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Dylan's 1961 debut astonished the folk world and remains one of the most powerful pure folk records ever. Includes Man of Constant Sorrow; See That My Grave Is Kept Clean; Baby, Let Me Follow You Down ; Dylan's own Song to Woody; In My Time of Dyin' , and more, all newly remasterd.
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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The album is comprised of eleven traditional songs and two covers. The reason was because in the early 1960s folk revival, the artists of that movement focused primarily on traditional material, they were much more concerned with interpretative songs than singing original compositions, a thing which Dylan himself would soon be changing.
In a mid 1960s review, Bob Dylan he was disgusted that all these people suddenly deciding they'd just start writing songs without any real knowledge of the traditional body of songs that have been before them. When asked about his own songwriting, Dylan said he didn't start writing his own songs until he had immersed himself in the tradition of his chosen field: songs from the American tradition. This proved to be a very rich tradition, as Dylan has gotten a lot of great music from that musical background. Over forty years later Dylan's newest music is a testament to this fact.
On his debut he was practicing and doing his own research in the Americana tradition to give his work much more depth than those people who just began writing songs without any sense of history behind it. That is what makes LOVE AND THEFT and MODERN TIMES so rewarding: you feel Dylan giving us a history of modern musical traditions other than rock and presenting it in a rock context.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
tunes but notable as being Dylan's most lyrically witty and
ironically humorous.This comes to full fruitation on the Dylan
original "Talkin' New York",in which the early '60's folkie comes
into that Greenwich Village coffee house and is told that he sounds "like a hillbilly",further adding "we want folk singers
here"-this is Bob Dylans only acoustic folk album that includes
a measure of lighthearted self-parody.The album as a whole is
upbeat,bouncy Woody Guthrie-style American folk music,highlighted
by the heavily Oakie-accented cover of "House Of The Rising Sun".
Those familiar with it's newer update on the "Oh Brother,Where
Art Thou" soundtrack will notice a very different take here of
the folk classic "Man Of Constant Sorrow".Overall,anyone with a
serious ear could discern that this singer-songwriter would not
only be around for a very long time but carry an influence even
he perhapes was only vaguely aware of.Not only a major milestone
in 20'th century American music but in the developement of our
sociaty's art for all the years to come.
Most recent customer reviews
Another gift for my Brother and he was thrilled to get it.Published 17 months ago by ralph a hollingsworth
There is not a lot of evidence on this album of Dylan's genius, but it's an intriguing listen for one who came to this album after Freewheelin'.Published 23 months ago by Irishcan
Bob Dylan (1962.) Bob Dylan's first album.
It was in 1962 that the American folk rock legend Bob Dylan released his first album. Read more
Alright Bob! so what if he only wrote two songs; it's worth every penny man!Published on April 29 2004
Dylan's first three albums: Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, and The Times They Are A-Changin' immediately established him as a songwriter of great distinction. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by James E. Duckworth
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. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by Nobody!
Bob Dylan. Not the most creative title, but Dylan's voice and guitar are at their most dynamic. Dylan was trying to build on the many legends that had come before him, such as... Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2003
This guy was just 20(!!!) years old when he recorded this magnificent collection of traditional folk tunes (and two of his originals). What a performance! Read morePublished on March 7 2003 by John_999