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Knocked Out Loaded [Original recording reissued]

Bob DylanAudio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 2, 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • ASIN: B0012GN2JC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Wanna Ramble
2. They Killed Him
3. Driftin' Too Far from Shore
4. Precious Memories
5. Maybe Someday
6. Brownsville Girl
7. I've Got My Mind Made Up
8. Under Your Spell

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This record came out in the middle of my (approximately) five year "Dylan Absorption Phase" when I was a high school / college student. So I listened to this a lot even if it was pretty lame overall.

The meager highlights here include his lyrical collaboration with Sam Shepard, Brownsville Girl. A very long stream of consciousness reminiscence, the music behind the words is just okay but the lyrics make it pretty magical. This is a good one to listen to through headphones in the dark. Pretty funny that Brownsville Girl was included on Greatest Hits III because I can assure you, in no way was this a hit single. Just a great album track.

The really disappointing thing is that this came out right around the time Dylan was touring with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as his backing band and those were really rocking shows. TP co-wrote one song here (the pretty rockin' and overlooked "Got My Mind Made Up") and the Heartbreakers play on the record a little but to no avail, the results are fairly sterile and boring.

Interestingly, right around this time, The Heartbreakers backed Dylan on a completely forgotten soundtrack single called Band of the Hand from a forgotten action movie of the same name. Band of the Hand rocks like nobody's business and is probably my favorite Dylan song from the 80's. Why it wasn't included on this hodgepodge record is a mystery but perhaps a bigger mystery is why Dylan has never added it to one of his rarities collections like Bootleg Series 1-3.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated July 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album seems to have a very bad reputation among Dylan fans. It is far, far from being his best album, but it does have several notable songs (and one great one), and is actually quite underrated. It obviously wasn't intended to be a cohesive or even a "real" album: it plays like a scattershot, featuring songs from various different recording sessions spread out over a number of years, as well as more than a handful of covers and songs co-written with other people (there are only two songs credited to "Bob Dylan.") The sessions for this album were originally intended to have Dylan recording a set of cover songs. Whatever the original intent, though, Dylan - with this mish-mash setlist and scattershot tracking, not to mention its short running time - clearly just wanted, for whatever reason, to release an album at this time. (Dylan's lack of interest in the project is evident from a story regarding the cover: it's actually the movie poster for some cheap foreign film; some insignificant character - a session player's girlfriend, or the like - just happened to bring it into the studio one day. Dylan, liking it, opted to use it for the cover of the album. When asked about securing the rights for its use, he replied, "Just let 'em sue us.") Such lack of effort in compiling the album may have led to its bad reputation - not to mention its handful of less-than-stellar tracks. One often reads in reviews that this album is Brownsville Girl and 7 tracks of banality. In actual fact, the only track you should skip is the absolutely unstandable They Killed Him. Read more ›
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WE'LL MAKE UP OUR OWN MINDS October 2, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Critics be damned; they never know what they're talking about anyway. Many of them have written about this record in a tone that presumes we all agree it's at or near the nadir of Dylan's output. But I don't agree, and neither do many of my fellow listeners. This is a soulful album, from the opening bass slide of "You Wanna Ramble" to the trailing chorus at the conclusion of "Under Your Spell." The songs (and the odd but intriguing cover as well) conjure desert landscapes and long, wearying journeys of the body and mind. The resolutions of the stories within are usually ambiguous, open-ended or simply unattainable. With much of Dylan's work, it's the spaces between people that help define how they communicate, because they must do so in relation to where they stand; point-of-view is paramount. This record is a good example of how Dylan's best stories feature players who must struggle across barren landscapes to understand themselves and each other. Bob might have changed some of the lyrics to the opening song, I don't know, but I find it interesting that the track includes the line, "What happens tomorrow/ Is on your head, not mine," a bit of foreshadowing since the line is spoken by Burl Ives in the 1960 Western 'The Big Country,' starring Gregory Peck. The band really kicks on this one, and the sound is very similar to what Bob and his band have been achieving on stage in recent years. "They Killed Him" was written by Kris Kristofferson, and I think it's a good song. People object to the use of a children's choir on this track, but it sounds right to me. The way it comes off it sort of reminds me of Tom T. Hall's "100 Children." The message of both songs is simple and direct; and who's going to argue with the sentiments expressed? Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Another for the collection
Not my favourite Dylan album. Some gem tracks however.
Published 4 days ago by Ian Towart
5.0 out of 5 stars Best lp from Dylans 80s era
This is Bob Dylan's best album from the mid point of his career. A lot of back up singers and horns, but the lyrics and the stories are excellent.
Published 8 months ago by Wayne Ogle
3.0 out of 5 stars Brownsville Girl
It;s Ok because it has Brownsville girl, which is a wonderful tale with so-so arrangement. Rest of album is almost unlistenable.
Published 11 months ago by Joseph Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars On Beyond Brownsville Girl: Gregory Peck in a Texas preamble to Dylan...
Brownsville Girl is another Dylan Classic. "Listening" does not explain the Brownsville girl experience. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dan Shanok
2.0 out of 5 stars Not That Loaded
In his long career of putting out some great albums even a genius like Bob Dylan can once in a while put out a clunker. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Janet Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro Dylan at his best/worst
although conventional music critics don't like this album, if you absolutely love dylan, you will get a kick out of this weird excursion into some funk and pop and even reggae... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Living My Life
4.0 out of 5 stars very good album
Since Dylan's music doesn't change that much from decade to decade, critical reaction is all about the words. Read more
Published 16 months ago by bob turnley
5.0 out of 5 stars Yup
Two words: B R O W N S V I L L E G I R L !!!--in my top ten all time favorite Bob songs. The price is worth it for just this single tune!!
Published 22 months ago by Sparkelectric
5.0 out of 5 stars Knocked Out Loaded--Dylan
Classic Dylan—Not his greatest album, however like every one of his albums there are at least a few gems. Highly recommended for those who want a complete collection.
Published 23 months ago by J. Humphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars An Undiscovered Gem
I came here totally expecting to be the only person on the, the only person in the love this album. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Joe Ferreira
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