|1. You're No Good|
|2. Talkin' New York|
|3. In My Time Of Dyin'|
|4. Man Of Constant Sorrow|
|5. Fixin' To Die|
|6. Pretty Peggy-O|
|7. Highway 51|
|8. Gospel Plow|
|9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down|
|10. House Of The Risin' Sun|
|11. Freight Train Blues|
|12. Song To Woody|
|13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean|
It was in 1962 that the American folk rock legend Bob Dylan released his first album. As the decade would progress, he would become an almost instantaneous legend, whose fusion of folk and rock music would be unparalleled. He would even go onto influence artists who were radically different from himself, including the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. How does Dylan's self-titled debut LP, released in 1962, measure up? Read on for my review of it.
To put it simply, this album features Dylan as he was, before his days as a successful musician. For the most part, the album is just Dylan with his guitar, and he plays his instrument very well - a premonition of his future successes. Unfortunately, the album isn't perfect. For one thing, Dylan's voice just sounds weak on this album. He's singing his heart out, no questions asked, but he sounds like he's dying on many of the tracks. Likewise, a number of the tracks are cover songs - NOT Dylan originals. They are good songs, though - I just wish his singing voice was better on the album. For instance, the version of House Of The Risin' Sun featured on this album put's the version Eric Burdon And The Animals did to shame. Interestingly enough, the cover songs, which make up the majority of the album, tend to be the strongest point - the few Dylan originals that appear on the album are actually among his weakest original compositions. It's a miracle that a record company signed him, though - or it would have been one of the costliest mistakes in music history! In the end this is a very good album, but it's not really a good place for Dylan newbies.
The most readily available edition of this album in America (as of June 8, 2004) is the budget reissue.Read more ›
May I also recommend a book that is available on this web site: "The Bob Dylan Albums" by Anthony Varesi. The book by Varesi is a fair and honest review of the albums by Dylan.
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