded as a Westlife fan...
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Price: £8.26

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album may well change your life!, 22 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Desire (Audio CD)
I find it hard to fault this album. Slide it into your CD player, and press play. The sublime guitar-strums start, and begin to speed up. The experience has begun. The drums cut in, then the gentle violin, and then Dylan : "Pistol shots ring out in a bar-room night..." Cymbals crash, and Bob's voice grows in urgency, a storyteller singing the plaintive song of protest. "If you're black, you might as well not show up on the street, unless you wanna draw the heat..." The beat, and the indignancy, grow until the triumphant yet pleadingly desperate ending - "It won't be over until they clear his name, and give him back the time he's done..." Enough for a whole album, but eight more blistering tracks await... A song about marriage, and one which is steeped in mystery. The fifth of May was the traditional festival of the goddess Isis across the Roman Empire. Bob is not unaware of this, and weaves this into his winding tale... Imagery marries the feeling in his voice to create a sound that washes over you. The sliding bass in Mozambique creates the background for the playful lyrics and feel to the third song. The raw feel to One More Cup of Coffee, and the exquisite rise and fall of the lead singing and backing by Emmylou Harris, added to the laid-back feel of the session, build to a peak, then fall to an oasis of calm... "And your pleasure knows no limits - your voice is like a meadow-lark, but your voice is like an ocean - mysterious and dark..." Oh Sister comes next. "Do a protest song" cried someone when he did this on the 1975 tour. In a way this is a protest - a cry for honesty and tenderness. The violin screams for rebirth, as do the lyrics. The timing on this song is immaculate. And then Joey. A song that begins so languidly... "Born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, in the year of who knows when. Opened up his eyes to the tune of an accordion" amd it carries on in the same languorous tone. One of Dylan's greatest prickly puns follows - "'What time is it?' said the judge to Joey when they met. 'Five to ten,' said Joey. The judge says, 'That's exactly what you get.'" He really loves this guy. Soon we arrive at Romance in Durango - a cheery number with a sunny banjo-like opening and a great evocative lyric beginning - "Hot chilli peppers in the blistering sun..." Plenty of Spanish and unhurried, well-chosen lyrics later, it's time to slide seamlessly into Black Diamond Bay - the piece with the harmonica played in such a human way that vocals are almost bypassed, and then words that are sewn so wholesomely that the join is barely noticed. The Soviet Ambassador sits comfortably with a loser in a gambling room, and Dylan goes from Spanish to French. So on to Sara - a surprisingly honest song written to Bob's wife - for whom he admits he also wrote Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands. Lament and yet also celebration, contemplation yet also off-the-cuff emotion, this is a beautifully complex and hauntingly simple song which (again!) is worth the fee on its own. BUY THIS ALBUM. THEN GET YOUR FRIENDS TO GO AND BUY IT. THEN BUY IT FOR THOSE FRIENDS WHO DON'T WANT TO BUY IT. THEN LISTEN TO IT. A LOT. It really will make you a happier person. I promise.

The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
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Price: £7.52

42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 30 Years of a legend celebrated with a mixed bag., 18 Jan. 2003
A panoply of stars gathered in 1992 to celebrate thirty years since Bob started recording. The likes of Neil Young, George Harrison and Eric Clapton rubbed metaphorical shoulders with Tracy Chapman, Stevie Wonder and Wille Nelson. The success of their versions of great Bob songs is varied. I'm not keen on the opening couple of numbers, but then John Mellencamp isn't really my thing. Especially with the wailing mid-way through... He carries on to do Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat for some reason, and then Stevie Wonder comes on to do a cheesy but pertinent introduction to Blowin' in the Wind - a song that means a lot to him and to many others. He does it well. Lou Reed does justice to Foot of Pride, Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready their way through the vitriolic Masters of War, and then Tracy Chapman does a typically atmospheric and contemplative The Times They Are A-Changin'. On comes Johnny Cash for a good performance of It Ain't Me Babe, then Willie Nelson with a pretty nondescript What Was It You Wanted. Kris Kristofferson doesn't really do anything new with I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, and several other artists do various famous numbers in a rather unmemorable way, except Richie Havens' Just Like a Woman - if you like that sort of thing... only that "Ain't it clear" just sounds somehow wrong coming from him - too clinical. A sing-along-a-Dylan Irish version of When The Ship Comes In is not bad, and a pretty dead version of You Ain't Goin' Nowhere finishes off the first cd. The second cd starts very promisingly, with two blistering numbers from Neil Young - his All Along the Watchtower is the highlight of the album for me. Chrissie Hynde does a reasonable job with I Shall Be Released, Eric Clapton doesn't really live up to his billing with a forgettable version of Don't Think Twice, The O'Jays slash their way through Emotionally Yours (a track from the little-appreciated Empire Burlesque) and The Band do a good When I Paint My Masterpiece (although the version on their Greatest Hits album is much better). George Harrison isn't especially memorable in his Absolutely Sweet Marie, Tom Petty arguably comes up with the second best track on the cd in doing an impressive License to Kill (from Dylan's underrated Infidels) but then spoils it with a dodgy Rainy Day Women #12&35. Roger McGuinn plays through (surprise surprise!) Mr. Tambourine Man, and then for the climax - on comes the man himself for It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) - he growls through it as only he can. My Back Pages is a chance for Dylan, McGuinn, Petty, Young, Clapton and Harrison to trade verses, and they do so nicely. Knockin' On Heaven's Door is trundled out (the original concert had Dylan playing Song to Woody which has been tragically left off this album owing to 'technical problems') and then a Dylan solo Girl of the North Country finishes the concert - ironic as Johnny Cash, who duetted this song with Dylan on Nashville Skyline was just backstage! My conclusion is that this album is not bad at all. There are some great names, and it sounds like it was a most enjoyable evening. But I'd much rather listen to the originals. Dylan does almost all of these much better in the originals. If you're considering buying this, and you haven't yet got Desire, or Blood on the Tracks, or Blonde on Blonde, or Hard Rain, or Live 1975, or Live 1966, or Oh Mercy, I would leave it until you've bought those albums.
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