Tuesday, December 29

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)

"It's hard to overestimate the importance of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, the record that firmly established Dylan as an unparalleled songwriter, one of considerable skill, imagination, and vision. At the time, folk had been quite popular on college campuses and bohemian circles, making headway onto the pop charts in diluted form, and while there certainly were a number of gifted songwriters, nobody had transcended the scene as Dylan did with this record. ... This is rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America as much as that of Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, or Elvis Presley. Dylan, in many ways, recorded music that equaled this, but he never topped it."
W - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
The Atlantic: Bob Dylan and John Lennon's Weird, One-Sided Relationship
Telegraph: Touring Bob Dylan's New York
Guardian: Suze Rotolo obituary
YouTube: Girl From The North Country (Freewheelin' Alternate Take 1963), A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (Freewheelin' Alternate Take 1963), Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (The Gaslight Cafe 1962), Let Me Die In My Footsteps (Finjan Club 1962), Talkin' John Birch Society Blues (Mono Master Rare Recalled Early Pressing 1962), Bob Dylan's Dream (Freewheelin' Alternate Take 1963), I Shall Be Free (Freewheelin' Alternate Take 1962 - Take 5), Ballad Of Hollis Brown (Freewheelin' Outtake 1962 - Take 2), Blowin' In The Wind (Freewheelin' Alternate Take 1962 - Take 1), Rocks And Gravel (Freewheelin' Outtake 1962 - Acoustic Take 3), Corrina Corrina (Freewheelin' Alternate Take 1962 - Acoustic Take 1)