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In Chronicles, Volume 1, Bob Dylan shares his thoughts on hundreds of songs, artists, poets, and philosphers. He was excited to hear that Amazon.com's music editors have gone through the book, page by page, to pull out some of the most interesting references to songs, albums, and musicians. We've put together these lists by chapter--you'll find links to the other chapters, plus listening recommendations from other musicians, at http://www.amazon.com/musicyoushouldhear.


Bob Dylan's List of Music You Should Hear (Chronicles Edition--Chapter 2, Part A)

The All-Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison

"...transcended all the genres...his stuff mixed all the styles and some that hadn't even been invented yet...sounded like he was singing from an Olympian mountaintop and he meant business...was deadly serious--no pollywog and no fledgling juvenile. There wasn't anything else on the radio like him. I'd listen and wait for another song, but next to Roy the playlist was strictly dullsville...gutless and flabby." (pg. 33)

Classic Garland: Capitol Years 1955-1965

"'The Man That Got Away' by Judy Garland...always did something to me...[She] was from Grand Rapids, Minnesota, a town about twenty miles away from where I was from. Listening to Judy was like listening to the girl next door. She was way before my time, and like the Elton John song says, 'I would have liked to have known you, but I was just a kid.'" (pg. 49)

Get Happy: Harold Arlen Centennial Celebration

"Harold Arlen had written 'The Man That Got Away' and the cosmic 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'...a lot of other popular songs, too...in Harold's songs, I could hear rural blues and folk music. There was an emotional kinship there...I could never escape from [his] bittersweet, lonely intense world." (pg. 49)

RCA Country Legends, Jimmie Rodgers

"My old hometown girlfriend, my Becky Thatcher, had a father who wasn't anything like Judge Thatcher...One of the reasons I liked going there, besides puppy love, was that they had Jimmie Rodgers records, old 78s in the house. I used to sit there mesmerized, listening to the Blue Yodeler, singing, 'I'm a Tennessee hustler, I don't have to work.' I didn't want to have to work, either." (pg. 59)

Rewind / Realization, Johnny Rivers

"Of all the versions of my recorded songs, [Johnny's 'Positively 4th Street'] was my favorite. It was obvious that we were from the same side of town, had been read the same citations...were cut from the same cloth...I liked his version better than mine. I listened to it over and over again. Most of the cover versions of my songs seemed to take them out into left field somewhere, but Rivers's version had the mandate down...It was obvious that life had the same external grip on him as it did on me." (pg. 61)

The Essential Harry Belafonte

"Harry was the best balladeer in the land and everybody knew it. He was a fantastic artist...There never was a performer who crossed so many lines as Harry. Astoundingly and as unbelievable as it might have seemed, I'd be making my professional recording debut with Harry, playing harmonica on one of his albums called 'Midnight Special.' Strangely enough, this was the only one memorable recording date that would stand out in my mind for years to come. Even my own sessions would become lost in abstractions. With Belafonte I felt like I'd become anointed in some kind of way." (pg. 69)

Early Years 1958-62, Mike Seeger

"As for being a folk musician, Mike was the supreme archetype...It's not as if he just played everything well, he played these songs as good as it was possible to play them...What I had to work at, Mike already had in his genes...The thought occurred to me that maybe I'd have to write my own folk songs, ones that Mike didn't know." (pg. 69-71)

The Very Best of Bobby Vee

"Bobby was from Fargo, North Dakota, raised not too far from me...I had hitchhiked out there and talked my way into joining his group as a piano player...we had the same musical history and came from the same place at the same point of time. Bobby had a metallic, edgy tone to his voice and it was as musical as a silver bell, like Buddy Holly's, only deeper...his current song, 'Take Good Care of My Baby,' was as slick as ever." (pg. 79-80)

Breakfast At Tiffany's: Music From The Motion Picture Score
Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely

"My favorite of all the new [pop songs] was 'Moon River.' I could sing that in my sleep. My Huckleberry friend, too, was up there, waiting 'round the bend maybe on 14th Street...I used to play the phenomenal 'Ebb Tide' by Frank Sinatra a lot and it had never failed to fill me with awe...When Frank sang that song, I could hear everything in his voice--death, God and the universe, everything." (pg. 81)

Irish Songs Of Drinking and Rebellion, The Clancey Brothers with Tommy Makem

"I didn't think I was protesting anything any more than I thought that Woody Guthrie songs were...What I was hearing pretty regularly, though, were rebellion songs and those really moved me. The Clancy Brothers--Tom, Paddy and Liam--and their buddy Tommy Makem sang them all the time." (pg. 83)

Ritchie Valens - Greatest Hits

"My grandmother's ancestors had been from Constantinople. As a teenager, I used to sing the Ritchie Valens song 'In a Turkish Town' with the lines in it about the 'mystery Turks and the stars above,' and it seemed to suit me more than 'La Bamba.'" (pg. 93)

Frankie Yankovic and His Yanks' Greatest Hits

"Polka dances always got my blood pumping. That was the first type of loud, live music I'd ever heard." (pg. 93)

The Far East Suite Special Mix, Duke Ellington
Masterpieces By Ellington

"I'd listen to a lot of jazz and bebop records, too...there were a lot of similarities between some kinds of jazz and folk music. 'Tattoo Bride,' 'A Drum Is a Woman,' 'Tourist Point of View' and 'Jump for Joy'--all by Duke Ellington--they sounded like sophisticated folk music." (pg. 94)

Ultimate Dizzy Gillespie
Ken Burns JAZZ Collection: Dizzy Gillespie
Genius of Charlie Parker
Very Best, Thelonious Monk

"If I needed to wake up real quick, I'd put on 'Swing Low Sweet Cadillac' or 'Umbrella Man' by Dizzy Gillespie. 'Hot House' by Charlie Parker was a good record to wake up to...'Ruby, My Dear' by Monk was another one. Monk played at the Blue Note on 3rd Street...I dropped in there once in the afternoon, just to listen--told him that I played folk music up the street. 'We all play folk music,' he said." (pg. 95)


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