Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Making of Blonde on Blonde

I'll admit it, I'm not that big of a Dylan fan. That statement is based more in ignorance than in opinion; I've heard many of his radio hits but never delved deeper into his catalog.

I am sure he is everything people say he is - a poet, a visionary, a prophet, etc., but I just never got it.

Still, I can certainly appreciate someone/thing when the majority labels him a genius. Which is why I think this article, on the creation of Dylan's classic Blonde on Blonde is so good.

And please, educate me. Tell me the songs I need to hear to better appreciate Mr. Dylan. But not Jakob. Sorry, that's just not going to happen.

1 comment:

gdr said...

I like the new & improved Popcorn Trick. Stephen Gerarrd scoring goals, Manute Bol tributes, Bob Dylan discussions. Good stuff.

Your link had way too many words to read so I’ll just give you a list of the albums I own. Ranked by personal preference of course, as my critiquing and analysis are better suited for handicapping football & college basketball games.

Honorable Mention – Hard Rain (1975) – Live Dylan? Tough to stomach
10) Bootleg Series Vol. 1 – 3, 1961-1991
9) Desire (1976)
8) Bob Dylan (1962)
7) Time Out of Mind (1997)
6) The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)
5) Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
4) Nashville Skyline (1969)
3) Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
2) Blonde On Blonde (1966)
1) Blood On The Tracks (1975)

1 – 6 are required for any respectable music collection, 7 – 8 should really be there too. It’s really going to be tough for me to submit this seeing Skyline or BIABH so low, but that’s how good the top three are. If I ever made a top albums of all time list, those three would easily be in the upper echelon. Blood is probably top 5, Blonde & H61 around 20-35.