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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The album time forgot... Nov. 22 2002
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Meat shakin' on your bone Oct. 13 2003
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I discovered this album late, after devouring Bob's greatest albums for years... and must say that it's one of the most under-rated works in his canon. I don't make that assessment based on the songwriting, but on the performances. This may be The Band's finest moment... Robbie Robertson's guitar work, particularly on "Going Going Gone" is a valuable lesson in understatement, in making the instrumentation serve the song. Same with Garth Hudson's majesterial organ and Levon Helm's rock-solid drumming. And Bob's singing is at its peak of expressiveness... it initiates his greatest vocal period, stretching through Blood On the Tracks and the first Rolling Thunder tour. "Tough Mama" is just ultra-funky and drenched with sexual longing. With all the talk of Bob's lyrics and gathering of great musicians, too little attention is paid to the ATMOSPHERE he creates in a studio just by his presence and attitude. "Dirge" is an excellent example of this, as is "Forever Young." It sounds like Bob and The Band have just been touring for months and are chronicling tales of fleeting love on the road, but this wasn't the case-- they wouldn't tour until afterwards, but still manage to convey that mood. The album was recorded quickly and it sounds like it, but in a good way. I like the impulsive and laidback feel of this recording. This remastered version is a nice improvement on the original. Even if you're new to Dylan's catalog, this is a primo purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well, 3  stars actually.... July 31 2003
Format:Audio CD
This, strangely enough, is Bob Dylan's only studio album with The Band backing him, and it really shows what a versatile combo they had evolved into.
"Planet Waves" doesn't contain too many genuine classics, but the sublime "Forever Young" certainly is one. The jury is still out concerning the status of the swinging "Going, Going, Gone".
The opener, "One A Night Like This", is a fine little gem as well, a really catchy piece of...well, I was going to say country & western, but it's as much folk as it is country, actually.
Other highlights include the tender ballad "Hazel" (not least because of a formidable performance by The Band), the groovy "You Angel You" (excellent lead guitar by Robbie Robertson), and the blues-rocker "Tough Mama".
This is less hard rock that some of Dylan's collaborations with The Band ("Live 1966" comes to mind), and more a mixture of slow rock, country, folk and R&B, not unlike 1970's relaxed and intimate "New Morning".
It is not really one of Dylan's major albums (some of the songs do seem a little bit unfocused), but it is a good, enjoyable record in its own right, and a too-rare chance to listen to Bob Dylan working with his greatest ever backing band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs; horrible recording. Jan. 27 2003
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Finally, after the horror of "Self Portrait" and blandness of "New Morning", Dylan's songwriting abilities start to pick up steam again. For the first time since "John Wesley Harding" he delivers a solid album of quality songs and starts his mid-70's comeback. The material here ventures into a more personal and autobigraphical style - a trend that would continue onto his next album, the magnificent "Blood on the Tracks". "Planet Waves" is, in fact, a great display of songwriting talent, containing one of Dylan's all-time classics, "Forever Young" and several songs that deserve a lot more attention that they have gotten, such as "You Angel You" and "Never Say Goodbye". The reason this album doesn't get five stars, however, is due to the terrible production quality. The sound is horrible; almost amateurish sounding work by the backing musicians. (It's probably not entirely their fault because Dylan is notorious for recording in one take without rehearsing.) The cover art is absolutely awful as well and certainly could not have contributed to potential customers' favourable perception of the quality of the music inside. In any event, it's a shame because the songwriting on this album is very good. It would be remembered much more favourably had it been recorded properly. (Thankfully, he does a proper production job next time, on "Blood on the Tracks").
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Gift for my Brother.
Published 2 months ago by ralph a hollingsworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting for its evolutionary link in Dylan's artistic journey, but...
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. Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2012 by Mike London
5.0 out of 5 stars Comme toujours (ou presque) du grand Dylan!
Un trèes bel album de Dylan, fidèle à l'une de ses très nombreuses lignes artistiques...
Published on April 25 2010 by Jacques Bérubé
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best....but still pretty good
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. Read more
Published on May 23 2004 by AlexCh
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Bob 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. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Bring_back_the_60s
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
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. Read more
Published on April 17 2004 by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet
It is just too damn good not to spend some time listening too.
Published on June 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This Album
I originally bought this album in vinyl and haven't had a record player in many years. Recently purchased it in CD. I had forgotten how good the songs are on this album. Read more
Published on May 24 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars I bought this CD for Forever Young...
... one of my all time favorite Dylan tunes. The rest is well... forgettable. It's obviously hard to really go *wrong* with Dylan, but this is far from his best work overall.
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by Brian Lucas
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