Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bob Dylan Playlist For Beginners: The 20 Dylan Songs You Need To Know

Blowin' In The Wind
Masters Of War
A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
The Times They Are a-Changin'
It Ain't Me Babe
Mr. Tambourine Man
It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
Like A Rolling Stone
Desolation Row
Positively 4th St.
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Visions Of Johanna
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
All Along The Watchtower
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
I Shall Be Released
Forever Young
Tangled Up In Blue

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  1. Could easily name another 20 but felt particularly bad about leaving out: Girl From The North Country, If Not For You, Just Like A Woman, Gates Of Eden, Blind Willie McTell, I Want You, Chimes Of Freedom...

  2. From the latter day period: Jokerman, Cold Irons Bound, Brownsville Girl...the list could go on and on. Sometimes it's the song/album you're listening to at that time and you discover something special pertaining to your current situation that you missed or hadn't paid attention to before. All that said, there's a whole lot to choose from and they need to give this guy an award...oh wait...

    1. Thanks for your input.... I want the blog to be interactive...

  3. "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll", "Quinn The Eskimo", "Just Like A Woman", the four songs that begin "Blood On The Tracks" in sequence: "Tangled Up In Blue", "Simple Twist Of Fate", "You're A Big Girl Now", "Idiot Wind"

  4. "Subterranean Homesick Blues".... still waiting for a hip-hop artist to do a cool cover...

  5. Crucial: Dylan's live set at the Newport Folk Festival, July 25, 1965 with Michael Bloomfield (guitar), Al Kooper (organ), Barry Goldberg (piano), Sam Lay (drums), and Jerome Arnold (bass): "Maggie's Farm", "Like A Rolling Stone", and "Phantom Engineer" ("It Takes A Lot To Laugh")

  6. If you're diving deep into Dylan, you've got to listen to 1988's "The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1" featuring the super-est supergroup of all-time: Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne AKA The Traveling Wilburys. Their lead single, George's "Handle With Care" is great, and Dylan fans should also check out "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" (which really should have been used on "The Sopranos" - "In Jersey everything's legal, as long as you don't get caught"), "Congratulations", "Dirty World", and the bonus track "Like A Ship".

  7. Of special note: January 20, 1968, Dylan & many others, live at the Carnegie Hall Memorial for Woody Guthrie... Dylan played with The Band (The Crackers): "I Ain't Got No Home", "Mrs. Roosevelt", "Grand Coulee Dam". Available on CD. "I Ain't Got No Home" is fantastic!