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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Bob Dylan: Blonde On Blonde (IAS #32)

Another revisit, in a slightly sillier key than usual (because I'm a little tired of serious analysis for this one):

Bob Dylan: Blonde On Blonde

8 comments:

  1. "so there's at least something in there for everybody, isn't there?". Indeed.

    I was not one of those who see-sawed between H61 and BotT leaving BoB by the way side. In fact, I thought I fairly "got" BoB, but I always felt that I could "get it" a lot more. And I can't think of any other way to do this than watch the "musical" that GS just outlined. Perhaps a cartoon strip along the lines of the liner art in Too Old to Rock'n'Roll, Too Young to Die would help even more, but you can't have everything.

    The recently released Bootleg #12 Cutting Edge archive throws some light on some comments made here about Robertson (and the Hawks) trying to kick as much ass as Bloomfield & co do. A great example is the closing track on Disc 4 (Visions of Johanna - Take 5). I love this version a lot, but amazed that Bob chose to wait for something else. He may not have had a full vision mapped out in his mind, but he knew exactly when the conquest was made on his mind and that could be the big difference in the making of a great artist.

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  2. I remember this being a confusing time to be a Bob Dylan fan. Like a rolling stone was on every radio and Columbia had just released his greatest hits album when this one came along. It was a double album with Bob on the cover. Everybody thought it was too expensive to take a chance on when you could get all his hits on one record at half the price.

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  3. "Stuck Inside of Mobile" - Mobile, Alabama.

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  4. though I like this album and like the journeyman feel of it, I think it only has a few true standouts that even come close to the best stuff on the previous two albums.

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  5. "it's got a bit of everything" - really? So where's death metal in there? Dark folk? Ambient? Hip-hop? Or at least some modal jazz?

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    1. Look up the word "hyperbole" in the dictionary.

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    2. And while you are there, look up "literalist" too.

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