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This review is from: Street-Legal (Audio CD)
When I bought the LP back in `78 I took it home and played it back to back all afternoon, hardly able to believe how stunningly good it was (especially coming after the peerless trio of Planet Waves, Blood on the Tracks & Desire) and over the years have been mystified by the critical mauling it`s received.
One of the things that first drew me to Dylan, as an idealistic boy in the early 60s, was not only his lyrics but the texture of his music. Street-Legal has texture to spare. There`s a generous density to this music, an almost gospelly feel to much of it (his next 3 LPs were the musically rich if lyrically dodgy `religious` albums) and Bob sings his heart out. Just give an ear to what, for me, are two of his greatest songs, True Love Tends to Forget, and the the gloriously cathartic Where Are You Tonight, with its joyous cry at the song`s climax - and the album`s climax too:
"I can`t believe it, I can`t believe I`m alive!"
It`s one of the most exultant moments on any Dylan song.
Then there`s the superb Senor, a long and intricate classic song with a killer opening line:
Do you know where we`re headin` -
Lincoln County Road or Armageddon?
The whole song is as fabulously quotable.
What`s so delicious about the whole of Street-Legal (don`t forget that hyphen!) is that it gets better the more it goes on, and the more one listens to it. `Side 2` has what has always sounded to me like a cohesive suite of songs beginning with the wrily wonderful, forcefully sung Is Your Love in Vain? and finishing with the simply astonishing Where Are You Tonight?
This is one Dylan album to play as loud as you dare. I was lucky enough to hear the man himself perform two-thirds of it, loud and in good voice, at Blackbushe Aerodrome in the summer of its release.
I`m playing the CD now as I type this.
God, it`s good!
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2011 21:16:22 GMT
Michael Nicholl says:
Nice review. I have always loved this album and would rate it in my top five Dylan classics
Posted on 7 Nov 2013 13:44:21 GMT
suzanne adams says:
fantastic cd, I got the original and played it till nearly worn out. Great music along
with so much of that era.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2013 14:46:41 GMT
I couldn`t agree with you more, Suzanne.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2014 23:43:18 BDT
paul moor says:
A lazy drunk coked uo Dylan. A joke of an album.
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