Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Best Bob Dylan Albums Ever

Cover of "Basement Tapes"Cover of Basement TapesBy Jim A. Byrne

I cannot forget Bob Dylan's famous quote: "I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I'll die like a poet."

True enough, almost all Bob Dylan albums were a reflection of a great poet, as he was one of the first rock artists to infuse social and political commentary into his songs. Most of his music was associated with the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s.

Most Bob Dylan albums include songs that were heavily laden with influence from his exposure to blues, folk and country music.

I have been an ardent Dylan follower for over 30 years since I was introduced to his songs by my music teacher back in grade school. I was instantly hooked to his songs, and found myself spending my evenings listening to his recordings; enraptured by his original, strange and compelling music. If you are a big Dylan fan like me, then you probably are a big fan of these albums, which give a glimpse of his greatness:

1. The Basement Tapes - This is considered as one of Dylan's most influential recordings, and was one of rock and roll's imaginative albums. This album tells a tale, as it all began with Dylan's motorcycle accident back in 1996. Following the incident, he and his band, the Hawkes, began working in a homemade studio in a house basement which they fondly call the "Big Pink." The album was released by Columbia almost 10 years after the songs were laid down.

2. Time Out of Mind - Dylan's 41st album saw him teaming up with multi-instrumentalist and producer Daniel Lanois. The release of this album market a significant moment in his career as this is where he finally discovered a common ground between the folk vibe and blues-rock that he pioneered.

3. Bringing it All Back Home - one of the Bob Dylan Albums that is notable for its 2 sides - acoustic and electric. This album further separated him from his peers in the folk music community, and gave birth to the folk-rock movement.

If you are a Bob Dylan aficionado, then you know too well that there will never be another artist like him - just like there will never be another J.D. Salinger or Woody Allen. In fact, the release of a new Dylan album is an event unto itself. Yes, we are in the midst of greatness.

Jim A. Byrne is a musician and recording artist who has been writing songs for over 30 years. As well as writing songs for his own Folk and Country Blues albums he has written songs with other people including the pop star Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet and Jazz singer Carol Kidd MBE. Visit Jim's website for more tips and to download two of Jim's latest songs for free: http://www.songsbyjimbyrne.com/freemp3music/index.html

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