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Still a must after all these years
on 15 April 2018
The album that started it all! 1963! A friend played me this (I still hadn't heard his first, somewhat tentative album) & it was something of a musical epiphany for me. It was the first time I'd heard songs addressing social issues & not just dealing with love relationships, though there are the latter on here too ('Girl from the north country' & 'Don't think twice, it's alright' being the two main ones). Of course, since hearing this I got to listen to the likes of Woody Guthrie & the great blues singers & realized there were others before Bob who sang about wider issues than man-woman relationships...but he was the first for me. Everyone knows how much Bob developed over the decades, sometimes annoying purists who wanted him to stay some sort of 'spokesperson' for his generation which he never was. There are other equally brilliant Dylan albums, all in different ways, but with tracks like 'Blowin' in the wind', 'Oxford town' & 'A hard rain's a-gonna fall', this remains an essential.