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Thursday, March 3. 2011
"Favorite" is not a helpful word. Let me ask our scientific poll questions a better way:
1. What 3 Dylan tunes have you listened to most often in your life, or which have touched you the most?
2. What 2 Dylan albums do you tend to listen to most?
My answers below the fold -
1. Highway 61, Visions of Johanna, Mississippi. It's very difficult to narrow it down.
2. Love and Theft, Blond on Blonde.
It was intereresting to see our readers' responses to our Dylan poll last week. The guy has done so much good stuff that it's difficult to narrow down. This is very good, though: Ain't it just like the night to play tricks when you're tryin' to be so qu
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I'm sure I'm a minority on this, but I love Nashville Skyline.
Obit in today's WaPo. Dylan's girlfriend and early muse, Suze Rotolo has died.
Hmmm, from this article it seem's Mr. Dylan was deep into leftist politics, afterall.
But it's all right, Ma, it's life... be one of me faves from Bringing It All Back Home .
Infidels it don't count unless it sells... Union Sundown i use listen alot and could be song of the hour.
Stuck Inside of Mobile, It's All Over Now Baby Blue, My Back Pages. Man Gave Names to All the Animals is on the bubble.
Only two albums? Well, Bringing it All Back Home for sure; Blonde on Blonde and New Morning fight it out for the second spot. I'll bet there aren't a lot of other votes for New Morning
Hard to say for sure but probably; Mr. Tambourine Man, My Back Pages, Tangled Up In Blue.
Bringing it All Back Home and Blood on the Tracks
Songs: "Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again," "Tangled Up In Blue," "Desolation Row."
Albums: Good As I Been To You, Highway 61 Revisited
Don't Think Twice, It's All Over Now Baby Blue, Positively 4th St.....I mena, if you can pare down a list like his!
As for albums, Dose doesn't do albums. I have dozens of HQ Dylan recordings from live shows. The period from his near fatal heart condition in 1997 up until Charlie Sexton and Larry Campbell left the band in 2002 saw a number of really outstanding shows. Stealth taped a few myself but if I'm going to my Dylan collection, that's where I'll reach.
Albums are cheating ;)
Songs: Every Grain of Sand, Mississippi, Positively 4th Street
Albums: Love and Theft; John Wesley Harding
But those are the colors that are in my mind today. Ask me again tomorrow.
Exactly-today I add "One Too Many Mornings" for "Mississippi".
I Shall Be Released (I'm really into this song right now)
Tangled Up in Blue
Blond on Blond
John Welsley Harding
Unfortunatly - I think i-tunes / mp3 has done away with "listening to albums". It's too easy to pick and choose - make play lists - etc.
I don't dig into the lesser know stuff as much. It's not like the good old days when you dropped the needle and listened to a whole album side.
I suppose if somebody put a gun to my head and forced me to pick a favorite Dylan anything, it would be "John Welsley Harding" for album and "Tangled Up in Blue" for song.
I've always viewed Dylan as the Wal-Mart of folk - a ersatz Woody Gutherie.
songs: probably "You're a Big Girl Now", Workingman's Blues#2, "I Threw it All Away" (ask me in an hour, it'll be different.
Albums- "Blood on the Tracks" "Highway 61"
For favorite albums it's "Blood on the Tracks" and "Modern Times," Love the energy of the latter, especially on audiophile vinyl.
For songs, "Shelter from the Storm" always moves me, although my SACD version has "artifacts" or little chirps. "Thunder on the Mountain" is great fun and always gets me up dancing.
But there are others - "All Along the Watchtowers", "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go," even "Country Pie."
Melanie, Lay Lady Lay
Tangled, without a doubt
Rainy Day Women
And, from out of nowhere, Black Diamond Bay. I love the rhythm, the rhyme, and the concise, evocative picture it draws in a scant few minutes.
The two albums are Blood on the Tracks and Desire. I consider their release in consecutive years to have been matched only by the Grateful Dead w/ Workingman's Dead and American Beauty.
Bill, Black Diamond Bay is such a terrific song. Totally underrated.
"Chimes of Freedom"
"The Times They Are a-Changin'"
"My Back Pages"
But here's the catch: I'm referring to the Byrds' versions. ;-)
Impossible. Let's try...
1a. Songs I've Listened to the most often (and that includes in my head):
Million Dollar Bash
The Clothes Line Saga
Please, Mrs. Henry
1b. Songs that Touched me the most:
One More Cup of Coffee
Senor... no, Isis... no, Senor... OK, Definitely Isis (I think)
2. Albums Listen to Most:
Time Out of Mind (Masked & Anonymous Soundtrack close 2nd)
Re: albums, agree with Whitehall (#12): Blood on the Tracks, Modern Times. Too many songs to pick only 3..........
Visions of Johanna, Bob Dylan's115th Dream, I'll be Your Baby Tonight.
Bringing It All Back Home, Blonde On Blonde
Too many to choose from so I'll go with what I've been listening to most over the last 6 months or so.......
'Highway 61 Revisited' with The Band
'Changing of the Guards'
'Every Grain of Sand' has touched me the most.
'Street Legal' and 'Blood on the Tracks' have gotten me through most of my flights recently.
Its alright ma
tangled up in blue
you aint goin nowhere
strangely, maggies farm came up on shuffle as i wrote this. Heh
Nashville Skyline, best album, to me. Lay Lady Lay, had to buy many records because I wore them out, playing them over and over again.
No llores, mi querida
Dios nos vigila
Soon the horse will take us to Durango.
PG & BTK
Oh, my third most often played is "Ring Them Bells" - listening to it right now ....
Gosh! Dylan songs: Tom Thumbs Blues,Nothing Was Delivered and Tears of Rage.
Albums: John Wesley Harding and listening to The Basement Tapes or Modern Times a lot.
By the way I am sending the Co Sprgs travelogue on to all. Thanks
Three favorite Dylan songs are 'Things have changed " "One too many mornings " and " Ballad of Hollis Brown "
Have you heard this?
1: Sara, To Ramona, Visions of Johanna
2: Desire, Blonde on Blonde
Singles: Just Like a Woman, I Threw it All Away, Queen Jane Approximately, Positively 4th Street
These are most difficult choices, but here goes.
1: You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go; All Along The Watchtower; Dirge; Wedding Song.........can I go on, please. No, wait, definitely "Shelter from the Storm:.
2: Blood on the Tracks; Blonde on Blonde; (but also "Oh Mercy" & "Planet Waves"), plus the rest of them.
How come I'm just seeing this now? How could I have missed it?
Here we go - three tunes:
2 - A simple twist of fate
3 - I want you
1 - Blood on the Tracks.
2 - As Good as I Been to You
I don't want to think about any of these answers too long or too hard; too many other great tunes want to argue with my decision.
1. Subterranean Homesick Blues
2. Lay Lady Lay
3. Just Like a Woman