World Gone Wrong
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With his songwriting muse on pause, Bob Dylan spent the mid-'90s recording old folk and blues standards with just himself, a harmonica, and an acoustic guitar. Good As I Been to You was the first effort. For the follow-up, World Gone Wrong, he went even further into the dark night of the soul. His voice aged by road-weary experience and informed by lifelong insight delivers just the right pathos to these tales of lost love and existential blight. Tom Paley, one of the original New Lost City Ramblers, popularized "Love Henry," a symbolic tale of a businessman who loses his soul traveling through the halls of corruption. Dylan delivers it as a funeral march and surrounds it with songs of similar sentiment. A modern acoustic blues classic. --Rob O'Connor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is what it would be like to have Dylan in front of you with just an acoustic guitar, playing the songs that he wants to. It is stark and his voice is starting a downward spiral towards the growl that he's had on his last few albums, but none of that matters.
You know what a lot of people don't know? The man can play guitar! He proves it on this disc. Broke down engine has some great up beat picking that catches you by suprise. Conversely Delia is a fantastic ballad about a woman shot by a no good man and the subtle picking in that one makes it tender and beautiful along with his singing. The way he conveys the line "Delia's daddy weeped, Delia's mama moaned, wouldn't have been so bad if the poor girl died at home" is absolutely gorgeous.
Jack-A-Roe sounds like it could be right off a Gordon Lightfoot CD. A fantastic folky ballad that seems like it will end in tragedy, but doesn't.
This is a great disc from the man, not the legend. It is so personal and honest that it will blind you.
There is more than a hint of nostalgia in these songs; in fact, in their own quiet way they seem to represent a rebellion again modern society; this falls far short of becoming the sort of protest music Dylan produced in his early years, but nostalgia for a world that can never be regained is unmistakably present. Fame and fortune are given a thorough analysis herein and are declared wanting; as Dylan says in the very interesting if sometimes cryptic liner notes, when opining upon the meaning of the song Stack A Lee, "no man gains immortality thru public acclaim." I don't think Dylan really even cares how many people appreciate this album; as always, he records the music that speaks to him, not what he thinks audiences want to hear.Read more ›
Ragged and Dirty, he really has a nice arrangement on this rendition, sounds like it is just that way...and Broke Down engine serves in many ways as the centerpiece for the album...not only in regard to the skill of the song but the general mood, message and temperment of the album.
This is another feather in Dylans cap and a wonderful expression of classic blues tunes.
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I got this cd for my husband - he has really enjoyed listening and playing along with it - really likes the acoustic guitar....Published on Feb. 28 2012 by annie51
This is a great disc from the man, it is personal and honest , Delia is a superb ballad, and i can't stop listen to Love Henry !
5 stars and more !!!
I ordered this item on Sept 25 and received an email advising that it had been shipped on Sept 26, however I did not receive the CD until October 25.Published on Oct. 27 2011 by pwhitmore
I love Bob, but this album is like listening to him sing in the shower while the water is running, the dog is barking, someone's knocking at the door, and a dozen little kids are... Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2004