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Planet Waves [Original recording remastered]

Bob Dylan Audio CD
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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

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4.0 out of 5 stars The album time forgot... Nov. 22 2002
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Format:Audio CD
"Planet Waves" seems to have slipped into black hole between Dylan's late 60s oddities ("Self Portrait," "Nashville Skyline") and his so-called return to form with "Blood on the Tracks." However, "Planet Waves" is a teriffic CD, the ONLY studio album recorded with the Band, and has a lot more to recommend it than the perennial favorite "Forever Young." Indeed, it sounds like a Band record, in the best possible way, with Dylan integrating working seamlessly with the band as they had been doing for a number years--just not on record.
The songs are also strong, from the opener, "On a Night Like This" to the "Wedding Song"--one of Dylan's most heartfelt. A true winner. If there is any detraction it's this: did he have to record "Forever Young" twice?
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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
PLANET WAVES is an important album in Dylan's career, thought not necessarily an essential purchase for any one but the fans of the man. While his best albums are undeniably important records in the pantheon of the rock canon, PLANET WAVES is not among that elite. But first, let's review examine Dylan's history around this time.

Dylan had been fairly quiet since the late 1960s, and while he had released three albums (one, NASHVILLE SKYLINE, with a significant hit, "Lay Lady Lay") SELF PORTRAIT was seen by most as a critical blunder, and while NEW MORNING was hailed as something of a return to form, NM did not capture the wildness and overall sound of his earlier material.

The first major event occurred in 1973, when Dylan was chosen to record a soundtrack for Sam Peckinpah's film PAT GARRET & BILLY THE KID. Not only that, he also got a part in the movie. While the soundtrack was his first recorded work to be released since 1970's NEW MORNING, the soundtrack was largely instrumental, with only four of its ten tracks featuring Dylan singing. Of those four songs, three of those tracks were different versions of the same song, a ballad about Billy the Kid. The only major song to come out of the soundtrack was "Knocking on Heaven's Door", an admittedly great song.

The second major event came when Dylan announced he would be leaving Columbia Records, his label from the beginning of his career, to go to the newly formed Asylum Records.

The third major event, announced very shortly after Dylan jumped ship for Asylum, was the announcement that Bob Dylan would be embarking on his first major tour in eight years. Not only that, Dylan would be touring with The Band, who had been his backing band (known then as The Hawks) on his legendary 1966 world tour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comme toujours (ou presque) du grand Dylan! April 25 2010
Format:Audio CD
Un trèes bel album de Dylan, fidèle à l'une de ses très nombreuses lignes artistiques...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best....but still pretty good May 24 2004
By AlexCh
Format:Audio CD
It's true that this does not compare to Dylan's greater works like Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, and Highway 61 Revisted, but this album is still worth listening to. The lyrics are not Dylan's best, but the music, provided by The Band, and Dylan's voice allow one to enjoy this overlooked Dylan album. The song "Hazel" in particular is an unknown Dylan classic. If you love Dylan or The Band, I say definitely pick this one up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Bob CD May 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
I always thought Planet Waves was supposed to be one of Bobs low points until I heard this disc in my car and was very surprised how fresh and alive this disc is.
Not a dud track plus a classic 'Wedding Song' worth getting this disc just for this song alone.
Great disc and well worth getting.
Shame no bonus tracks are included.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated April 17 2004
By JR
Format:Audio CD
This is certainly one of Dylan's more underrated albums, along with Nashville Skyline and New Morning. The Band are terrific and it's a great little set of songs as well. To be honest, there are a couple of songs here that don't do much for me, i.e. Dirge and You Angel You, but songs like Never Say Goodbye and Wedding Song (which end the album on a great note) make up for the occasional flat spot. Tough Mama and On A Night Like This are also terrific but best of all is Hazel, which features one of Bob's prettiest melodies (in fact, it kind of reminded me of an Elton John type of melody). Hazel would be in my top 5 Dylan songs except for the fact that Bob hits a couple of really awful notes (even for him) vocally on this one which I have to say kind of spoils it for me. Still a great listen though, highly recommended if you can't get enough of Dylan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rediscover a Lost Gem Oct. 28 2003
Format:Audio CD
Usually a label's remastering project is an attempt to get fans to shell out the bucks one more time, but Columbia's new Dylan cds are a different proposition. In particular, "Planet Waves" is like a whole new album. I never realized how warm and relaxed Dylan's vocals are, how tight The Band locks in behind him, how perfect Richard Manuel's and Garth Hudson's piano and organ accompaniment are. This remastered version is light years better than the original, and the songs aren't too shabby either. The whole gambit of moods is explored here, from the urgent rock of "Tough Mama" through the tender prayer of "Forever Young" to the aching confusion of "Wedding Song". At the time he recorded this, Dylan was a man in conflict between his love of settled family life and his desire to hit the road again, and this album captures his dilemma perfectly. "Planet Waves" could be his most underrated album.
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