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Best record for decades!,
This review is from: Love & Theft (Audio CD)
As a 15 year old, I can still remember the shock of hearing 'Desire' for the first time, and I have never had that incredible buzz from a Dylan album after 1978's 'Street legal'. Until this afternoon, when I put this record on in the car on my way home from work and laughed, sung and partied my way home. OK, so first impressions may be deceptive, but I haven't enjoyed a new Dylan Record this much for, well, you work out the number of years for yourself.
Whether he's recycling his 'Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat' riffs with his great touring band (the best I've ever seen him with, since 'The Band'), or sounding like Tom Waits circa 1977, Dylan's having a ball, and I defy you to do otherwise when you listen.
On the back of some of his best shows ever over the past 4 years, the band is great, the singing is astonishing, and the songs, for once, deserve the 'Written by Bob Dylan' tag. 'Mississippi' is worth the price of admission alone.
A magnificent piece of work. The extra tracks are a couple of expendable outtakes from the early 60's, but that's not the point.
Buy this record if you've ever been moved by Dylan, The Band, any of the Library of Congress recordings, the Broadside Box Sets, Tom Waits, Springsteen' s Nebraska and Tom Joad material, any record that came from Sun Studios...... The list goes on.
Dylan may be a cantererous old man, but watching him smile on stage last time round in the UK, and listening to this record make me believe that we truly are sometimes in the presence of genius. Moving people - isn't that what it's all about?
Fabulous - buy this CD!