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New Morning

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

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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B0012GMUVS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 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 Angels
12. Father of Night

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65 of 75 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leading up to "Blood on the Tracks" 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Under the radar December 31, 2006
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's on the path which led to BLOOD. December 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
When NEW MORNING came out, it was after the wake of the critical and commercial disaster of SELF-PORTRAIT. As I said in my review of SELF-PORTRAIT, there are vestiges of a follow-up (and quite a good one at that) to NASHVILLE SKYLINE. SELF PORTRAIT suffers from an identity crisis, and quite a bad one at that, and some of it seems like a legitimate continuation of the direction Dylan was going and then, because of its excesses, there's a lot that seems like it's Dylan's attempt at throwing his audience and critics a curve ball. One thing should be noted, however. While many have noticed this was released quickly after SELF PORTRAIT, all of this music was cut and in the can before SELF PORTRAIT was ever released, and there is evidence of it being marked for release before the big fiasco of its predecessor.
So what about NEW MORNING? This record just takes Dylan further into the domesticated lifestyle he was living and his music just shows it. Gone are the days of "electricity howls in the bones of her face," and instead we get Elvis send-ups and singing about leaving the kids at home for a weekend and doing jazz send-ups and some poetry set to music ("Three Angels"). While Dylan has always had his poetic flair, he generally fuses his music and his lyrics into a cohesive whole, but here it seems more obvious that it is just a poem.
One thing that truly distinguished NASHVILLE SKYLINE was its very distinctive country feel. JOHN WESLEY HARDING, Dylan's release of 1967, had a very mystical feel to it, and while it had a country flavour, it was not a country album but a different animal altogether which I have never found again. It plays almost like an album about a past which no one in living memory can tell us about and manages to capture it in a mystical setting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars New Morning
New Morning is a different style from what I like about Dylan. A friend was very high on it, but I was misled. Disappointed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by G. Fennimore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record
The record looked and sounded great. It is one of my favorites of Dylan's, and often overlooked in his vast catalogue. Thanks for the prompt delivery!
Published 10 months ago by Brendan Heffernan
4.0 out of 5 stars hey, the harmonica is missing!
Actually I'm not entirely sure the harmonica is missing- maybe it's hidden amongst all the creative piano and gospel vocals. Read more
Published 24 months ago by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Bob Dylan Albums Few Talk About
As I write this Bob Dylan is about to perform with Leon Russel on the Bangor Waterfront. Got me to thinking. Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by Andre S. Grindle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bob Dylan's Best but Very Good Album
Definitely worth the money, "New Morning", "Locusts" and "Man in Me" are great tracks and for these two alone the album is worth it.
Published on August 18, 2010 by M. Chropufka
5.0 out of 5 stars The Locusts Sang Off In The Distance...And They Were Sangin' For Me
I remember the great anticipation I felt as I returned home from the record store with Bob Dylan's latest release in hand. Read more
Published on September 16, 2009 by Shell-Zee
2.0 out of 5 stars WHY ONLY 2 STARS
Why only two stars in a great Bob Dylan CD...

the reason is that the album is not re-remastered, the sound quality is not as good as it could have been if the album had... Read more
Published on February 9, 2009 by Marcelo Da Frota
3.0 out of 5 stars Transitional Dylan
Bob released this album in October of 1970, mere months after the double-LP disaster that was Self Portrait, and I think it could be safely said that this is one of his many albums... Read more
Published on February 1, 2009 by William M. Feagin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dylan
New Morning was quickly recorded after Dylan's previous album (Self-Portrait) was panned by critics. Read more
Published on January 11, 2009 by Eric Gilliland
4.0 out of 5 stars Justt beyond the Nashville Skyline
I was looking for a Dylan album that was similar in mood and music to Nashville Skyline. This meets expectations. My favorite tunes are New Morning and Man in Me. Read more
Published on October 13, 2008 by R-
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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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