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World Gone Wrong

Bob DylanAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 26, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000029E8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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1. World Gone Wrong
2. Love Henry
3. Ragged And Dirty
4. Blood In My Eyes
5. Broke Down Engine
6. Delia
7. Stack A Lee
8. Two Soldiers
9. Jack-A-Roe
10. Lone Pilgrim

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With his songwriting muse on pause, Bob Dylan spent the mid-'90s recording old folk and blues standards with just himself, a harmonica, and an acoustic guitar. Good As I Been to You was the first effort. For the follow-up, World Gone Wrong, he went even further into the dark night of the soul. His voice aged by road-weary experience and informed by lifelong insight delivers just the right pathos to these tales of lost love and existential blight. Tom Paley, one of the original New Lost City Ramblers, popularized "Love Henry," a symbolic tale of a businessman who loses his soul traveling through the halls of corruption. Dylan delivers it as a funeral march and surrounds it with songs of similar sentiment. A modern acoustic blues classic. --Rob O'Connor

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131 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues Gone Right July 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Aside from the astonishing cover art and photography adorning the liner notes, the power of Dylan's performance here cannot be overstated. Wholly deserving of the 1993 Grammy Award it garnered for Best Traditional Folk Album, the album's austere minimalism makes for as vulnerable an album as Dylan has allowed since Blood on the Tracks (listen for the tapping of Bob's shoe on track 3, for instance). Some critics pan "World Gone Wrong" as yet another morbid example of Dylan's inability to catch up with the times. Yet an attempt at updating his sound is exactly what nearly destroyed his career as he released one unfocused album after another throughout the late '70s and '80s. He's damned if he tries and damned if he doesn't. It seems that Dylan's enormous reputation and many musical masks have polarized his audience, groups of which subscribe to specific and stultifying expectations of what kind of sound Dylan ought to deliver. Yet "World Gone Wrong" further illustrates that the best Dylan records are the ones he records for himself. It is a lonely, paranoid, occasionally brooding and sincere recording, fraught with masterful finger-picking (Ragged & Dirty, Broke Down Engine), some rollicking harmonica (Stackalee) and an absolutely heart-wrenching interpretation of the traditional classic, "Two Soldiers," a rendition that has accompanied me during some of my loneliest hours for years now. In fact, the solitude articulated with these gritty performances is so real and honest that it actually keeps you company. And that, I think, is what good art does: it makes you feel less lonely, less misunderstood. Dylan does that with this release. I can think of no higher praise.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All Right With a World Gone Wrong July 19, 2002
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All those years ago as a school boy in Minnesota, Dylan sat listening to old blues and folk vinyls, playing his guitar and singing along with them. He grew to know them like good friends and became familiar with their essence and soul. He paid special attention to their inflections, timing and feel, so that when he arrived at Greenwich Village and began playing in the coffee houses Dylan had a genuine feel for the music. As he began singing and recording his own songs these songs and artists were part of his secure base, his roots.
In recording World Gone Wrong Bob Dylan decided to do a tribute to his roots by producing an all folk and blues cd. This is a very stripped down and spare cd. We hear only Dylan's nasal voice, guitar and harmonica and that makes a pretty powerful combination. Stripped of all the other instruments and studio finesse one hears how kinetic and emotional these songs can be with Dylan as a performer.
In addition to the Dylan's performances are the liner notes which he writes about each song. They are not to be missed. About the title song World Gone Wrong, Dylan says:
"Strange things are happening like never before, strange things like courage becoming befuddled and nonfundamental, evil charlatans masquerading in pullover vests & tuxedos talking gobbledygook, monstrous pompous superficial pageantry parading down lonely streets on limited access highway."
