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Times They Are A-Changin

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000024RZ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
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1. The Times They Are A-Changin'
2. Ballad Of Hollis Brown
3. With God On Our Side
4. One Too Many Mornings
5. North Country Blues
6. Only A Pawn In Their Game
7. Boots Of Spanish Leather
8. When The Ship Comes In
9. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
10. Restless Farewell

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One of the darkest of Dylan albums, Times is the work of a 22-year-old who sounds no less sick of it all than the ailing 55-year-old who made Time out of Mind. There's a place here for rousing protests such as the title track and "When the Ship Comes In," but those songs are outnumbered by the equally powerful, drainingly pessimistic likes of "Only a Pawn in Their Game," "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll," and "The Ballad of Hollis Brown." It's as if Dylan had to deliver his grimmest topical material before moving on to Another Side's liberation and laughs. --Rickey Wright

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Bob Dylan's third album, The Times They Are A'Changin', is probably his most openly cynical album every recorded. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Dylan's second album, features downbeat songs, as well ["Masters of War," "Hard Rain's A' Gonna Fall," "Talkin' World War III Blues," along with others], but featured some upbeat love songs, as well. The Times They Are A'Changin' is the next logical evolution upward from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan--as Freewheelin' was a haphazard folk album--serious and pessimistic but also light and funny--The Times They Are A'Changin' is focused and has a distinct purpose--illuminating the political and social problems of "the times" in an open and straightforward manner. Though there are a few love ballads on the album ["One Too Many Mornings" and "Restless Farewell"], mostly there is nothing but derisive political statements. On "With God On Our Side," Dylan sings, "Now we got weapons of the chemical dust. If fire them we're forced to, then fire them we must. One push of the button, and a shot the world wide. But you never ask questions when God's on your side." Though "With God On Our Side" is a direct shot, he's never been more upfront with his disdain than on "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll." Throughout the album, Dylan says many painfully honest assertions about the United States, and I really can't believe he got away with it. He was walking on the edge, as anyone who has heard the album can attest, and it isn't surprising that he toned down his cultural antipathy on his next album, Another Side of Bob Dylan, though does not do away with it completely [see "My Back Pages"]. Though there are many sarcastic and negative songs on The Times, there are also a couple nice songs.Read more ›
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There's a lot to say about this album, personally i think is much better than the Frewhellin', why? Don't know. This bug hit me harder.
This is the LAST album by bobby featuring "finger-pointing" songs, so in my humble opinion the best of this record are the pesonal ballads, with a lot of intimicy and with a great tecnique of smooth "fingerpickin'" (for those who say that bobby can't play the guitar) like "One too many Mornings" which is great (you should listen to the one live at the RAH'66 with the back-vocals), i don't consider "When the Ship Comes In" a protest song, it's a beatiful song which shows bobby with certain hope for a better world (but he ain't protesting...).
"Restless farewell" is said that is another song by bobby saying goodbye to folk or lefty music, he was going to do it in the next two albums with "It ain't me babe" and "It's all over now baby blue", always as the final cut.
But THE song here is "Boot of Spanish Leather", with the has the same chords from "Girl from north country" and the same temathic of lost love of "Don't think twice", just a beatiful piece that's worth the album.
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This is the album that introduced me to Bob Dylan. It takes alot of effort to get into, but after several listens, each song succeeds to grab your attention. A few of the songs could even be taken as "catchy", especially The Times They Are A-Changin' and When the Ship Comes In. With God on Our Side is too long, but if you get bored by the melody, you can always listen to the lyrics, so the song is saved from the hubris. In a way, the album resembles a cubist painting (a school of art which Dylan's own paintings take their cue from), with each song being a "fractle," to borrow a word from Robert Fripp. The songs are uniformly discouraging, and totally bleak. The statement of purpose hands down is When the Ship Comes In,which shows no lightening up in its hatred. The theme is revenge, when the Old Testement imagry seeks a vengeful, studied catharsis. As with this song, the entire album gives no respite, anywhere. This album shows absolutely no sign of redemption. Dylan shows no sign of giving the nemesises even a crack of sunlight. One can only guess how much endurance and suffering a man of twenty-two years could have survived to come up with an album so dreadfully powerful. Out of Dylan's first five albums, this is by far my favorite. One obvious reason is that (can you believe it?) his voice is way superior to his first album, where the vocals are so slip-shod as to beg the question if Dylan had swallowed living frogs at the recording session. But the real answer is that the songwriting has hit a high water mark.Read more ›
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Concerning this album I have a friendly, but serious, bone to pick with many Dylan fans both old and young. I think this may be the most misunderstood and abused of Dylan's albums from the 60's. I will touch on the indidvidual songs, but first let me try to explain where I'm coming from.
I have been intimately familiar with this album for about 37 years. It is a crucial album, it is not transitional and it is not a mere 'topical/political/protest' album as is so often claimed. Dylan's artistic vision in the 60's was a continually unfolding process and each album played an essential part in that vision. With the first album, BOB DYLAN, Dylan presented a new kind of music vocal. He mixed speech-tones with music-tones in a way that created a new artistc tool of great dramatic power. Then with the second album, FREEWHEELIN", especially with the song, A HARD RAIN'S A-GONNA FALL, he presented a profound new kind of poem/song. This song has always been described as being about the threat of nuclear war, but the song is so much more profound than that. It is a poetic vision of a world submerged in darkness with a destiny that is almost certainly apocalyptic in the ancient Persian/Judaeo-Christian sense. It is one of the most important songs Dylan ever wrote. It expressed such a depth of Dylan's soul that it continued to be essential for an understanding of Dylan's work. It is a major statement and on each of the succeeding albums in the 60's Dylan made at least one other major statement essentially related to the inital statement of A HARD RAIN. And I would claim that if you do not understand this unfolding succession of statements, then you do not understand Dylan in the 60's.
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