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Nashville Skyline [Original recording remastered]

Bob DylanAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00028HODG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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1. Girl from the North Country
2. Nashville Skyline Rag
3. To Be Alone With You
4. I Threw It All Away
5. Peggy Day
6. Lay Lady Lay
7. One More Night
8. Tell Me That It Isn't True
9. Country Pie
10. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You

Editorial Reviews

Bob continued to amaze and surprise critics as he created a country-rock classic with this 1969 LP (#3). Johnny Cash and Charlie Daniels guest as you hear the hits I Threw It All Away; Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You , and the smash Lay Lady Lay plus One More Night; Nashville Skyline Rag , and more!

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan goes country February 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Nashville Skyline" was released in 1969, a country-rock album before country rock.

It is a warm, pleasant record, not one of Dylan's classic albums, excactly, but a great record by almost any other standard. And the songs are unusually short and tight (all of them clock in at less than four minutes), literate, low-key love songs about as far away from Dylan's usual surreal imagery as you can imagine.

On the quiet, wistful "Girl From The North Country", Dylan duets with one of the few men who can just about match his own reputation is the music business, the late, great Johnny Cash.

And those who are usually turned off by Dylan's nasal whine of a voice should pick up this album right away...he delivers in a much gentler, softer voice, almost a baritone, employing a little bit of the technique of an opera singer to produce a pleasant low croon which threw many listeners for a loop (and enhanced Dylan's AM radio appeal).

Highlights include "I Threw It All Away", the almost Eagles-like "Tell Me That It Isn't True", and of course the classic "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You". That song has been cited more than once as one of Dylan's own personal favorites, a gentle mid-tempo shuffle in traditional country format (a I-IV-V chord progression), and one of Dylan's best and most sensitive vocals. It has been reinterpreted live as a raucous rock song, but this simple original version has so much charm...the song features some wonderful rolling piano and some fluid steel guitar by Pete Drake.

The gently rolling "Lay Lady Lay" is another classic, perhaps the most memorable song here, highlighted by Dylan's "new" voice and a rock n' roll-flavoured bridge with some brief, bluesy guitar licks.

"Nashville Skyline" is not the greatest artistic achievement in Bob Dylan's catalogue, but it is a highly skilled record with several excellent songs at its core. Very enjoyable.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On my short list for a desert island. September 16, 2005
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I love this album! I used to listen to it years ago and rediscovered it recently -- it just holds up incredibly well. The artistry is consistent and of very high quality, and Dylan's voice is atypically rich and melodic. The range of tunes is perfect: from the heartbreakingly beautiful "Lay Lady Lay" (I'm a sucker for pedal steel), the bittersweet "I Threw It all Away" and the lovely "Girl From the North country" sung with Johnny Cash, to the sunny, uptempo "Peggy Day," the tongue-in-cheek "Country Pie," and the sexy and mellow "Tonight I'll be Staying Here with You." The whole CD is totally uplifting -- Thanks, Bob!
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good July 26, 2006
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I've always been a huge Dylan fan, in fact I have most of his albums, but this one I had always kind of held off on, thinking, "Hmm, Dylan doing a pure country album, this might be one to hold off on for a little while." I was absolutely shocked. While the lyrics might not be as profound as Bob's greatest and the music not as groundbreaking, the album is positively infectious. I heard that this was a happy album and always kinda cringed thinking on other disasters that artists had created in "happy" moments. This is far from a disaster, in fact, it is an absolute triumph. Nashville Skyline is as good as country gets and then some. The slower songs, like the haunting remake of "Girl From the North County" with Johnny Cash are touching and the more upbeat and playful songs like "Country Pie" and "Peggy Day" are fun like they should be. The musicianship is superb and Dylan's vocals are smoother than usual. Maybe not top 5 Dylan, but an excellent album, even a classic in my opinion.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually, 6 stars! November 15, 2005
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I may get stoned by Dylan purists for saying this ( or given a "not helpful" vote), but this is my favorite Dylan album...you don't have to think, contemplate, or concentrate...just kick back and enjoy some laid back, simple, memorable music that sticks in your head. How many times have I whistled or sung "I'd love to spend the night with Peggy Day?"...actually, I got in trouble once for singing my own version when I met a lady named Peg Knight and I immediately broke into "I'd love to spend the day with Peggy Knight" Unfortunately, the people around me weren't familiar with the original song...that aside, I love everything about this album, even the "so fitting that they left it in 'is it rolling Bob?'" Dylan sings at the beginning of "To be Alone with You."
This album is totally enjoyable...don't be put off by the "country" label it has been given...this really isn't country! Maybe the little home cookin' "Country Pie" and the almost obligatory country jam "Nashville Skyline Rag" are about as country as this album gets. What it has are some beautiful love songs sung by a crooning Bob Dylan...this is a great, timeless, absolutely enjoyable, easy listening album that I've owned ever since it was released waaaaay back. I'm glad to own this on CD and never hesitate to throw it on for some good uplifting music...notice I haven't even mentioned Johnny Cash; that cut stands on its own as a classic piece of music sung by two guys who liked to dress in black; who have very "unique" singing styles; and who should never have sung a duet together! But somehow, it works! They remind me of two guys who one night were drowning their sorrows and broke into song. This is an album that has no "dead spots"; it's all good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love it , thanks. JM
Published 1 day ago by Coach Javier
5.0 out of 5 stars an american classic
disliked by many at the time it came out: too country then, just as his early rock phase was too electric for the folksters. Read more
Published 2 days ago by heart and soul
5.0 out of 5 stars But no one really does it better, which is surprising
There is nothing challanging here. Nothing political, new, in fact this CD is Dylan at his most MOR. But no one really does it better, which is surprising.
Published 10 days ago by kahoosier
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan's Crossroads
Just when you thought Bob Dylan didn't have enough variety to his volume of work. One of my favorite country albums!
Published 1 month ago by JRL NY
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice change of Dylan!
His best album, grew up listening to it, and at 61,I still enjoy listening to it. Nice song with Johnny cash
Published 4 months ago by janet28
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Dylan's gems!
A nice mellow laid back country inspired affair, Love bopping down the road with this playing in the springtime! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Greg Funk
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best albums that we had on vinyl originally
One of his best albums that we had on vinyl originally. Still a great set of songs that sound as good today as they did a couple decades ago.
Published 5 months ago by Michael Reich
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
One of Dylan's best in my opinion. Recorded when he could still carry a tune. This is replacing the vinyl version I bought years ago
Published 5 months ago by Cal
4.0 out of 5 stars I had an Vinyl Edition of this when it was released years ago...
I read a review about the remastered edition of this CD on Amazon while purchasing another I did Dylan CD for a gift . Read more
Published 6 months ago by Edd Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars An acquired taste of sorts
Bob Dylan has made many 5 start albums. This one falls short in my opinion. I can't put my finger on it, but it is not one of my favorite Dylan albums. An acquired taste.
Published 6 months ago by Re-Cycler
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