Hard to believe even now that Dylan was a mere 21 years old when he wrote and recorded this. Has there ever been a better anti war song than Blowin' in the Wind, anything more scathing than Masters of War, anything more nightmarish than Hard Rain. Add to this the brilliance of songs like Dont Think Twice, Girl from The North Country and Oxford Town and this record must have seemed unbeleivable in 1962 ( the year I was born). Understandably there are weaker compositions compared to these, some even forgettable, but this record is a songwriting masterclass, for me easily the best of Dylan's pre-electric albums.
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