Quick Review (LP): Bringing It All Back Home by Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home
Columbia; 1965

My Rating: A (95/100)

Best Tracks: "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "She Belongs to Me", "Mr. Tambourine Man", "Gates of Eden", "It’s Alright Ma I’m Only Bleeding", "It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue"

This is Dylan’s first truly great album. Sure, he’d written lots of great songs before now, but this one feels crafted to please from start to finish.

NOTES:

– From the outset this sounds fresh and revolutionary.
– The lead guitar throught is excellent.
– The bridge album from his early folk style to his surrealistic Americana.
– All in all, this is a great album full of funny, colorful, thick songs and exceptional playing. There is a dream-like quality throughout.
– "115th Dream" is a lyrical trip.
– "It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue" is one of my all time favorite tracks, because it is a break-up song that puts the end of the relationship in apocalyptic terms. Also, I like the noodly guitar that sort of haunts the background of the track. It’s flourishes like these that are signs of what was to come from Dylan over the next several years, both in his solo work and in his collaborations with The Band.
– This is perhaps Dylan’s Rubber Soul or maybe even his Revolver. That is, it’s a bit overlooked, but arguably one of the greatest records of the 60’s. It marks a turning point in music history for sure, and as for personal preference, this begins my favorite Dylan period.
Erlewine of Allmusic makes a good point that the whole Dylan going electric thing makes for good film footage of angry fans, but as an artistic marker, it is overplayed: “…it’s not just that he went electric, either, rocking hard on "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Maggie’s Farm," and "Outlaw Blues"; it’s that he’s exploding with imagination throughout the record. After all, the music on its second side — the nominal folk songs — derive from the same vantage point as the rockers, leaving traditional folk concerns behind and delving deep into the personal.”

ATTRIBUTES:
Cohesion (4.5/5)
Concept (5/5)
Consistency (4.5/5)
Consequence (5/5)
Songs (5/5)

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The Beatles: Revolver (1966)

