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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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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?
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.Read more ›
"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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Un trèes bel album de Dylan, fidèle à l'une de ses très nombreuses lignes artistiques...Published on April 25 2010 by Jacques Bérubé
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 morePublished on May 23 2004 by AlexCh
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 morePublished on May 6 2004 by Buyer of CDs/DVDs & BluRays
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 morePublished on April 17 2004 by JR
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003 by Thaddeus Wert
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 morePublished on May 24 2003
... 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