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Dylan's first album comprised entirely of original compositions, the Times They Are A-Changin' is a solemn, often dark album depicting the unrest and discomfiting nature of the times.In many ways it is quintessential early Dylan with traditional protest songs, such as the trademark title track, following on from Freewheelin's 'Blowin' In The Wind', alongside other powerful and cutting songs of social injustice ('Only a Pawn in Their Game', The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll and With God On Our Side.'). Among the topical grimness, however, are some beautiful songs, including 'Boots of Spanish Leather' and 'One Too Many Mornings. 'It is an album reflecting uncertain times, and it is a turning point in his career; his Another Side follow-up a year later would see a much lighter and more humorous Dylan. With some of the most important Dylan songs ever recorded, this is an essential part of any music fan's collection. Columbia. 2005.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009MAP9A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As early as his third album Dylan started showing signs of the changeling artist that we know today. And we all know that he kept on changing and changing throughout the years. In fact, for Dylan the times never stopped changing. It remains true today.

Dylan's previous album from 1963, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan", was funny and rollicking in places. The lighthearted struck a good balance with the morose. 1964 saw a new album with a totally new mood. "The Times They Are A-Changin'" shot wildly to the morose side of the spectrum. It contains mostly down and out stories of tragedy and "world gone wrong" tales. Nothing here inspires laughter or joy. The still very young Dylan weaves lyrics and tunes with the sensibility of one who has "seen it all and is sick of it". Regardless, this album remains one of Dylan's greatest albums, though its darkness may not appeal to everyone.

Dylan does his best Woody Guthrie impersonation on the cover (the photo almost completely mimics an early photo of Guthrie). To get a sense of just how much Dylan looked up to Guthrie, read Dylan's own "Chronicles, Vol. 1". There he speaks about the first time he heard Guthrie's music. He may as well be speaking about the rapture. The experience changed Dylan forever, and had a lasting influence on his music. "The Times Are A-Changin'" represents the pinnacle of that influence. One could almost call it a tribute to Guthrie's legacy (though admittedly Guthrie also had a well developed lighthearted side). Guthrie's own "Dust Bowl Ballads" evokes a similar mood to this album. Both albums take themselves very seriously and succeed incredibly.

This album put Dylan right in the spotlight of the then burgeoning folk-protest music movement.
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Dylan's third album finds him writing songs with a heavily political bent, taking ideas from newspapers and setting them to old and new folk melodies. Though it lacks some of "Freewheeling"s light-hearted moments, "Times" comes across as more mature, often more emotionally moving, and darker. The title track became a Dylan anthem and concert staple. "Ballad Of Hollis Brown" is one of my personal favorites--the folk guitar and brooding story are perfect, with a clever ending. "One Too Many Mornings" is a bit darker on this disc than on Nashville Skyline, but is also folkier. "Boots Of Spanish Leather" is an excellent and touching love song. "Hattie Carrol" is one of Dylan's most famous newspaper songs, and stirs feelings of racism and the fallibility of the justice system. The closer is somber and characteristic of the whole album, but I like the whole thing. Dylan's voice is good (better than on Another Side of Bob Dylan) and the songs fit well together in the album's scheme. This is Dylan's last protest album, and sees Dylan at the top of his protest period. Recommended if you like acoustic folk, and suggested that you take a few listens to let it really sink in!
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I must admit that I'm one of those people that just didn't get Dylan. I liked many of his songs but actually prefered the cover versions to the originals and being more into the music rather than the lyrics, really didn't see what the fuss was about. Well I've gone back and revisited Bob and now I get it, both his folk flavored material and his band oriented works.

On The Times They Are A-Changeing Dylan manages with just acoustic guitar, occasional harmonica and Bob's ragged voice, to make one of his most powerfully emotional albums. Perhaps the darkest of his career, certainly the starkest and it's just beautiful. Beautiful in it's simplicity and beautiful in the directness of the oftimes sad and timeless stories he tells.This is Dylan's most overt protest album, quietly yet powerfully raging against social injustice. Now while I very much like Dylan's band oriented material such as Highway 61 Revisited or Desire or Blonde On Blonde this album, Dylan's third, is a distilled essence of pure Dylan. There arn't any frills or fat, no drums or overdubs. It's just Bob and has become my favorite album by him.
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Bob Dylans The Times They Are A-Changing is what I would call a stepping stone into the full body of his work. Through this album, people unfimilair with Dylans music will get an idea of how politically important he is. In the song "WITH GOD ON OUR SIDE" Dylan examines the irony surrounding the strong belief in God most Americans have and the war-monger mantality this country embodys. "ONLY A PAWN IN THEIR GAME" illuminates the problems surrounding political power and race. "the south politician preeches to the poor white man.. You got more than the blacks ,dont complain.....you're better than them, you've been born with white skin, he explanes... and the negros name is used at his pain, for the politicians gain, as he rises to fame, and the poor white remains on the caboose of the trains, but it aint him to blame, he's only a pawn in their game".........."the poor white man is used in the hands of them all like a tool, he's taught in his schools,from the start by the rules, that the laws are with him, to protect his white skin, to keep up his hate so he never thinks straight, bout the shape that he's in, but it aint him to blame, he's only a pawn in thier game" Knowing that this album was put out in 65' shows just how foward thinking Dylan is. Buy this albus and digest every word, You'll be a better person for it. other great Dylan albums: Desire, Blood on the Tracks, Another side of Bob Dylan, and Bring it all back home.
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