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The Times They Are a-Changin' [Original recording remastered]

Bob DylanAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009MAP9A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They haven't stopped changing... September 23, 2005
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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A darker side of Bob Dylan January 10, 2007
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes simple is better, a powerful album April 6, 2007
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb sounding remaster August 28, 2005
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The audio quality of this CD easily beats the previous champ, the vinyl Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs 1/2 speed master. It mops up the floor with the standard CD issue and discards the filth in the wastebasket. It has nothing to do with being "louder" as one hapless reviewer states. The original CD was pinched, colored, and distressed.

"The Times They Are A-Changin'" is classic Dylan of course and little need be said about the superb quality of the performances and the songs.

This CD also contains a few previously unpublished photos from the recording sessions.

Although the booklet doesn't say so, I believe this was DSD mastered. Steve Berkowitz, also uncredited on this remaster, is in charge of the overall remastering of Dylan's catalog. He deserves a lot of thanks.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars With God on our side April 4, 2007
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This album was originally released in 1964 and the messages are as true today as they were then. The third title in this album, "With God on our side", was never included on any of the Greatest Hits releases, and its only other release was in a 1995 live album. It is sad to note that the civil rights activism and anti war passions of the 60's do not exist today. Everyone needs to listen to this song especially the political leaders of the world. The last verse of the song is the most memorable:

"So now as I'm Leavin'

I'm weary as Hell

The confusion I'm feelin'

Ain't no tongue can tell

The words fill my head

And fall to the floor

If God's on our side

He'll stop the next war"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Times They Are A-Cangin'
I have an original copy of this title on a long playing record. This CD is better than the record, and I can again listen to the poetry of Dylan. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Michael C.
5.0 out of 5 stars First Dylan LP I ever bought, and of the 20 I've heard, still my...
Back in the summer of '63 or '64, I brought this home from the music department of the department store I worked in part-time, and I felt like a dangerous communist radical... Read more
Published 2 months ago by William E. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob dylan
Perhaps a person has to be from this era to appreciate this CD. It took me back to a way different time in my life, mostly good times, funny how that works in one's mind
Published 3 months ago by Nanci F
4.0 out of 5 stars BOB DYLAN!
Not much more needs to be said when you mention BOB DYLAN, he has such a way with words and phrases.
Published 3 months ago by Nathan Frisby
5.0 out of 5 stars great vintage dylan
Was the true Dylan. The pre electric with a message in every song . Times are a changing is timeless, as will be the album
Published 6 months ago by Ronald E. Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan jams
This is my favorite hits CD of Dylan's, bar none. The songs are sung with great annunciation from yesteryear. These I remember.
Recommended to everyone...
Published 6 months ago by LO
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Changing, Always Moving On
My father told me he was disappointed in "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and when I asked why, he said that it wasn't nearly as good as "Freewheelin. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stephanie Sane
5.0 out of 5 stars just great
excellent album. I do not know what else to say, this is some of my all time favorite music by Dylan
Published 10 months ago by bacon
4.0 out of 5 stars good voice
I would tell any one to listen to this one it was great. Took me back a few years it did
Published 14 months ago by mary saurwein
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!!
I would definitely call this one of the greatest albums of the 60's and even all time! I like this one better than "Freewheelin'" and "Another Side" - all songs are great but the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by dylanfan1235
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