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Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home
Label: Columbia Records
Release: 1965

Tracklisting:
Subterranean Homesick Blues
She Belongs To Me
Maggie's Farm
Love Minus Zero/No Limit
Outlaw Blues
On the Road Again
Bob Dylan's 115th Dream
Mr. Tambourine Man
Gates of Eden
It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
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Brilliance. Sheer brilliance. This is the "electric" Dylan album, where funnily enough, as George Starostin says, the best songs are acoustic. Not to discount the electric songs - they're mainly outstanding. Of course, everyone knows the opener - the rambling classic "Subterranean Homesick Blues". People might bauk at this one and say that it's "overplayed", but I don't really care about that - it's overplayed for a reason. It's an outstanding song.

Dylan quickly follows this with the light "She Belongs to Me" - another excellent number. The raging, almost drunken "Maggie's Farm" follows, with it's lazy vocal delivery and rhythm, it's another solid piece of rock. "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" is also great, as is "Outlaw Blues". "On the Road Again" is another good number - it's basically a bog-standard 12-bar blues, but delivered well.

Next up is "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream", which is the stoned-out track, beginning with ol' Dylan boy laughing and giggling with his band members. The band then starts playing, and Bob spurts out ridiculous, but interesting lyrics - it's a good-time song to listen to. The only real problem with the first side is a distinct lack of any melody - "Maggie's Farm" and "Subterranean" are undistinguishable until you get to the lyrics, and none of the other songs are that memorable melody-wise, not that it really matters.

None of these openers though, for me, come close to the final four songs that close out the record - all four are definite classics. The first one is the one that everybody knows - the classic "Mr. Tambourine Man". A lovely song - with some incredible lyrics. Fantastic sing-along chorus too. "Gates of Eden" is even better - some great imagery, and totally worthy of it's 5-and a half minute time.

From the outstanding "Gates of Eden", we go to another total Dylan classic - the epic "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)". This song simply doesn't get boring - there's little change in melody or anything in the song, yet it doesn't get old. This is mainly to do with Dylan himself - he may not have any great technical abilities when it comes to voice or anything, but that doesn't matter at all - his voice is incredibly expressive, and he has an outstanding vocal delivery - combine this with some of the best lyrics of the 20th century, and it pulls you in. This song is totally worthy of it's near-eight minute running time - it's absolutely brilliant.

The final song on the record is probably my favourite - "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue". Dylan's vocal delivery is incredibly memorable - you can hear his voice straining as he tries to reach those high notes, and the song has a distinct charm. Another Bob Dylan classic. This all brings the record right up to an extremely high 9 - it's great throughout, although for me, none of the electric songs come close to the final four - still, they're brilliant songs, and they shouldn't
be ignored. Very, very high 9.

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bob's first "electric album" is only electric in taht a few songs have an electric guitar ont hem.

of course, fans said he was judas. but fans are stupid. this album is completely brilliant.

featuring "maggie's farm" and "subterannean homesick blues" or as i like to call it "the best song ever" this album marks an increase in bob's sophistication in arrangement writing.

there's a song about bob dylan landing in america and it's hilarious, even if it's a bit too long.

beautiful ballads round out this damn near perfect album. i never should have sold this.

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