continued from prior post….
8) 3) WHICH BOB DYLAN ALBUM WERE THEY TALKING ABOUT?
[It] is not only his most satisfying album since “Blonde on Blonde”…but also his most finely honed look at one of the acclaimed songwriter’s favorite themes: romance…. The musical textures…offer his boldest mix in years of his early folk, country and blues influences. In some ways, the album is a hookup with the organ-accented “Blonde on Blonde” sound….But the lyrics continue to be the most important lure. Despite the constant surprises, some things in his music never change, he’s always got something to
say…..Though some of the arrangements…are a touch slick, there’s a haunting, authentic quality on the best tracks that’s suggests…a confident return to the “Blonde on Blonde” mystique.
G) STREET LEGAL
From another review by ROBERT HILBURNin theLos Angeles Times from June 27, 1978.
I thought this was the hardest, mainly because Street Legal seems to be an album you love or hate…and i think the people who love it (count me in) think they are alone, and are surprised when someone else loves it too. Count Robert Hilburn in, in 1978. But clearly, Hilburn was in some ways elevating this album above Blood on The Tracks and Desire at the time. I dont know how you winners got this right, other than process of elimination coupled with “counter-intuitive” thinking, as one of the winners shared with me: if it seemed obvious that this had to be Blood On The Tracks, then it couldn’t be.
8) 4) WHICH BOB DYLAN ALBUM WERE THEY TALKING ABOUT?
Dylan seems to feel no need to respond to the predominant trends in pop music at all. And he is the only major pop artist about whom this can be said….What we are forced to see…is Bob Dylan growing up. In every possible respect. On this album Dylan’s songs are no longer just him, they are separate identities which exist apart from their author. And we see Dylan moving toward an identity of himself as a classical artist, not as just a pop artist…I think we are also beginning to see a Dylan who is prepared more than ever before to accept uncertainty, to give up the search for the finite, a Dylan who no longer feels that each of his songs must tell us everything he knows. He is prepared to look at the pieces of reality, and let the miller tell his tale.
B) JOHN WESLEY HARDING
Form a review by JON LANDAU in Crawdaddy! in May 1968.
Here is where people started getting answers correctly. I think this one became obvious given the album choices.
8) 5) Which BOB DYLAN album were they talking about?
It takes only one listening to realize that [this] is the best album Bob Dylan has made since “The Basement Tapes” …The more I hear the new album…the more I feel that it’s one of the finest records Dylan has ever made. In time, it is possible that it might even be considered his greatest…. Bob Dylan has, at long last, come back into our lives and times, and it is with the most commercial LP he’s ever released…. Bob Dylan once again has something urgent to sing. He’s back in the land of opportunity, fate and inexplicable twists. [This album,] built on an accumulation of reluctant and arduous changes, is the record that’s been a long time coming, with an awesome, sudden stroke of transcendent and cohesive vision. This is what makes it so overwhelming….
H) SLOW TRAIN COMING
From a review by Jann S. Wenner in Rolling StoneSeptember 20. 1979.
A good many people figured that out. Its a pretty amazing review. We include a large part of it in the Catalography book.
8) 6) Which BOB DYLAN album were they talking about?
The intimacy and warmth of the key tracks suggest that this American rock legend enjoys the rare freedom to step away from the expectations and pressure surrounding new collections of his own tunes and simply play music on a more relaxed level…… While [it] lacks the essential quality of a collection of gripping new Dylan tunes, its best moments offer an interesting blueprint of a landmark musician’s own musical heritage.
J) DOWN IN THE GROOVE
Yet another from ROBERT HILBURNin the Los Angeles Times May 29, 1988
(Hilburn had so many interesting Dylan reviews, that if any one reviewer is over-represented in the Catalography, it is him. But I think it was well worth it.
This one was easy enough to figure out given the choices. (I resisted sticking in another curveball choice…Self Portrait maybe?)
8) 7) WHICH BOB DYLAN ALBUM WERE THEY TALKING ABOUT?
He has, in effect, dragged folk music, perhaps by the nape of its neck, into areas it never dreamed exi
sted, and enriched both it and himself a thousandfold by the journey. Now, for the first time, I think, with this album, we have finally progressed out of Then and into Now. With a Minnesota gypsy leading us, we have truly become contemporary….
A) HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
By PAUL NELSON, from Sing Out! in February-March, 1966.
A real classic, that many of you had little problem figuring out.