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The neverending tour that is #BD969 now enters the 1990s with a new thread. Backstory: I'm listening to all 969(ish) officially released Bob Dylan songs in chronological(ish) order. If you're just joining us here's an unrolled version of Part 1: 1961-1964: threadreaderapp.com/thread/1097693…
For whatever reason this thread seems to break @threadreaderapp so Part Two: 1965-1969 is itself in two parts. Here's #BD969 Part 2a:
threadreaderapp.com/thread/1101132…
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The #BD969 thread is now being born again right here. In case you missed it, I am listening to all 969(ish) officially released Bob Dylan songs in chronological(ish) order. If you're just joining us, here is an unrolled version of Part One: 1961-1964: threadreaderapp.com/thread/1097693…
For whatever reason this thread seems to break @threadreaderapp so Part Two: 1965-1969 is itself in two parts. Here's #BD969 Part 2a: threadreaderapp.com/thread/1101132…
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My #BD969 project -- every Bob Dylan song in chronological order -- now enters the 1970s, which means it's time for a new thread so we don't get tangled up in... tweets. (The thread is going to better than that)
And here's the unrolled #BD969 Part 2: 1965-1969 threadreaderapp.com/thread/1101132…
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I may not get much argument here, but out in the world if you say that Bob's original of All Along the Watchtower is superior to Hendrix, people think you're nuts. Hendrix is great-Bob himself considers it the definitive version & has played it that way ever since-but no. #BD969
Supposedly these lines originally came earlier in the song before Bob moved them to the end, creating one of the most ominous moments in pop music history. #BD969
When assembling the epic song tournament, I was genuinely surprised that Frankie Lee & Judas Priest did not meet the 7 minute requirement. There's so much packed into it. And I love how little the "moral" clears everything up. I have it on a painting my wife made for me. #BD969
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#BD969 - my song-by-song chronological Bob Dylan project - is moving into the pivotal year of 1965, so I am starting a new thread. Remember, he not busy liking and subscribing is busy dying.
Backstory: I am listening to all 969* officially-released Bob Dylan recordings in chronological order and tweeting about them with #BD969. You can find part one (1961-1964) in easy-ish to read format here:

*actually increased to 973 after I started

threadreaderapp.com/thread/1097693…
Once upon a time I was an English major and delighted in Dylanologists like Michael Gray, whose book Song & Dance Man ferreted out Bob’s influences. I’ve forgotten most of it but this Subterranean Homesick Blues/Robert Browning comparison stick with me. #BD969
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It does seem unfair to start #BD969 with a bunch of songs (from the soundtrack of the Scorsese doc No Direction Home) that would be of no interest to anyone if the person recording them hadn't gone on to become Bob Dylan. But there is something cool going on here.
You can hear teen Dylan develop rapidly in 2 years, from the fumbling effort of When I Got Troubles, to the attempt at creating his signature vocal style in Rambler Gambler. The badly faked emotions of DInk's Song & the better faked ones of I Was Young When I Left Home #BD969
I Was Young has lovely finger picking too. #BD969 vimeo.com/216157949
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