Sunday, November 25, 2012

#127: Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde (1966)

The most ridiculous part about Dylan is that this is the 3rd album he had started to write/record in 1965. Upon it's release in 1966, it was rock's first double albums (2 records, 4 sides). The man is a machine, I wish I had a better understanding of his words and how he crafts them. He's an icon, he's incredible, he is simply Bob Dylan.

Visions of Johanna
I love the organ, the bass, everything about this track. It does a wonderful job of not overstating anything. Sometimes having the ability to do amazing things is overrated, at times music can be much more enjoyable with a lot less. It allows Dylan's lyrics to take control of the music and while I may never understand exactly what he was trying to say, he says it wonderfully.

Just Like a Woman
An absolutely beautiful song. The melody is so incredibly sweet while the lyrics take over the song. It's just another brilliant song from Dylan. The lead acoustic guitar along with the organ just fill out the song so phenomenally. The harmonica solo is extremely tasteful and the tone is absolutely perfect for this track. There's really not much else to say, it's the best track on the album.

Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
What amazes me most about Dylan is his ability to tell a story. There's millions of people out there that debate and argue the meanings of each and every one of his songs. There's many different ways to interpret every piece and while the writer's intention may not always be clear, it's almost better this way. It means what you want it to mean.

All in all, it's a very, very good album. This album is full of folk and blues and while I recognize that every track on this record ranges from amazing to incredible, it's also 73 minutes long. Then again, I'm getting into Dylan more than I ever thought I would. There's not many artists out there that I can sit through for that kind of inordinate length of time, but with Dylan - it's a pleasure.

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