I do really love the timber of his voice here.
the song that i first heard from this album is time passes slowly
- somewhere this song popped out like a beacon around the 2nd or 3rd play i had of Biograph. If not for you
i've only liked on compilations (excellent placement on the Australian Masterpieces
if i remember)
hearing now, fresh, on a very clean vinyl the sound
of if not for you
is pretty rewarding...an indicator of what the focus of the album is to be about...but i really think of it as a set -up for the opener:Locusts
the little chirp sound is cute and a bit bizarre. the lyric and melody i love, very hard not to sing along. especially with the way the rest of the band gets behind the chorus. dylan writing solid songs, with solidarity. i'm happy to get in line. i wish everyone did 'pop' this way. easy on the ears, rewarding on the mind, and relatively economical in terms of time and spiritual investment. the drumming and piano dance at the end of this one is really quite delightful....
and the piano on time passes slowly
seems to be a simple harmlessly enjoyable groove, much like i'll be your baby tonight. then he cracks into the refrain and cracks his voice when he's searching for love' and you know it's about a bit more. a beautiful example of the way dylan keeps a song structured around relatively isolated individual little parts (the guitar licks, the drum and piano syncopation, and the brilliant rests and crescendos. i've heard only a few songs surpass how this one ends....went down to see the gypsy
maybe my favorite song on the album...again hard not to sing along too....again great syncopated rhythms...
i love how the momentum starts off like a diddy and builds into an anthem. this is the new/countryside/grown up Dylan's Song to Woody. i also heart any dylan song that mentions minnesota or the north woods...and that 'little minnesota town' is extra priceless...
the opening guitar on winterlude
touches at once the sound that gets pushed further on blood on the tracks and some of the pretty harmonics in Blonde on Blonde. add a dash of Self-Portrait's back up vocals, and you have quite a cuisine!
nearly impossible not to dance along to! this dude thinks it's grand...a perfect candidate for todays live show too!dogs run free
is that him playing piano? holy sh*t he's a good instrumentalist. from talkin' blues to talkin soul/gospel. i'm liking where this is going. a very cool moment in the 2005 shows too! ' to each his own, it's all unknown. ' i think Jimb mentioned how dylanesque this album is, that line alone can sum up dylan's manifest destiny... some are the best moments are after the song begins to fade out. the guitar part is a great stabilizer here...new morning
very surprised about three things: why was this not track 1? why has this not showed up on more compilations? and why has it grown old on me so fast? probably because i included it on too many versions of my wedding CD soundtrack. when i'm in the mood for it, it really makes the day. 'a country mile or two' is a brilliant and subtle line, with the way it's phrased. the 'or two' tossed in there as an aside, like it's not a big distance. this song would be great to hear on a 'such and such' symphony performs the music of bob dylan project. excellent drums and guitar work... again goes out with a bang. he really nails the endings on the songs here! sign on the window
oh wait. maybe the gypsy isn't the best song of the album. maybe this is. it's made most of my 'Dylan: year by year' compilations i've made for people who want a one song sampler from each of his albums...i don't know about these debates about james taylor doing this sort of sound better. i can't think of a performer who touches this as well. paul simon maybe in a very different way - perhaps van. the guitar and bass and beat. yes i hear van approach this domain...'that must be what it's all about...'one more weekend
his voice is most similar here (if it could even be compared) to where he was on blonde on blonde. other than that, a blues throwaway. can't compete with the others of it's grain... great background work from the band though! that piano too....love the guitar solo...
actually after the solo this song approaches the sound occupied by street legal and some of his raunchy eighties albums (raunchy in a good way)man in me
first really exposed to it on the album, but made quite comical in big lebowski. i like the 'man in me doesn't want to be turned into some machine' line. but for the most part it's too catchy and downhill from the la la la opener. i think i'd enjoy dylan la la la ing for 4 minutes just as well (which i do, on wig wam!)...good organ. a little mobilizing, like steppenwolf....
but provides a brilliant segway into Three Angels
- the best lyrics on the album...
dylan can show social angst and not be protesty at the same time. Dylan does soul. quite nicely actually. listening to this album now i hear the roots of much of what he acccomplished on the Christian albums. father of night
i would have no qualms using these lyrics in place of saying grace before dinner or having my kids recite its words before bed time, in lieu of Church.
what's remarkable about this album is how easily it fades into the background (it was one of the first proper albums i owned of his, and now one of the least frequently played) but now having really attended to it, i am a little blown away..., so when brought to center stage, it still can carry the room...