REVOLVER came out 13 years before I was born, and I only discovered it in 2000 or so,
when I was really learning alot about The Beatles. Now I would not call myself a
Beatles fanatic. I recognize the universality of their appeal, I concede that they
have written innumerable fantastic and classic tracks, but I know people who WORSHIP
The Beatles, and I am not one of them. REVOLVER, though, is just brilliant through and
through. I mean, I can’t believe the way John Lennon was writing guitar riffs in 1966.
“She Said, She Said,” “And Your Bird Can Sing?” Shred. They cover most of the ground
they would later take 30 tracks to hit in 14 here, from sad and elegaic (“Eleanor
Rigby”) to lethargic (“I’m Only Sleeping”) to avant-rock (“Tomorrow Never Knows”), and
the quality is so high throughout that there is no denying this is the greatest album
of their career, and probably in the top 10 of all time. This one should be taught in
schools.
1. Taxman (5/5)
2. Eleanor Rigby (5/5)
3. I’m Only Sleeping (5/5)
4. Love You To (5/5)
5. Here, There, and Everywhere (5/5)
6. Yellow Submarine (5/5)
7. She Said She Said (5/5)
8. Good Day Sunshine (5/5)
9. And Your Bird Can Sing (5/5)
10. For No One (5/5)
11. Doctor Robert (5/5)
12. I Want To Tell You (5/5)
13. Got To Get You Into My Life (5/5)
14. Tomorrow Never Knows (5/5)THE BEATLES – REVOLVER
MY RATING: 100/100
REVOLVER came out 13 years before I was born, and I only discovered it in 2000 or so, when I was really learning alot about The Beatles. Now I would not call myself a Beatles fanatic. I recognize the universality of their appeal, I concede that they have written innumerable fantastic and classic tracks, but I know people who WORSHIP The Beatles, and I am not one of them. REVOLVER, though, is just brilliant through and through. I mean, I can’t believe the way John Lennon was writing guitar riffs in 1966. “She Said, She Said,” “And Your Bird Can Sing?” Shred. They cover most of the ground they would later take 30 tracks to hit in 14 here, from sad and elegaic (“Eleanor Rigby”) to lethargic (“I’m Only Sleeping”) to avant-rock (“Tomorrow Never Knows”), and the quality is so high throughout that there is no denying this is the greatest album of their career, and probably in the top 10 of all time. This one should be taught in schools.
1. Taxman (5/5)
2. Eleanor Rigby (5/5)
3. I’m Only Sleeping (5/5)
4. Love You To (5/5)
5. Here, There, and Everywhere (5/5)
6. Yellow Submarine (5/5)
7. She Said She Said (5/5)
8. Good Day Sunshine (5/5)
9. And Your Bird Can Sing (5/5)
10. For No One (5/5)
11. Doctor Robert (5/5)
12. I Want To Tell You (5/5)
13. Got To Get You Into My Life (5/5)
14. Tomorrow Never Knows (5/5)REVOLVER came out 13 years before I was born, and I only discovered it in 2000 or so, when I was really learning alot about The Beatles. Now I would not call myself a Beatles fanatic. I recognize the universality of their appeal, I concede that they have written innumerable fantastic and classic tracks, but I know people who WORSHIP The Beatles, and I am not one of them. REVOLVER, though, is just brilliant through and through. I mean, I can’t believe the way John Lennon was writing guitar riffs in 1966. “She Said, She Said,” “And Your Bird Can Sing?” Shred. They cover most of the ground they would later take 30 tracks to hit in 14 here, from sad and elegaic (“Eleanor Rigby”) to lethargic (“I’m Only Sleeping”) to avant-rock (“Tomorrow Never Knows”), and the quality is so high throughout that there is no denying this is the greatest album of their career, and probably in the top 10 of all time. This one should be taught in schools.
1. Taxman (5/5)
2. Eleanor Rigby (5/5)
3. I’m Only Sleeping (5/5)
4. Love You To (5/5)
5. Here, There, and Everywhere (5/5)
6. Yellow Submarine (5/5)
7. She Said She Said (5/5)
8. Good Day Sunshine (5/5)
9. And Your Bird Can Sing (5/5)
10. For No One (5/5)
11. Doctor Robert (5/5)
12. I Want To Tell You (5/5)
13. Got To Get You Into My Life (5/5)
14. Tomorrow Never Knows (5/5)
revolverThe Beatles
Revolver; 1966
Capitol Records/EMI

My Rating: 100/100

REVOLVER came out 13 years before I was born, and I only discovered it in 2000 or so, when I was really learning alot about The Beatles. Now I wouldn’t call myself a Beatles fanatic. I recognize the universality of their appeal, I concede that they have written innumerable fantastic and classic tracks, but I know people who worship The Beatles, and I am not one of them. REVOLVER, though, is just brilliant through and through. I mean, I can’t believe the way John Lennon was writing guitar riffs in 1966. “She Said, She Said,” “And Your Bird Can Sing?” Shred. They cover most of the ground they would later take 30 tracks to hit in 14 here, from sad and elegaic (“Eleanor Rigby”) to lethargic (“I’m Only Sleeping”) to avant-rock (“Tomorrow Never Knows”), and the quality is so high throughout that there is no denying this is the greatest album of their career, and probably in the top 10 of all time. Canonical. This one should be taught in schools.

TRACKS:

1. Taxman (5/5)
2. Eleanor Rigby (5/5)
3. I’m Only Sleeping (5/5)
4. Love You To (5/5)
5. Here, There, and Everywhere (5/5)
6. Yellow Submarine (5/5)
7. She Said She Said (5/5)
8. Good Day Sunshine (5/5)
9. And Your Bird Can Sing (5/5)
10. For No One (5/5)
11. Doctor Robert (5/5)
12. I Want To Tell You (5/5)
13. Got To Get You Into My Life (5/5)
14. Tomorrow Never Knows (5/5)