“Bob Dylan” by Bob Dylan - album review

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TJR says

Woody Guthrie’s 20 year old disciple steps into the spotlight with a whole load of folk traditionals – and a new way of spitting ‘em out. Just listen to how he messes with “Pretty Peggy-O”. Who is this gallus young pretender? The album’s a complete tease. It’s immediately obvious that the guy is brilliant, but there’s only two which are self-written. With the brilliance and the sparsity of the Dylan originals, Bob left everyone crying out for an encore. Both of them, “Song to Woody” and “Talkin’ New York”, are instant classics. “Song To Woody” echoes with the tune of Guthrie’s “1913 Massacre” as Bob pays his dues in the best possible way – with a classic that lies immortal. The line “that come with the dust and are gone with the wind” directly stems from “we come with the dust and we go with the wind” in Guthrie’s song “Pastures of Plenty”. “Talkin’ New York” similarly echoes stylistically with Guthrie’s “Talking Dust Bowl Blues”, as Bob folk-raps in accordance with his personal issues of the day. The lyrics express the difficulty he had in finding gigs when he arrived in New York as a result of his “unique” sound: “You sound like a hillbilly, we want folk singers here” (who was that goon? what a schmuckbag!) With his love and respect for the genre, his ace harmonica, his restless strumming, and his punk drawl laced with clever witticisms, Bob Dylan was the best darned thing that ever did happen to folk music. And this LP served as an excellent debut for starters…

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A1 [01:40] 7.2.png Bob Dylan - You’re No Good (Jesse Fuller) Folk
A2 [03:20] 9.0.png Bob Dylan - Talkin’ New York (Robert Zimmerman) Folk
A3 [02:40] 9.6.png Bob Dylan - In My Time Of Dyin’ (Traditional) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A4 [03:10] 6.8.png Bob Dylan - Man Of Constant Sorrow (Traditional) Folk
A5 [02:22] 8.0.png Bob Dylan - Fixin’ To Die (Bukka White) Folk
A6 [03:23] 8.3.png Bob Dylan - Pretty Peggy-O (Traditional) Folk
A7 [02:52] 9.2.png Bob Dylan - Highway 51 Blues (Tommy McClennan) Folk
B1 [01:47] 7.6.png Bob Dylan - Gospel Plow (Traditional) Folk
B2 [02:37] 7.9.png Bob Dylan - Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Gary Davis, Eric Von Schmidt, Dave Van Ronk) Folk
B3 [05:20] 8.0.png Bob Dylan - House Of The Risin’ Sun (Traditional) Folk
B4 [02:18] 8.0.png Bob Dylan - Freight Train Blues (Traditional) Folk
B5 [02:42] 10.0.png Bob Dylan - Song To Woody (Robert Zimmerman) Folk
B6 [02:43] 8.5.png Bob Dylan - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Lemon Jefferson) Folk

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