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  • Audio CD (Sept. 19 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000024R8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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. Gopel 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

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This album now seems as remarkable as his mid-'60s breakthoughs. Like Presley's Sun Sessions, it is both the remnant of a lost rural America and the seed of rock culture. The music is primarily Dylan, with acoustic guitar, barking traditional folk, and blues. He was 20, a Northern hick come to New York to be the next Woody Guthrie. It's amazing that at 20 he sings "In My Time of Dying" and "See That My Grave is Kept Clean," not as traditional songs, but making their doom and resignation sound personal. --Steve Tignor

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rocker_Man on June 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bob Dylan (1962.) Bob Dylan's first album.
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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Carpenter on July 5 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's easy to critize the first effort by an artist, especially after the fact, once we have all seen the tremendous heights that his career has soared to and the lows that inevitably follow. But this album is remarkable, not just because of what came after. I dare anyone to listen to "In My Time Of Dyin'" or "House Of The Rising Sun" and tell me otherwise. It took a while for this album to grow on me, though after my very first listen I couldn't help but play "In My Time Of Dying"' over and over, even humming the lyrics at work. "Talkin' New York", "Pretty Peggy-O", "Song to Woody" and a few others could have fit perfectly on any of the three albums that followed this one. We also get a lot more of a yodeling sound in "Man Of Constant Sorrow" and "Freight Train Blues." I rated this album five stars because I love it and everything else by Bob, but I wouldn't choose this to start your collection. Having said that my first cd was the live bootleg 1966, so maybe it doesn't really matter where you begin. One last thing is about the quality. I own the old cd version and have just purchased the remastered version. WHATEVER YOU DO, SPEND THE COUPLE EXTRA BUCKS AND GET THE REMASTERED VERSION. There's nothing explicitely wrong with the old one, but the too aren't in the same league sonicly.
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The first Dylan album I ever listened to was Highway 61 Revisited. It was pretty good...so I went on to his second album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. After hearing that, I thought that I should I check out his debut album, Bob Dylan. I figured it would be sort of like The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, but, sorry to say, it was a pretty huge disappointment. The first time I heard it, I really liked "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "House of the Rising Sun." I was so impressed--I thought that he actually wrote these songs. No, he did not. The ones that are original, anyhow, unfortunately, do not stack up to any song on any other record ever recorded by Dylan. It, almost, is as if someone else wrote these songs entirely. "Talkin' New York Blues" is an all right song [and Freewheelin-esque], but one song can't save the whole album. Perhaps if it were a really, really awesome song. Anyhow, seeing as Woody Guthrie was a major influence of Dylan's, I would say that Dylan spent most of his time on this record just copying him and regurgitation other influence's styles. Bob tries a strange Little Richie-like voice on certain tracks of the album--a growling voice that I am not too fond of and that is a little unsettling. You know, when I am listening to this album, I often find myself wondering, "How did a record company even sign him?" The album's not as terrible as that comment would suggest, really--not only does Bob Dylan not have one of the most marketable voices, but the best songs on the album weren't even written by him, and the ones that were aren't all that promising. Dylan would have been absolutely nothing if it weren't for his lyrics, so, what I'm saying is, he should be praising God for even getting his foot in the door. On a brighter note for the closing, this record is interesting and encouraging, if you're an artist, because you get to see what Dylan started from and realize that he wasn't a genius just the second he began. That's pretty good for me.
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Bob Dylan's position in the upper echelons of popular music is unquestioned. So, we can then ignore his comparatively insignificant debut album, right?
Wrong.
Bob Dylan's self-titled debuts album is an extraordinary piece of work. I have been listening to his work passionately for years now, but only recently got around to buying this album. I now feel ashamed. One might be surprised to find that the album contains only two original compositions, but it is entirely logical. Dylan's field at the time was folk music, a genre traditionally played by old and very experienced musicians and not 20-year-olds like Dylan. Humbled by the storied history and rich tradition of folk music, he chose to immerse himself fully into the field, absorbing influences from all its corners, before delving into writing his own folk anthems. Also, at the time Dylan recorded this album, song interpretation was considered to be paramount and original composition tangential at best. (Dylan, of course, was soon to change all that.)
And what a crash course in song interpretation this amazing record is. That said, though Dylan was already a master of interpretation, he was, at this point, still clearly a product of his influences. The spirit of Woody Guthrie pervades this album. The two Dylan compositions, which name and quote him, and are clearly written within his established style, with Talkin' New York, in particular, exhibiting his trademark "talkin' blues" parameters, are not the only instances of this. He clearly had a profound influence upon Dylan's singing style: as few non-Dylan fans know, he is not singing in his natural voice here.
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