The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was Bob Dylan's second album--written when he was only twenty-two years old in 1963. Following his forgettable and truly freewheeling debut album, Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan is a haphazard collection of love songs ["Girl from North Country"], talking songs ["Bob Dylan's Blues"], political and social songs ["A Hard Rain's A'Gonna Fall" and "Oxford Town"], and all-around freewheelin' songs ["I Shall Be Free"]. Like the rest of his first four albums, musically it's bare, but hospitable, even still--just Bob's voice, guitar and harmonica. This album is also quite uncomplicated lyrically: "Honey, just allow me one more chance to get along with you." Politically, though, its sharp: "You masters of war, you who build the big guns...I just want you to know I can see through your masks." And what is Bob Dylan when he isn't funny and silly? There are a number of tracks on this album, as he has also on Another Side of Bob Dylan, where he is funny and unserious: "Ask me why I'm drunk all the time, it clears my head and eases my mind. I just walk along, cry and sing, see better days and do better things. Catch dinosaurs, make love to Elizabeth Taylor, catch hell from Richard Burton." Got to love him. Anyhow, if you are looking for a politically-annotative Dylan album, you should look into his next album, The Times They Are A'Changin.' If you want something like this but a little more evolved and grown-up, look into Another Side of Bob Dylan. And, if you are looking for something totally different from this, check out Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, released six months apart from one another--the pinnacle of his career.