The songs themselves are of course wonderful things made more intense with Dylan's nasal voice of gravel and gritl which can be alternately tender, harsh, pain filled, caustic and angry. Ragged and Dirty by Willie Brown is about love, working man style. "If I clean up Sweet Mama, can I stay all night with you." Broke Down Engine a Blind Willie McTell song is intense and powerful.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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Dylan said after he recorded his 2 acoustic solo albums (Good As I Been to You and this one), critics wrote him off, saying he was done. He said it make feel so free and alive in a way he hadn't felt like in years. From now on, he could do just what he wanted. When Dylan toured in the 70's and 80's, he did mostly older material, with occasional new songs. On his current tours, he does whatever he wants for the most part, similar to the Grateful Dead and Phish, who did whatever song struck them at the time. While grunge was exploding, Dylan does 2 solo acoustic albums of old folk and blues standards. That's a beautiful thing. Dylan is always at his best when he follow his own voice. The songs here never date. This album is the better of Bob's two 90's folk albums. I'm not dissing Good As I Been to You (which is great), but this one is tighter, scarier, more haunted. The best songs are Stack a Lee, the title track, Two Soldiers (astonishingly beautiful and sad), Jack a Roe, and Blood in My Eyes. The whole album is magnificent. Thanks, Bob...
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob's best album March 14, 2001
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No white man has ever sung the blues like Bob Dylan on this record. A couple of years ago I borrowed a copy of Eric Clapton's "From the Cradle" from a friend, and just had to laugh. Clapton and other English rock stars can play a passable imitation of blues guitar, but, as Muddy Waters once put it: "the white man just cannot vocal like the black man." If Muddy had heard this record, though, he would have changed his mind. "World Gone Wrong" is as good or better than Robert Johnson's recordings. Blasphemy? Listen, and decide for yourself.
If I could take two Dylan records to the proverbial desert island, I would take Highway 61 Revisited and this album - young Bob and old Bob - young Bob went electric in '65 and turned the world upside down - old Bob went acoustic in the '90s and no one noticed or cared. Bob didn't make the cover of Newsweek when this album came out. It was this album, however, that deserved all of the accolades that Time Out of Mind later received. One man, an acoustic guitar, and a harmonica are still more powerful than all of the space-age echo effects in Daniel Lanois's bag of tricks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's good.
I hadn't listened to this when it was released. It's good. I'm glad Bob Dylan spent some time going back to his roots. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael John Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Bob and his guitar
World Gone Wrong is another set of interpreted folk and blues from Dylan. Good As I Been To You might have surprised some, and that he did it again is also a surprise. Read more
Published 8 months ago by T. McCool
4.0 out of 5 stars Spare, acoustic Dylan
We're back to no-frills Dylan in this recording of blues/folk covers. Dylan's voice is suited for blues and he gives a great performance here. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert G. Leroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of the great ol' Days!
Powerful. Beautiful. I just discovered this one, after years of ignoring most Dylan albums post-1975 or so. Read more
Published 12 months ago by dnaden
3.0 out of 5 stars Music
Not real happy with songs, like the old dylan music had to hear the album, now I wish I didnt buy this one
Published 14 months ago by ipad fan
5.0 out of 5 stars back to the roots
Actually, in his previous album a year earlier, "Good as I've been to You," Dylan was back with just his guitar and harmonica and a bunch of old songs, some folk, some blues. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan......a Master of Song !!
I love his music and his moods and most of all the way he just bring everything down to the truth.
Published 17 months ago by Milly
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Gem
Not the typical Dylan album to recommend as being one of his best, but it certainly is one of those records that once it's got under your skin you'll find yourself listening to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Franc
5.0 out of 5 stars World Gone Wrong
Raspy, gravelly, and good. You've got folk, blues, rock...and most importantly, Bob Dylan singing and playing it all. It's from the heart.
Published 19 months ago by Leon Hartwell
5.0 out of 5 stars World Gone Wrong
Classic Dylan, not the best collection of his poetry/songs but still has some real gems. Definitely worth owning. Highly recommended.
Published 21 months ago by J. Humphrey
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