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Times They Are A-Changin

Bob Dylan Audio CD
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars worderiffic Aug. 24 2013
By eeyoore
Format:Audio CD
Fluid runs of timeless lyrics echo through the tracks while guitars tortured cadences attempt to hold them back. An album true, a statement bold, that ages well, like wine. I'm glad that Bobby made it. I'm glad a copy's mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bob dylan cd times are a changin Jan. 8 2011
By kirk
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Bob dylan is the most poet,writer,musician,icon,and much more I always admired his music and his point of ,This album was really good.Personally its my favourite album of his.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Dylan March 14 2014
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Not quite up to the standards of subsequent albums or its predecessor - Freewheelin' - this is, nevertheless, quintessential Dylan. Angry protest side by side with haunting love songs should have prepared his audience for what was to follow, but it didn't.
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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Dylan's third studio album, THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' continues in the protest vein of its predecessor, FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN, but with a much more narrow focus. With FREEWHEELIN', Dylan did record protest music, but there was much more to that record than just straight protest, and what protest there was operated on a much more universal level than the run-of-the-mill protest songs of the day.

Not so with this record. When Dylan recorded THE TIMES in 1964, he decided to focus solely on the protest music genre of the 1960s. While much of the music is memorable, because of the narrow constraints Dylan imposed upon himself, THE TIMES has become more dated than any other reason in Dylan's career. And because it is so protest heavy, the album gets monotonous and just depressing to listen to in large quantities (just like the New York version of BLOOD ON THE TRACKS). Listening to the album straight through is very emotionally draining Taken in small doses, though, it's doable.

In the early days of the rock industry, the focus was much more on singles and EPs than full length albums. Bands like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin and their contemporaries are largely credited from moving the musical industry of the early and mid 1960s move away from singles to albums as the dominant art form. They helped make the albums indivisible and consolidated, with a natural ebb and flow, instead of sounding like a collection of singles with filler thrown in between.

While Zeppelin and The Beatles are the most renowned for this movement toward albums in general, along with jazz musicians, Dylan beat both bands several years to the punch. All of Dylan's albums have a distinct atmosphere and sound that he is creating, even his critically panned albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD April 19 2005
Format:Audio CD
This CD is so pure. Every song has such amazing lyrics and meaning to it. Next to Dylans Greatests Hits, this has got to be the best Bob Dylan CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transitional record with some great songs. June 2 2004
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Here Dylan's starting to sound like himself and less like his greatest vocal influence Rambln' Jack Elliot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan, and The Times They Are A-Changin� April 6 2004
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Dylan's first three albums: Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, and The Times They Are A-Changin' immediately established him as a songwriter of great distinction. If you like Bob Dylan these three albums are a must for your collection.
May I also recommend a book that is available on this web site: "The Bob Dylan Albums" by Anthony Varesi. The book by Varesi is a fair and honest review of the albums by Dylan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great record and uderrated March 17 2004
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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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