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Planet Waves Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (June 22 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B00026WUBE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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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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By A Customer on Nov. 22 2002
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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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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By A Customer on 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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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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