Friday, 3 March 2006

Favourite Bob Dylan albums

Bob Dylan has released dozens of albums—and again, I must admit I like all of them. Even the notoriously bad albums like Self Portrait and Empire Burlesque give me a great deal of enjoyment. But there are five albums which, for me, stand out above all the rest. Here are my five favourites:

1. Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
2. Blonde on Blonde (1966)
3. Blood on the Tracks (1975)
4. The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 (1991)
5. Love and Theft (2001)

If we were to include live albums, then of course I’d also be mentioning the incomparable Live 1966—an album that can never be praised highly enough.

8 Comments:

Rory Shiner said...

I'm a big fan of Oh Mercy as an album, and for that reason I really enjoyed the account of the recording of that album in Chronicles Vol I.

kim fabricius said...

Can't fault the five - though I miss Desire.

Ben Myers said...

I agree, Rory, Chronicles is great -- beautifully written, in a wonderfully distinctive American voice. Like you, I'm a big fan of Oh Mercy -- definitely the best album of the 80s. If only Dylan hadn't cut two of the best songs from the album, "Dignity" and "Series of Dreams"!

I also like Desire, Kim, and especially "Isis". But admittedly the album isn't one of my favourites. When I want to hear the Desire songs (which is very often), I usually prefer to listen to live recordings of the Rolling Thunder Revue. I guess, for me, the album is just overshadowed by the sheer demonic power and brilliance of the concert performances of that time. Either way, though, they are great songs.

JOhn Mark said...

What did you think of Slow Train, Saved, and Shot of LOve?

John Mark said...

Sorry, I hadn't read you for a couple of days, and I just saw you have already answered this question.

revdrron said...

There went my music budget! Yesterday I beefed up my Dylan collection by $75.

I’ve been wrestling with my wallet over this for several years now. Thanks for the motivation!

I picked up some real Dylan goodies!

Gotta serve sombody, ron

Ben Myers said...

And it's money well spent, Ron!

C. Stirling Bartholomew said...

I have always been a fan of Bob Dylan's work especially when someone else sings it.

clay

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