Quick Review (LP): The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan

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The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Columbia; 1963

My Rating: B+

Best Tracks: “Girl From The North Country”, “Masters of War”, “Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright”, “It’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”

This one’s a big deal for a whole lot of reasons, but in my estimation, it’s overrated, at least as an album. Sure, there are some iconic tracks here (“Blowin’ In The Wind”, “It’s A Hard Rain’s…”) and a handful of other great ones, but mixing such choice material with something as trite as “Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance” prevents the record from achieving any sort of classic status. The fact is, Dylan became a “serious” songwriter on this record, but for all of his heart, his grand creative vision hadn’t yet blossomed. He still sounds a little too fresh, a little too tentative, which is understandable, considering he was barely 22 years old when the album was released. While it’s entirely memorable for a classic album cover and the new American hymns herein, Freewheelin’ isn’t a record you need to own as such – get the good stuff and leave the rest.

AMG review
Wikipedia article
52 Weeks of Music review

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