Saturday, November 3, 2012

OPINION: This Is The Best Bob Dylan Album, Period

Cover of "World Gone Wrong"
Cover of World Gone Wrong
by Johnny Clark

So, Bob Dylan is the greatest singer songwriter of all time.

He is a poet, a protest singer, the voice of a generation, a painter, a legend. He has sold millions of records, received several awards and continues to release great albums very frequently while touring constantly since 1988.

But which record can be considered as the best bob Dylan album?

This is a difficult question considering the fact that he has released 35 studio albums to date, most of which are considered to be great and that even his weirdest records have sold relatively well.

The singer-songwriter's work can be classified into 3 categories:
  • The great albums (the first and last ones): Bob Dylan (1962), The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963), The Times They Are a-Changin' (1964), Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964), Bringing It All Back Home (1965), Highway 61 Revisited (1965), Blonde on Blonde (1966), John Wesley Harding (1967), Nashville Skyline (1969), Good as I Been to You (1992), World Gone Wrong (1993), Time Out of Mind (1997) Love and Theft (2001), Modern Times (2006), Together Through Life (2009), Christmas in the Heart (2009), Tempest (2012).

  • The seventies: Self Portrait (1970), New Morning (1970), Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), Dylan (1973), Planet Waves (1974), Blood on the Tracks ( 1975), The Basement Tapes (1975), Desire (1976), Street Legal (1978), Slow Train Coming (1979).

  • The eighties: Saved (1980), Shot of Love (1981), Infidels (1983), Empire Burlesque (1985), Knocked Out Loaded (1986), Down in the Groove (1988), Oh Mercy (1989), Under the Red Sky ( 1990).

We could select nominees: his first nine albums, obviously, his most personal album: Blood on the Tracks, his first Christian album: Slow Train Coming, Desire, his most sincere effort: World Gone Wrong, his resurrection album Time Out of Mind, Together Through Life and his latest album: Tempest.

Or sidestep the question and select a greatest hits album.

But the answer is blowing elsewhere. As the singer songwriter said himself, his albums are just recordings of songs at a given time and his real work of art comes to life onstage, where he reshapes his songs constantly. But a live album would only be another recording of songs at another given time.

The correct answer is to be found in the reason why B. Dylan has such a devoted following and why people keep continuing to buy tickets and records. He is a great artist because he keeps reinventing himself restlessly. And his best album is his next.

Bob Dylan is an artist that is always on the move and never repeats himself. This is the key to his longevity and the reason of his success to this day.

If you like Bob Dylan than you might also check out Frans Schuman. His first two albums are guitar and harmonica only tracks. Some are folk songs and some have a different feel. But I think you might like it.

Click here to download a copy of his latest single for free.

Cheers, Johnny Clark.

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