Bob Dylan Fans - Essential Records?

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    I came later to love Dylan. I started with the Biograph box. And then I bought pretty well everything he's done since. My must-haves are Shot of Love, Oh Mercy, Infidels, and Modern Times.
     
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    Isn't it true that Bringin It All Back Home, Highway 61, and Blonde on Blonde were all done within an 18 month period? Really an astounding output. Hard to think of another artist with such an outburst of creative stuff, though the Beatles had a few periods like that.
     
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    For me personally it would have to be Bringing it All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, and Blood on the Tracks.
     
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    + 1 for Time Out of Mind- The production and songwriting on that album is stellar. Can't say enough for how atmospheric and groovy those songs are.
     
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    Blood On The Tracks has worked for me every single time (unlike parrafin)
     
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    Blonde on Blonde, the Basement Tapes, Royal Albert Hall 1966 , Highway 61 Revisited, Time Out Of Mind, Another Side Of Bob Dylan, Blood On The Tracks, No Direction Home for Mike Bloomfield.
     
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    Essential Dylan:

    Blood on the Tracks
    Blood on the Tracks
    Blood on the Tracks
    Blood on the Tracks

    Did I mention Blood on the Tracks? ;)
     
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    For me, it's everything up to Blonde-on-Blonde, then Street Legal (this album is friggin' addictive!) and Oh Mercy. The first Dylan record is one of my favorites. Highway 61 too.
     
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    "Blood on the Tracks" and the mostly acoustic bootleg "Blood on the Tapes" which has an version of "Lily , Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" which cuts the current release to Julliane slices.
    Gotta have "Freewheelin'" and "Slow Train" if you groove on the Nazz (not Rundgren's old band.)
     
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    Another Side of Bob Dylan and John Wesley Harding are two of my favorites that get less attention than many of the other great albums mentioned here. And while I skip some of the songs, Planet Waves is a really powerful slab of emotion, with Robbie Robertson playing some of the coolest ripping telecaster that totally serves the music with no apologies.
     
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    self portrait & his Christmas album

    ok just kidding

    I have recently enjoyed his first album but it doesn't sound like the bob we all know. I would say Highway 61 is him at his best.
     
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    My personal favorite album of all time is Blonde on Blonde. I pretty much agree with all the suggestions made, since I have always been a Dylan fan, but Blonde on Blonde was a masterpiece of an album to me. The only thing close and may be nearly its equal is Blood on the Tracks.
     
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    Bob Dylan

    Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

    Another Side of Bob Dylan

    Bringing It All Back Home

    Highway 61 Revisited

    Blonde On Blonde

    John Wesley Harding

    The Basement Tapes

    Blood On The Tracks

    Desire

    Live 1966

    Rolling Thunder Revue

    Hard Rain

    Planet Waves

    Love and Theft

    Time Out Of Mind

    Modern Times

    Together Through Life

    Nashville Skyline


    I honestly believe that I would not be REMOTELY the same person (much less musician) if ANY of these albums were erased from history.
     
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    Stevie Wonder in the early 70's? Sly Stone just before that? The Who from around 68 - 72. Stones of the Same period. Kinks too. Aretha in the late 60s. Otis. Alex Chilton. Etc.

    Not to take anything away from his Bob-ness during the period you're describing. But I think a lot of great, high profile artists have pretty short ( a couple or three years) where they're just "on fire" and able to capture their best performances - but also being totally in sync somehow with the cultural gist of the times. The thing about Bob though is that he's come back at least a couple of times with stuff that's almost as transcendent as that early stuff that made his name. That, I think, really sets him apart from pretty much everybody else.

    Cheers,
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