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This review is from: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall Concert" (Audio CD)
Okay, let's get one thing straight: acoustic music is such an overdone concept today that a little electricity seems like a novel concept. I imagine that Bob Dylan felt exactly the same way by the mid-60s; not just with the music industry in general, but with his own personal output as well. I mean there is only so much one can do with an acoustic six-string guitar and a harmonica!
If you ask me, acoustic music is for people who have too much time on their hands and need to feel intellectualized. The very early Dylan records are okay, but pale in comparison to Dylan's 1965 and 1966 output. By the time of "Another Side of Bob Dylan" the man was creating personal music that was highly reflective and subjective, rather than the typical, expected folk anthems for tired old hippies.
Surely Dylan felt the hypocrasy and march-in-line mentality behind modern Leftism by 1964, and also realized that the Beatles had more to say than Peter, Paul, & Mary, Joan Bayez, and the Kingston Trio combined. Surely Dylan also has a sense of humor and a fun personality and realized that the principal usage of popular music is to entertain rather than to preach.
Hence this CD: a monumental music barrage of rolk/folk that combined, is worth more than either of its seperate components. True, the Byrds and others had been experimenting with blending folk music with rock & roll before Dylan traded his acoustic guitar for a telecaster and amp, but no one could sing a tune like Dylan.
The two CDs in this set are two sides of a concert tour: disk 1 is the first acoustic set of the concert, while disk 2 is the second half of the show when Dylan emerged with an electric backing rock & roll band behind him.
Personally, the electric set is what made this 1966 tour unique and is the whole reason to even purchase this CD. The first acoustic CD is thus kind of redundant (yet more live acoustic Dylan - like we all haven't heard enough of that!).
For those who will undoubtedly give my controversial review here a negative vote, I say poo! You are living in the stone age and refuse to accept the inevitable march of time - making you the exact opposite of a true individual like Bob Dylan! Indeed, the baby-boomer hippies who try & claim Dylan as their champion are the ones who understand him least. Sell-outs! Dylan's about the trial of the individual, NOT becomming a number in a quasi-democratic mass-generation of voiceless nobodies who all think the same.
Face it, the 60s are as dead as Jacob Marley! The brilliance of this live, electric rock set, [and the dismal state of all modern popular music] is proof of that.