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ALBUM REVIEWBOB DYLAN
Bringing It All Back Home
Released - March 22, 1965 on Columbia Records. Produced by Tom Wilson
Bob Dylan - Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards
All songs written by Bob Dylan.
The first of two studio album releases for Dylan in 1965 and IMO, slightly the better one. This folk-rock album opens with a kick in the pants with "Subterranean Homesick Blues", a rock 'n roll song with nicely twisted lyrics that tells about the then current mood of things; this one at its release truly was the first rap song ever made. The following song, "She Belongs to Me" is perhaps the weakest on the album, but only because one of them has to be. "Maggie's Farm" follows next and for me is the best track found here. A great upbeat sounding song about something that is a downer, but you got to smile when you hear the nasty things that Bob has to say about Maggie's family.
"It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" is another masterpiece that holds itself together and keeps building to it's close almost 8 minutes later. Want some more masterpiece sounding lyrics? Then dig "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "It's All over Now, Baby Blue". These two were covered nicely by the Byrds and Animals respectively, and I like their takes better than what Dylan's nasal voice sings here, but still, it's Dylan's lyrics that make these songs so special.
Overall when you listen to old Dylan albums from the '60s you got to remember the times and how they were a-changin', if you do, you'll love the lyrics and what your hearing that much more.
- Keno, 2003
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