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Maybe Bob Dylan's Greatest Song?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by rand z, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. Obsessed

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    I got a feeling, Dylan has been sitting on this seminal song until the right moment in history for release.
     
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    I have this early memory of being at the small local church hall when they had the end of year concert. Mostly a variety of skits, sketches and songs accompanied by someone side stage banging away on a piano....most of it escaped me....

    Then two older boys came out with two acoustic guitars and sang Blowin' in the Wind.... I was transfixed . I'd never seen/heard people play guitars live before, kids at that, ... by the end everyone seemed to be clapping and singing along... it was quite magical really....:cool:

    sitting there, probably on my mum/dad's lap, looking around ....I felt like they all knew something, that I didn't..... what the hell just happened to the room while those 2 kids sang and played guitars??,,, o_O

    those boys...:rolleyes:...it's their fault ..... they made me seek out guitars to find out for myself.... :D
     
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    The subject matter and word smithery may be outstanding but if the sound doesn’t grab me then I’d rather read it in a pamphlet.
     
  4. Obsessed

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    Bummer. It hit my soul. I listened to it four times in a row. The most stirring song I've heard in a very long time. And I'm not a huge Dylan fan either.
     
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    Hi.

    Music as an experience is often a shared thing, and that’s one of its powers, but it’s also a personal thing. We shouldn’t be surprised or offended if something that moves us leaves others cold. Nor should we be surprised or offended that others find enjoyment in music where we don’t.

    I tried three times with this. Just totally fails to grab me in any way whatsoever.

    Which is fine.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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    Not a Dylan expert, but I'm guessing his best song would have to be an instrumental.

    My observation with the song that the OP posted is that it sounds like Lou Reed on that Metallica album.
     
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    I really moved me as well.
    I’ve never been a huge Dylan fan but I feel the times may be changing.
    I decided to perform “How Does it Feel” a few years ago on my gig, thought it was a nice song and in my vocal range.
    When I ran through the song the first few times I found myself in tears. Never emotionally connected to the song listening but performing it just slayed me.
    Maybe there’s more there for me to explore that is beyond my current understanding?
     
  8. JuneauMike

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    Hmm. I thought the Clothesline Saga was better. Definitely more tightly edited.
     
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    Not even close to the greatest. My money is on 'Tangled Up In Blue'....it's got everything a song should have.
     
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    Masters of War
     
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    To OP, no. Just no.
     
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    By backpages has many poetic elements in it.
     
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    My Back Pages for me.
     
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    Not even close to be the best to me, i probably go for this one.

     
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    For me, personally, this is his most powerful, greatest if you will, song:
     
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    Bob's been like a constant friend since I first saw him on a late night BBC TV broadcast in 1965. I can't pick a greatest song.

    I'm hoping there'll be a late flowering like Bach's Art of Fugue, Beethoven's last quartets or Rembrandt's late self portraits (hey, that could be an album title), but I don't think this is it yet. On past form (Carribbean Wind, Abandoned Love), it'll probably be rescued from the bin and surface on the Bootleg series volume 83 issued just as I'm being measured for my last box.
     
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    I like the song, and anything new from Dylan is a welcome surprise. I feels like there's a lot of lines in it that are a bit clunky but every now and then there's a belter. I guess he could have edited it down to five minutes of the best lines, but that wouldn't be very Dylan - I think I prefer it as a stream of consciousness.

    It almost feels improvised, I'd love to know how the recording came about.
     
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    The Dylan albums that I love most are the ones people seem to hate. What can you do... For me they are genius, and I'm not keen on much he did after these.

    - Street Legal
    - Slow Train Coming

    There's a bootleg live version of Changing of the Guitars is simply stunning... And not played live for the last 41 years!!



    Also the bootleg World Tour 1978 stuff is simply amazing.
     
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    While photographing the amp and guitars the last few days, this shot, on the bench said ... "Hey! I have a new tune."

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    I got halfway thru Bobs tune and lost interest.
    Enjoyed the piano backing a rhythmic beat poet delivery tho.
    Like the dude, I dig the whole “Brevity” thing.
     
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