Year: Love and Theft begins and ends with worlds ending. Love and Theft is both predictable and completely surprising. He followed it up in with Nashville Skyline , which saw Dylan mellowing out even further and taking his most countrified approach to songwriting. After changing his sound to electric rock on his previous three albums, Dylan returned to his acoustic folk roots. Year: ? Still working within the folk framework as a solo performer, Dylan abandons his ultra-serious politics for some of the most personal, humorous, poetic and heartbreakingly vulnerable songs in his catalog. Recorded in just one night in the summer of , Another Side offers a rare snapshot of the still-developing young artist beginning to find a voice of his own with impressive clarity.
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Bob Dylan 's 35th album, Tempest, landed in stores this week — a record in which, he claims, "Anything goes and you just gotta believe it will make sense. Votes poured in for everything from his self-titled album through Tempest ; here are the results. A little over a year after a motorcycle accident removed Bob Dylan from the public eye, the singer-songwriter headed down to Nashville to record his long-awaited follow-up to Blonde on Blonde. It was , the year of Sgt. As usual, Dylan completely defied expectations. John Wesley Harding is a low-key folk-rock album cut with a tiny crew of Nashville pros. It was recorded during the course of three relatively quick sessions spread over a month. Dylan did virtually nothing to promote the disc and it didn't spawn any hits, though the following year, Jimi Hendrix released a cover of "All Along the Watchtower" that became a smash all over the world. It's since been covered by countless artists, and Dylan himself has performed it over 2, times — more than any other song in his catalog. By , many Bob Dylan fans were convinced that Dylan had completely lost his songwriting muse.
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I think Blonde On Blonde was the first album I tried, and I found it to be pretty difficult listening. Bad singing, abrasive harmonica, overly long songs, etc. It turns out you can have too much of a good thing. Not many people have heard of this one, and rightly so. Fallen Angels beats Triplicate only by being less tediously long.
This feature originally appeared in Dylan is perhaps the most restless of all artists. At every stage of his career, he transcended genre, redefined his medium, and grew bored, oftentimes disappearing from the public eye before emerging as someone else entirely but always with those knowing, mischievous, and gleaming eyes.