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Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jan 12th, 2018 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was a big Dylan fan back during the 60s but, with a few exceptions, pretty much lost interest in his output post-"Nashville Skyline".

I rarely listen to his early, acoustic stuff anymore, but his "Blonde on Blonde" album still appeals to me, musically, lyrically and in terms of personal nostalgia. I consider it to be his best album, overall.

Anyone else here who feels the same way may find this article...

...interesting:

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Jan 12th, 2018 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I didn't really pick up on Bob until grad school in the late 1980s. Drinking beer after a tennis match, a friend put on "Blood on the Tracks" and I was knocked completely out.

My first album purchase, years later, was "Another Side of Bob Dylan," which is still my favorite. Recorded very quickly, very solo....it shows raw talent at his best. "Spanish Harlem Incident" is one of the coolest love songs I've ever encountered.

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Jan 12th, 2018 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you have a copy of the boxed set Dylan, you know that Dylan has sung in a variety of styles.

But when people imitate Dylan, they typically imitate the Blonde on Blonde style.

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Jan 12th, 2018 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

1970's "New Morning" is a superbly laid-back album all the way through, imo. Highly underrated; Give it a listen. (Geo Harrison covered 'If Not For You' on 'All Things Must Pass.')

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Something I find interesting about a couple of the songs on "Blonde on Blonde" is that they give a person a glimpse of how different Dylan's songs might've sounded if he would've ditched his harmonica rack and let someone who actually could play the instrument take over, as when...

...Charlie McCoy played harp on "Obviously Five Believers":

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jan 12th, 2018 01:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Or when he dispenses with the harmonica all together as in the take of "Leopard-skin Pillbox Hat" that appears on this album (can't find a video clip of it to link to).

Dylan's harmonica playing is the main reason I find so much of his early stuff hard to listen to any more.

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Jan 12th, 2018 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands

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Jan 12th, 2018 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had encounters with Dylan down in Monterey/Carmel/Big Sur in the early sixties when he was sucking the blood out of Joan Baez et al.

He could not sing, could not play guitar worth a dam, his harmonica playing sucked and he feigned the morose image after stealing Woody Guthrie's identity and other mannerisms such as his dress code. And aside from being a hack and a parasite he was a master at stealing original works from others. That to include lyrics, style and even painting. Others continue to deny this and defend and excuse his actions. Why, I do not know. The man is a fraud.

"If you have a copy of the boxed set Dylan, you know that Dylan has sung in a variety of styles.

But when people imitate Dylan, they typically imitate the Blonde on Blonde style. "

This is humorous. He had no style(s) of his own, he ripped them off. That is why there is no singular Dylan style. When imitating Dylan, the imitation is an imitation of someone else.. not Dylan.

His best work was Nashville Skyline which succeeded largely because of Johnny Cash.

You are certainly free to continue to believe Dylan is an original. Well he is, sort of, an original as a successful rip off artist. And one who made good in spite of a lack of talent and originality.

Of course all of this is just my opinion based on experience.. but still an opinion.

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Jan 12th, 2018 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I saw a movie like that once..,

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Jan 12th, 2018 07:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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What he said.



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