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No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (The Bootleg Series Vol. 7)
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Disc 1 covers Dylan's early period, 1959 to 1965, from his last year as a Minnesota high school student through his years as the brilliant young troubadour, master folk singer, people's poet and the voice of protest in America. In 1960, Dylan dropped out of college and moved to New York, where legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie was hospitalized with a rare disease of the nervous system. Dylan visited with his idol regularly in the hospital and performed his signature tune, "This Land Is Your Land," soon after arriving in Manhattan. The CD features the Guthrie anthem, recorded live as well as "Song To Woody." Other outstanding cuts on the first CD include: "Sally Gal," adapted from "Sally Don't You Grieve" by Woody Guthrie, ("Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"), "Masters of War" and "Blowin' in the Wind" - Dylan's own protest songs, and alternate takes of "Don't Think Twice" and "It's All Over Now Baby Blue.Read more ›
Because it sticks to a short time frame, 1959-1966, the tracklist of 30 songs also has time to portray Dylan's growth, from the home recordings that open the first CD to the Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 alternate takes that fill much of disc two. This is probably the most accessible of the Bootleg Series sets for casual fans, but true-blue, have-every-album fans will delight in the varied instrumentation and altered phrasing that pops up in song after song. A welcome addition to the Dylan discography!
The set starts off with "When I Got Troubles," purportedly Dylan's first recording. The song is simple and the sound quality is poor, yet you can hear that even way back in 1959, he was channeling the folk genius of Hank Williams, Leadbelly and his foremost idol, Woody Guthrie. And in his soft moaning and guitar strumming, you can hear the bluesiness that would influence his treasonous switch from acoustic to electric guitar.
Among the unreleased early material, Dylan's interpretation of the traditional up-tempo "Dink's Song" stands out. Folk can sound awfully soporific, but here the requisite repetitiveness is tempered by his heartfelt singing and energetic, almost percussive guitar playing. His infatuation with Guthrie has a strong presence. Besides the charming but relatively forgettable "Song To Woody," Dylan turns Guthrie's socialist anthem "This Land Is Your Land" into a melancholic and cynical ballad. When he sings the famous refrain, "This land was made for you and me," he sounds like an abandoned lover.
Here, Dylan slows down "Blowin' in the Wind" to a crawl, opening with a 50-second harmonica solo that takes away some of the song's initial blow.Read more ›
"No Direction Home," interestingly enough, ends up being Dylan's answer to "The Beatles Anthology"--most of what we get here comes in the form of alternate takes of great album cuts. Disc One features the most new (officially released) titles, including the aforementioned "When I Got Troubles" and 1960's "Rambler, Gambler." Neither song is particularly good, but similar in quality to other first attempts at recording like The Beatles/The Quarrymen's "In Spite of All the Danger" or Elvis Presley's "My Happiness." Dylan's early nod to Woody Guthrie, here, a cover of "This Land is Your Land," shows him hitting his stride. Two early highlights from this disc are "Dink's Song" and "I Was Young When I Left Home," both which show how rhythmically dynamic a guitar player Dylan could be (in addition to being "a poet," he was/is actually a highly underrated guitarist). Arguably the best cut on Disc One is a live performance of "Blowin' in the Wind" that is powerfully sung by the young Dylan. Giving it a run for its money is "Chimes of Freedom," an often overlooked cut from "Another Side of Bob Dylan," which features some of Dylan's most affected vocals. The demo for "Mr. Tambourine Man," with Ramblin' Jack Elliott joining Dylan on vocals, is slightly disappointing, but still fascinating.
Disc Two is also a little underwhelming. It is easy to see why these takes did not end up on the albums they were intended for.Read more ›
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Saw Martin Scorsese Doc and was curious about this to complete may Bob Dylan collection. Very good edition.
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If you have listened to "Highway 61" so many times you can hear it in your sleep, this is the album for you. The outtakes of those songs are positively thrilling. Read morePublished 21 months ago by G. Burke
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Nice edition, nice booklet, according to others Bootleg Series.
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If you are looking for a wonderful cross section of Bob Dylan's songs, this CD is for you. I'm really enjoying the different stages of Dylan's wide musical talent.Published on November 1, 2013 by Jamal M. Najjab