Bob Dylan is one of the music legends that hovers around any discussion of influencers, innovators etc, and one of the few such icons to grace my CD shelves.
I picked up this album because I wanted to hear what all the fuss was about (beyond having the most parody-prone vocal style in all of popular music). I was also a big fan of one track (Motorpsycho Nightmare) which was regularly covered by local live stalwarts Dan & Al.
It seems I picked a winner. Each track on here is packed fill of fantastic couplets and imagery.
Bob reveals himself to be a funny chap. The aforementioned track a hilarious take on the old farmer’s daughter yarn. He tops it with the rollicking I Shall Be Free No. 10 chock full of Ali-mimicking boasts that get increasingly ridiculous.
He also delivers his big folky political commentary epics (i.e. Chimes of Freedom), romance (Spanish Harlem Incident), lovelornness (I Don’t Believe You…) and some great stompy acoustic blues (Black Crow Blues).
This is an artist bursting with creativity. Beyond the specificity of some political commentary, this an album that still sounds fresh and exciting.
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