Dylan had been working with The Band occasionally for almost ten years by the time Planet Waves
, the first official release with the group backing him, was released in 1974. It's a solid effort with a brace of great songs ("Forever Young," "Something There Is About You"), even if the playing never rises to the fire and energy of The Basement Tapes
or some of the combination's legendary live bootlegs. As he wrote Planet Waves
, Dylan was at the beginning of the emotional powerslide that would result in Blood on the Tracks
, so the songs veer from the bitterness of "Dirge" to the sweet hope of "Wedding Song." --Michael Ruby
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.