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Bob Dylan

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 19 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000024R8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,859 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. You're No Good
2. Talkin' New York
3. In My Time Of Dyin'
4. Man Of Constant Sorrow
5. Fixin' To Die
6. Pretty Peggy-O
7. Highway 51
8. Gopel Plow
9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
10. House Of The Risin' Sun
11. Freight Train Blues
12. Song To Woody
13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

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Dylan's 1961 debut astonished the folk world and remains one of the most powerful pure folk records ever. Includes Man of Constant Sorrow; See That My Grave Is Kept Clean; Baby, Let Me Follow You Down ; Dylan's own Song to Woody; In My Time of Dyin' , and more, all newly remasterd.

This album now seems as remarkable as his mid-'60s breakthoughs. Like Presley's Sun Sessions, it is both the remnant of a lost rural America and the seed of rock culture. The music is primarily Dylan, with acoustic guitar, barking traditional folk, and blues. He was 20, a Northern hick come to New York to be the next Woody Guthrie. It's amazing that at 20 he sings "In My Time of Dying" and "See That My Grave is Kept Clean," not as traditional songs, but making their doom and resignation sound personal. --Steve Tignor

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It's easy to critize the first effort by an artist, especially after the fact, once we have all seen the tremendous heights that his career has soared to and the lows that inevitably follow. But this album is remarkable, not just because of what came after. I dare anyone to listen to "In My Time Of Dyin'" or "House Of The Rising Sun" and tell me otherwise. It took a while for this album to grow on me, though after my very first listen I couldn't help but play "In My Time Of Dying"' over and over, even humming the lyrics at work. "Talkin' New York", "Pretty Peggy-O", "Song to Woody" and a few others could have fit perfectly on any of the three albums that followed this one. We also get a lot more of a yodeling sound in "Man Of Constant Sorrow" and "Freight Train Blues." I rated this album five stars because I love it and everything else by Bob, but I wouldn't choose this to start your collection. Having said that my first cd was the live bootleg 1966, so maybe it doesn't really matter where you begin. One last thing is about the quality. I own the old cd version and have just purchased the remastered version. WHATEVER YOU DO, SPEND THE COUPLE EXTRA BUCKS AND GET THE REMASTERED VERSION. There's nothing explicitely wrong with the old one, but the too aren't in the same league sonicly.
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BOB DYLAN, like the debut LPs by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, are stunning collections of music for their perspective genre, but has long been outclassed by the band's subsequent work. However, the album is an (imperfect) snapshot of Dylan's early days, and in its own way an important indicator of Dylan's musical roots. Unlike The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, BOB DYLAN was recorded for a much smaller audience in mind, and sold in rather slim numbers.

The album is comprised of eleven traditional songs and two covers. The reason was because in the early 1960s folk revival, the artists of that movement focused primarily on traditional material, they were much more concerned with interpretative songs than singing original compositions, a thing which Dylan himself would soon be changing.

In a mid 1960s review, Bob Dylan he was disgusted that all these people suddenly deciding they'd just start writing songs without any real knowledge of the traditional body of songs that have been before them. When asked about his own songwriting, Dylan said he didn't start writing his own songs until he had immersed himself in the tradition of his chosen field: songs from the American tradition. This proved to be a very rich tradition, as Dylan has gotten a lot of great music from that musical background. Over forty years later Dylan's newest music is a testament to this fact.

On his debut he was practicing and doing his own research in the Americana tradition to give his work much more depth than those people who just began writing songs without any sense of history behind it. That is what makes LOVE AND THEFT and MODERN TIMES so rewarding: you feel Dylan giving us a history of modern musical traditions other than rock and presenting it in a rock context.
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Bob Dylan's position in the upper echelons of popular music is unquestioned. So, we can then ignore his comparatively insignificant debut album, right?
Bob Dylan's self-titled debuts album is an extraordinary piece of work. I have been listening to his work passionately for years now, but only recently got around to buying this album. I now feel ashamed. One might be surprised to find that the album contains only two original compositions, but it is entirely logical. Dylan's field at the time was folk music, a genre traditionally played by old and very experienced musicians and not 20-year-olds like Dylan. Humbled by the storied history and rich tradition of folk music, he chose to immerse himself fully into the field, absorbing influences from all its corners, before delving into writing his own folk anthems. Also, at the time Dylan recorded this album, song interpretation was considered to be paramount and original composition tangential at best. (Dylan, of course, was soon to change all that.)
And what a crash course in song interpretation this amazing record is. That said, though Dylan was already a master of interpretation, he was, at this point, still clearly a product of his influences. The spirit of Woody Guthrie pervades this album. The two Dylan compositions, which name and quote him, and are clearly written within his established style, with Talkin' New York, in particular, exhibiting his trademark "talkin' blues" parameters, are not the only instances of this. He clearly had a profound influence upon Dylan's singing style: as few non-Dylan fans know, he is not singing in his natural voice here.
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Even as a career starter,"Bob Dylan" may be light on original
tunes but notable as being Dylan's most lyrically witty and
ironically humorous.This comes to full fruitation on the Dylan
original "Talkin' New York",in which the early '60's folkie comes
into that Greenwich Village coffee house and is told that he sounds "like a hillbilly",further adding "we want folk singers
here"-this is Bob Dylans only acoustic folk album that includes
a measure of lighthearted self-parody.The album as a whole is
upbeat,bouncy Woody Guthrie-style American folk music,highlighted
by the heavily Oakie-accented cover of "House Of The Rising Sun".
Those familiar with it's newer update on the "Oh Brother,Where
Art Thou" soundtrack will notice a very different take here of
the folk classic "Man Of Constant Sorrow".Overall,anyone with a
serious ear could discern that this singer-songwriter would not
only be around for a very long time but carry an influence even
he perhapes was only vaguely aware of.Not only a major milestone
in 20'th century American music but in the developement of our
sociaty's art for all the years to come.
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