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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Sept. 11 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B00005NI5Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
2. Mississippi
3. Summer Days
4. Bye And Bye
5. Lonesome Day Blues
6. Floater (Too Much To Ask)
7. High-Water (For Charley Patton)
8. Moonlight
9. Honest With Me
10. Po' Boy
11. Cry A While
12. Sugar Baby

Product Description

Product Description

At once relaxed and rocking, romantic and roguish, this 2001 album thrilled fans and instantly placed itself alongside the best albums in his oeuvre. These still sound fresh and inspired a decade later: Mississippi; Summer Days; High Water (for Charley Patton); Po' Boy; Sugar Baby; Lonesome Day Blues , and more!

When we last left the ever-confounding saga that is Bob Dylan's now-superhuman recording career, he'd reunited with producer Daniel Lanois, with whom he cut 1997's Time Out of Mind, his most coherent and appealing collection in nearly a decade. Now the still-reigning prince of musical contrariety and potent wordplay is back with his most focused, well-played collection since 1989's Oh Mercy, another Lanois production. One listen to the fade-in of the opener "Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum" and it's clear that all Dylan's roadwork has shaped him and his band (including guitarist Charlie Sexton) into a mighty musical weapon. And while his craggy howl continues to resonate, it's the songs here that astonish. A sturdy midtempo melody makes "Mississippi" the equal of the best numbers on Time, which it was actually written for. He convincingly puts over the R&B swing (yes, swing) number "Summer Days." "Honest with Me" ("I'm not sorry for nuthin' I've done / I'm glad I fight, I only wished we'd won") is a driving rocker that packs a genuine punch. And the light, lounge-like "Bye and Bye" and the southland ramble "Floater (Too Much to Ask)" show extraordinary confidence. He's labeled these songs "blues-based," but in typical Dylan fashion what would promise to be the most overtly blues number here--"High Water (for Charlie Patton)"--sounds like a banjo-based gunfighter ballad. But then that's this artist's gift: confounding expectations. --Robert Baird

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 10 2002
Format: Audio CD
well, it wasn't bad. not by a long shot. i am a little dissapointed in the new sound. i guess i am just more of a fan of dylan's old folk songs, more than his rock and roll. But i have always enjoyed him, up until the 80's. then hee seemed to go sour for a while. but in 88, when he made "Down in the Groove" and in the earliy 90's, i was happy to see his return to hard core folk music. i thought "Time Out Of Mind" was a fine album, deservning of its praise, but again i am saddened by the switch back to a lot of electric.
Love and theft had its share of good tracks, High Water was fabulous, and Mississippi sounded suspiciously like the type from "Time out of Mind". As for the others... i could take or leave them. not what its cracked up to be. But if you like Dylan, might aswell buy it.
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By A Customer on May 23 2006
Format: Audio CD
Released September 11, 2001, "Love And Theft" snuck in under the radar like the Al-kaeda terrorists' airliners. A new Bob Dylan release was not exactly the top news story that day. After years of somewhat disappointing recordings, Dylan had made a major artistic comeback in 1997 with the release of "Time Out Of Mind". While this CD doesn't quite live up to that, it's still a fine piece of work. Dylan's voice was never gangbusters but now in the 21st Century he doesn't really sing so much as croak, like Moms Mabley on a bad day. If great singing and over production is your thing then this CD is not for you. This isn't Celine Dion. So if you have no interest in singers who can't sing, you might as well leave now. It will just be a waste of your time.
The darkness and desolation of the previous mentioned CD is mostly gone and despite the scowls on the cover photo, he actually sounds cautiously playful on this recording. That's highly unusual to anyone familiar his work. "Love And Theft" covers the gamut of American roots music including folk, country, blues and rock. There are few pretensions here. Most of the arrangements are stripped bare, the way I'm sure he wanted it. It is produced by someone named Jack Straw who I suspect might be Dylan himself. As with any Dylan album, there are flaws you have to ignore. A perfectionist he isn't. He's 60 years old and he sounds world weary and a little tired but he still has the energy for some subtle humor. In a nutshell, if you like Bob Dylan this CD would be hard to dislike.
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By Richard Nelson on June 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to believe the powers that be saw fit to remaster this album and not Time Out Of Mind, considering that this was only two years old when it got the super audio treatment. Nevertheless, the album does see improvement on the SACD layer. Listen to the old and new versions of "Sugar Baby" and you'll know that you're now in the presence of a superior recording, one that captures more fully the grit in Bob's voice and the tone of instruments that, in places, can't even be heard on the original pressing. The producers make another interesting choice here: rather than pulling the vocals out of the mix and running them through the center channel, as some of the other 5.1 mixes in the remastered series do, they remain on the front speakers, buried in the band as befits this, the most band-reliant Dylan album in a while.
As for the actual music, it didn't get all that critical acclaim for nothing. The passage of time may have dulled the "This could be his best ever" rhetoric, but Love and Theft is still a high point in the Dylan catalog, among his most consistent and listenable records. Despite being released on, of all days, 9/11, this isn't a socially-important record like his earliest work, but it's easier to put in the player and enjoy without so frequently pondering injustice; it isn't a stunning heartbreak record like Blood on the Tracks, but you can tap your feet and sing along to "Summer Days" and "Honest With Me." There's room for all of those sides of Bob Dylan in his catalog, and hearing him explore this side, and mine the history of American music for sonic gold, is well worth the price of admission.
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Format: Audio CD
Like caviar and oysters perhaps this recording is an acquired taste...and it needs several hearings to fully appreciate, after which it becomes addictive; it has a down-home Mississippi muddy feel that makes it Dylan's grittiest album, and one of my favorites. His voice sounds like freshly poured gravel, adding to its charm and old time blues quality.
The musicianship is extraordinary: Larry Campbell is fabulous on guitar, violin, banjo and mandolin, as is Charlie Sexton on guitar, Tony Garnier on bass, Augie Meyers on organ and accordion, and David Kemper will knock your socks off on drums.
The songs are melodic and words poetic and powerful. The CD insert is a single sheet fold-out, so does not include the lyrics, but they are worth searching out to read and relish the brilliance, see the light and darkness, hope and affliction, and the balance of humor. "Po' Boy" even has a knock knock joke:
Knockin' on the door,
I say "who is it and where are you from ?"
Man says "Freddy !"
I say "Freddy who ?"
He says, "Freddy or not, here I come".
There is greatness in this CD, even though it might not seem so with casual listening. Plumb the depths and it will reward you. Total playing time is 57'30.
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