fredag 15 maj 2015


Been aiming to post this renowned classic for a few years now, but never seem to get it right. Hereby I give up making this post special in any way and just adding some personal reflections. Never been a huge Dylan fan. In theory all is good, but I just can't find true connection to the recordings. Can't deny the huge impact his sixties stuff have even today and keep those albums just because it's the right thing to do, but hardly ever listen. Thought I'd give it one more try. Not counting the rather bleak cover filled first and see this is as the actual debute. Maybe if I tried to forget the many million words written about it, disregard his iconic, in some circuits almost godlike, status and just see it as something from one of many young aspiring US folk artists - which he was at the time - I would get closer. Back to basics i.e. First thing that strikes me then is the songwriting - catchy repetitive melodies with concerned lyrics. The harmonica and guitar play isn't top class. He doesn't have a big vocal range, but compensates that by a strong personal and emotional expression. I really like the stern political statement, made without winks or pampering. You get the impression he's speaking his mind regardless of opinions or sales. Recordings seems to be right on, much of it made live in the studio, which together with the clear natural audio brings a true connection. So looking behind the public effigy it is a good sixties album with interesting lyrics and a genuine garage quality. Hm...maybe I can connect after all. Premiere US on Columbia (CL 1986/CS 8786). For all the many early UK issues it's almost impossible to say which was absolutely first, but I'm confident the one shown here is one of the earliest - heavily structured label with "33" and laminated flip/back cover with large "BPG" on back and no makers credit. (SYSÖ*)

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