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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
One cool thing about doing this full-immersion #BD969 project is how it sparks connections in my head as the material accumulates. This line from I Pity the Poor Immigrant feels like a darker restatement of the famous line from It's Alright, Ma.
Having declared Bringing It All Back Home to be Dylan's most quotable album, I'm ready to pronounce John Wesley Harding his most aphoristic. #BD969
I never understood how *this* band got its name from the JWH song. According to Wikipedia, they chose the name in 1969 and by the time they recorded their first album in 1974 the band's entire lineup had changed. I assume they originally had a different sound in mind. #BD969 Judas Priest 1984
#B969 ends the 60s w Nashville Skyline. It's a perfect jewel of an album: small but beautiful, simple, flawless, polished to a brilliant shine. I thought this was a universal opinion but I've been reading this (excellent) book as I go & they kinda hate it? amazon.com/Bob-Dylan-Song…
Nashville Skyline is deceptive--gentle but radical. An album of country rock (arguably inventing the genre) love songs with no social significance at the height of Vietnam and hard rock excess. #BD969
I wonder if Bob was bristling at praise. They loved his poetry: dense, allusive, baffling. So he did away with fancy words-to the point of including an instrumental-just to show he could. Like how @joss got tired of hearing that Buffy was so great bc of the snappy dialog. #BD969
And then of course there's Bob's voice. He claims he just stopped smoking but there has to be a lot more to it. If for some reason you don't know Nashville Skyline and you think you know how Dylan sings, here's my favorite track. Stop and listen. #BD969
The duet with Johnny Cash that starts the album is another highlight. I've said I never got into bootleg culture but one thing I did track down (back when that meant more than searching YouTube) was the rest of their session that was never released. #BD969
#BD969 trivia time: That big fella on guitar is none other than Charlie Daniels.
Peggy Day: Between the jazzy sound and the lyrics whose wordplay evokes Night and Day, Day In Day Out (and in a way American Beauty Rose) I wonder if Bob had Frank Sinatra in mind? Apparently he says the Mills Brothers, which is in the ballpark. #BD969
So yeah, Nashville Skyline changed up almost everything. But Bob still loved his double entendres... #BD969
That's a wrap on the 1960s. Moving #BD969 to a new thread. Still to come: the best Dylan album ever. And some... other ones.
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