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  • Audio CD (July 19, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000024WJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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1. If Not For You
2. Day Of The Locusts
3. Time Passes Slowly
4. Went To See The Gypsy
5. Winterlude
6. If Dogs Run Free
7. New Morning
8. Sign On The Window
9. One More Weekend
10. The Man In Me
11. Three Angles
12. Father Of Night

Editorial Reviews


By 1970, after his infamous motorcycle accident and a mess of an album called Self-Portrait, Dylan had lost his remarkable consistency, but not his talent. New Morning, a collection of songs that lacks the urgency of the singer's '60s material or the country cohesiveness of Nashville Skyline, is nonetheless rewarding in a laid-back way. Dylan, still affecting his low Johnny Cash imitation, sings strongly on the piano-heavy "Winterlude." "If Not For You and "Time Passes Slowly," which never became signature songs by any means, are two of his most underrated performances. Cocktail jazz piano and Martha Stewart's background scat-singing on "If Dogs Run Free" add to the album's experimental spirit. --Steve Knopper

Customer Reviews

In My opinion, this is Bob Dylan's most underrated album.
M. Scagnelli
New Morning seems mostly like an album from a fallow period and, looked at from that angle, it's really quite good.
Fred Enderby
This is absolutely one of my favorite Dylan albums and a must have!

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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on January 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
At the time of this album's release, the critics and Dylan-obsessed viewed it as another disappointment, another stinging reminder that the Bob Dylan of "The Times They Are a-Changin'" and "Like a Rolling Stone" was gone. It generated rounds of mourning. Sure, it was a little better than the awful "Self-Portrait," and less corny than the baffling "Nashville Skyline," an album in which Dylan was so determined to conceal himself, he literally changed his voice. It had a grittier feel, musically, but it another one of those "love and marriage" albums. That was a genre unto itself back then--a genre lots of more politically minded rock fans despised. First Paul McCartney, then Van Morrison, now, omigod, Bob Dylan, singing songs of domestic contentment like "Sign on the Window."

The release of "Blood on the Tracks" should have caused a re-evaluation of "New Morning," along with its successor, "Planet Waves." In fact, Dylan was battling just as furiously during this period, and writing about it just as candidly, but this was a battle where the stakes were personal--trying to keep his family together in the face of the overwhelming, dehumanizing pressures of the outside world. It is a story that resonates more broadly, perhaps, than his earlier work. And it's a tragic story. With "Skyline" and "Self Portrait," Dylan built a wall to protect his family. In "New Morning," the key songs describe the life he was living behind that wall--with his wife and children, in a somewhat idyllic world that gives him time to muse on "what life's all about." But there's a subtle edge of desperation; he can't quite relax. The tension grows in the next album, "Planet Waves," and then explodes as the relationship is demolished in "Blood on the Tracks.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Hinchcliffe on June 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps the most underrated Dylan album in his catalogue. It's a shame Bob didn't use the piano as his prominent instrument more often. The songs are wonderfully introspective with a blues and traditional southern gospel flair.

"If Not For You" is an excellent love song that is very laid back and welcoming. It should've been a big pop hit. Songs like "Day Of The Locusts", "Time Passes Slowly", and the title track keep up that laid back, southern porch song type of feel with a stripped down rootsy production. "Winterlude", "Sign On The Window", and "The Man In Me" are just downright beautiful songs, showing an unprecedented vulnerablity that predates Blood On The Tracks.

Overall, I think this is an excellent album and one of the best Bob Dylan albums in my mind. It is a unique, soulful Dylan album. Even better than Blood On The Tracks if you ask me.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Torres VINE VOICE on December 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a very different Dylan disc that for some, like myself, thought to be one his most innovative and better departures. The incorporation of piano and organ played by sixties sideman-stalwart Al Cooper and good old country boy Charlie Daniels on electric bass, the background gospel singers and cool jazz scat singing of Maeretha Stewart create a sound that was not your typical Dylan expectation than nor now. I recently bought a copy of this disc on sale to replace my LP, it takes you back to the day when it came out originally but more than that it demonstrates the diversity and depth of Dylan's work. There are a few country introspective songs that are so quaint that they almost come across as corny like "Sign on the Window" but the brilliance strips away any superficial outer layers to reveal simplicity that works. On the other hand "Winterlude" is just a little to quaint for my tastes. The song that has the most originality and hence my favorite is first and foremost the quirky "If Dogs Run Free" that begins with some piano runs and bluesy jazz guitar with Dylan's voice lowered an octave or two, not as sinewy but deeper and stronger coupled with the scat of Maeretha Stwart to create a song for the ages. A close second is "Father of Night" that features really cool background voices but unfortunatly is much too short coming in at only 1:29. "Three Angels" is sublime and at a whole different level; this is the type of song that is the essence of Dylan music. Other good songs include "Went To See The Gypsy and " If Not for You" that finds Dylan in more typical voice and accompanyment. This is one of those dics that can be played over and over again and you never seem to get tired of it but rather just continue singing along with Mr.Zimmerman. Add this to your Dylan collection it is pretty darn good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 1999
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I wrote the previous review. Since then I re-acquired this album on CD and played it on a drive that should have been 30 minutes long. We kept on driving past our original destination because we simply couldn't stop listening to it. My wife and I of us were literally in joyful tears due to the wonderful spirit and musicianship of this record. One could argue that many of Dylan's earlier recordings received much of their acclaim because of the way they pushed the culture forward and showed us how songs could be taken seriously and be expressive of real ideas. Those albums were, in that sense, the hippest of the hip. New Morning plays no such role. But there is nothing else that matches New Morning's joyous (and sometimes sad) spirit. I believe it is as great as any of his other work, and greater in some ways that are consistent with true timelessness.I would not be surprised if it turns out to be Dylan's most-played record in 2070. I strongly suggest you buy it and listen to it 5 times... I remember from when it first came out that it took me several hearings to begin to appreciate it, but that appreciation has become a constant for nearly 30 years now. Buy it and give it a real chance.
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How Can I Tell If I Have A Remaster?
Of all the remasters, this is the only one of which, to the best of my knowledge, is only available in digipack form. Copyright on the back cover and around outer edge of CD label should read "1970, 2009," with catalog number on the spine of 88697 08230 2 matching the UPC code.
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