By John Nogowski
While Bob Dylan professed in a Rolling Stone interview to be the fellow who "owned the Sixties," he was once now not overstating. lately, the enduring American musician, writer, and poet was once named via an analogous journal the second one maximum artist of all time, outranked merely through The Beatles. This six-part, up to date exam of Dylan's five-decade occupation offers a accomplished research of his writing and recording historical past. It positive factors severe statement on each music and album, together with the numerous infrequent bootleg recordings. components 4 via Six record and talk about Dylan's quite a few appearances in movie, in literature, on radio, and on tv. The elevated creation additional analyzes the historic import of Dylan's prolific artistic output, the 1st 4 many years of his occupation, and his notable twenty-first-century musical comeback.
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Extra info for Bob Dylan: A Descriptive, Critical Discography and Filmography, 1961-2007, (2nd edition)
But “Lay Lady Lay,” backed with “Peggy Day,” came out in July and was a smash, going all the way to No. 7, spending ¡4 weeks on the charts, longer than any previous Dylan hit. The third single from the record, “Tonight, I’ll Be Staying Here with You,” backed with “Country Pie,” didn’t do much on the charts, getting only to No. 50, but the song has remained one of Dylan’s enduring favorites. ” They have never o‡cially been released either on Biograph or on The Bootleg Series, Vols. ¡–3. The Cover A writer once described this cover as a photo of “Ragtime Country Bob,” and that’s a good description of the cover shot.
Bob Dylan’s ¡¡5th Dream”: One of Dylan’s funniest songs. The song get laughs before it even starts because Dylan’s band fails to come in on cue, sending the boss into hysterics. Once it begins, Dylan playfully recounts a wild trip on the Mayflower in which he arrives in America, has a crazy series of adventures, and leaves — just in time to pass another ship and another captain who just happens to be Christopher Columbus. (A) SIDE TWO 8. “Mr. Tambourine Man”: One of Dylan’s most enduring songs.
Others have implied it is about homosexuality. Whatever the song’s “meaning,” a beautifully ragged version appears on the live album Dylan and the [Grateful] Dead. (B+) 7. “Highway 6¡ Revisited”: Like its sister song “Tombstone Blues,” it is a raucous, irreverent look at the world, playing o› the old theme of the traveling minstrel. ” It invokes God, Abraham, Billy the Kid, Mack the Finger, and all sorts of American heroes. A great example of Dylan’s imagination at its best. (A) 8. “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”: A song seldom mentioned as one of Dylan’s greatest, yet it paints an 32 Blonde on Blonde (¡966) ALBUMS extraordinary picture of a sad, empty night in a border town and a man whose life and career are in ruins.