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WITH DYLAN ON OUR SIDE
on 8 November 2015
Recorded in the October of 1963, this 1964 released album contains ten beautiful, clear, acoustic MONO recordings that to my mind epitomised the period. This again is BOB DYLAN at his best, a story-teller sublime, and a poet supreme. The tracks are:
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN
BALLAD OF HOLLIS BROWN
WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE
ONE TOO MANY MORNINGS
NORTH COUNTRY BLUES
ONLY A PAWN IN THEIR GAME
BOOTS OF SPANISH LEATHER
WHEN THE SHIP COMES IN
THE LONESOME DEATH OF HATTIE CARROLL
This album needs just to be played whilst you sit in solitude and let the words flow evenly over you; it really is beautiful. It is great background if your computing, but not if your a brain-surgeon because every now and then you'll want to stop an listen. Listen to "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll" a 51 year old mum of 10 children who was brutally attacked in the Hotel where she worked on the 9th February 1963 by a drunken 24 year old William Zantzinger. Because she never served him quick enough he struck her on the head with his cane, she died the day after. He served time for manslaughter.
ONLY A PAWN IN THEIR GAME tells of the assassination in June 1963 of MEDGAR EVERS, a civil rights activist by Byron de la Beckworth.
HOLLIS BROWN was a poverty stricken Dakota farmer who, in the depths of deep depression, killed his wife, his children, and then himself.
WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE is my highlight. This song is as true today as it was in 1963, my how time circles us, with Russia once again one of our biggest threats. And of course the album title needs absolutely no comments from me. On its release back in '64 there were those who reckoned it did not contain enough humour! They should have bought Bob Newhart. A must for your Dylan collection, and as I have previously stated, also good for Jake Bugg fans. Enjoy.