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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Shenandoah!
As a part of Bob's canon, this is not perceived as major, and, to use a cliche, should not be one of the first albums of his you buy - Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61, Blonde on Blonde, Blood On The Tracks would all be good choices. However, for the established Bob fan, this album is by no means abysmal.
Shenandoah, a traditional song which older Bob fans may...
Published on 7 Jan 2003 by D.Williamson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Down in the Groove
A mixed bag, that's for sure: Down in the Groove contains some of Dylan's worst 1980s songs (as if harking back to his mid-decade low points) and some wonderful versions of old songs by other people (as if looking ahead to the wonderful covers-of-traditional-songs albums, Good As I've Been to You and World Gone Wrong). This means you get to hear charmless duds such as...
Published on 12 Mar 2010 by Dave Gilmour's cat


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3.0 out of 5 stars Uninspired but interesting, 28 Nov 2002
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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Down in the Groove is a special album for me because this was the first Dylan CD I ever bought. Certainly, it's not one of his better albums, typifying the Dylan doldrums of the early 1980s, but it does have a few bright spots amid its many faults. A significant problem with this CD is the absence of any type of flow; it sounds like 10 songs thrown together somewhat haphazardly. "Let's Stick Together" is a kicking opening song that gets the juices flowing. It is followed by the slow yet meaningful "When Did You Leave Heaven?" Then we shift back to a faster tune in "Sally Sue Brown," only to slip into the slowest song on the album, the simply poignant "Death is Not the End." Then it's back to a rocking beat with "Had A Dream About You Baby" (with Eric Clapton on guitar) and the conspicuously interesting "Ugliest Girl in the World," a song which I myself actually like. "Silvio" is the only possibly recognizable song on the album and is the only song I remember hearing Dylan perform live in concert soon after this CD's release. "Ninety Miles An Hour (Down a Dead End Street)" is one of the more meaningful songs found here, as is the strangely beautiful dirge "Rank Strangers To Me," but even these tracks are rather forgettable.
The overall weakness of Down in the Groove can be traced to a simple source--most of these songs were not written by Bob Dylan. The backup singers on this album just don't seem to suit Dylan, either, lending a strange R&B sound to several tunes. It is interesting to note that the 80s group Full Force (which few people besides me probably remember) performed the backup vocals on "Death is Not the End." All in all, this is really an uninspired album. Although it was my first Dylan CD, I would not recommend this for Dylan newbies. It's not as bad as the critics make it out to be, but its lack of focus and short length (less than 35 minutes) make it a low priority for those trying to build a Bob Dylan CD collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Dec 2014
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An underrated album, has some lovely songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic fantastic!, 8 Dec 2014
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fantastic

fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 Nov 2014
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D. J. Raybould "Johnr" (Cornwall) - See all my reviews
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another great Dylan
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan the Carpet Man, 31 Oct 2009
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Dylan doing what he does best-covering other peoples' songs.
Though Wilebrt Harrison made the original the first song was covered by Canned Heat as Let's Work Together it was Brian Ferry who had the biggest hit.Ferry did a cover of A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall in Barry McGuire style and has since made an entire CD of Dylan covers
90 miles an hour was only covered 4 times before Dylan grabbed hold of one of Hank Snow's lesser known songs.That's what it says in the Oliver Trager book-a wonderful source to check out who covered Dylan.
Nobody did though for The Ugliest Girl In The World which is wide open for anybody to do a cover and dedicate it to whoever they don't like much and there's pleny of contestants in today's new breed of women singers who wear tattoos and other horrors
Silvio has been covered on a CD called A Reggae Tribute To Dylan-this version has a couple of Grateful Deads in the background
With Sally Sue Brown-covered by Elvis Costello on the Arthur Alexander tribute it makes the late soul singer the only one to have been covered by the Beatles,Stones,Elvis and now Dylan
Rank Strangers is the Albert Brumley song made famous by the Statler brothers and is a song soundchecked for Dylan's audience with the Pope in 1997
When Did You Leave Heaven had Tin Pan Alley origins as it was first heard in the 1936 musical Sing Baby Sing as introduced by Alice Faye and Tony Martin.A blues version was made in 1986 by Big Bill Broonzy
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 11 Sep 2014
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Good album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 Dec 2014
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All good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete, 9 Sep 2013
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your collection by adding this one, I gave them all as gifts so haven't a clue what's on it sorry. It was very well received.
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