- Bob Dylan: "At last I was here, in New York City... I was there to find singers, the ones I'd heard on record--Dave Van Ronk, Peggy Seeger, Ed McCurdy, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, Josh White, the New Lost City Ramblers, Reverend Gary Davis... most of all to find Woody Guthrie." Read more musical excerpts from Chronicles, Vol. 1 on our Music You Should Hear page.
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The overall weakness of Down in the Groove can be traced to a simple source--most of these songs were not written by Bob Dylan. The backup singers on this album just don't seem to suit Dylan, either, lending a strange R&B sound to several tunes. It is interesting to note that the 80s group Full Force (which few people besides me probably remember) performed the backup vocals on "Death is Not the End." All in all, this is really an uninspired album. Although it was my first Dylan CD, I would not recommend this for Dylan newbies. It's not as bad as the critics make it out to be, but its lack of focus and short length (less than 35 minutes) make it a low priority for those trying to build a Bob Dylan CD collection.
Listening to "Down in the Groove" was a revelation, an epiphany! For the first time in my life, my ears were rocked clean of all their deafening wax, and my eyes, blind for so long, were suddenly freed from their scales and I could see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles, oh yeah! (I have since discovered The Who, as well).Read more ›
DOWN IN THE GROOVE is one of the prime examples of how badly Dylan's art had decayed. DOWN bears the dubious distinction as being the worst studio album in Dylan's catalogue. While Columbia's revenge album DYLAN from 1973 is arguably worst, at least Dylan didn't sanction that release. This album, however, is truly the bottom of the barrel. Dylan lost all artistic direction during this era of his career.
Just for a little context, by 1988 a lot of people had lost faith in Dylan. He hadn't released a decent record in years. Critics and fans overall found EB, his album from 1985, guilty of glitzy production and bad, dated arrangements, a consensus that has only grown stronger in the ensuing (though for my money, EB is as good as anything he's recorded post 1975). Critics panned his 1986 album, KNOCKED OUT LOADED, which barely dented the charts . In 1987, he started in a movie that was so bad it was never released stateside ("Hearts of Fire"), though the soundtrack had some decent songs. That same year, he did a notoriously bad tour with the Grateful Dead. Then in 1988, he released this dismal album. Things were looking pretty bleak for the Dylan faithful.Read more ›
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Constantly rated at or near the bottom of Dylan albums along with its companion album "Knocked Out Loaded." It is listenable. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lincoln Duncan
Knocked Out Loaded is often rated by critics and dylan cognoscenti as Dylan's career low point among his studio albums, but it has Brownsville Girl and the likable Under Your Spell... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Iain James Robb
Bob Dylan is both a poet and musician, while many think he was more of a a writer in the early part of career and more musically a tuned in later years. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Edd Anderson
Original cd has terrible sound. Buy the remastered version if you can find it. The only decent songs are Let's Stick Together and Silvio. Read morePublished on July 29, 2014 by Beatleman
This, along with his Xmas and "Dylan" album is probably the bottom of the barrel of his albums released. The album sounds like he phoned it in. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Michael L. Knapp
Throughout his recording career Bob Dylan has released some outstanding albums, "Highway 61 Revisited", "Blonde on Blonde", "Blood On The Tracks", "John Wesley Harding" plus too... Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Janet Chandler