An awesome record – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (180 gm Vinyl)

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The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (180 gm Vinyl)

An exact repro of Bob Dylan’s 1963 breakthrough LP in accurate, vintage mono sound, with all-analog mastering from the original master tapes. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, his second album, is filled top to bottom with classics, including “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” “Masters of War” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.”Dylan’s outstanding second album is a tremendous jump from its predecessor. Whereas the debut established him as a peerless interpreter of folk and count

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5 Responses to “An awesome record – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (180 gm Vinyl)”

  1. A. Wolverton says:

    Another record, reviewed by A. Wolverton – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (180 gm Vinyl)
    After his self-titled debut album, Dylan stunned 1963 listeners with his second disc, which opens with three Dylan classics in a row: “Blowin’ in the Wind” is a timeless classic which has been covered countless times by countless artists. 40 years later, its power to convey what’s wrong with the world has not diminished one bit. “Girl From the North Country” remains one of Dylan’s classic love songs. “Masters of War” is a song that will be topical as long as war is waged in any portion of the planet. Two other tunes, “Hard Rain” and “Don’t Think Twice” are among the best songs Dylan ever wrote. Dylan still performs these tunes in concert nearly four decades later. It’s really quite amazing how well these songs hold up after all the years since their initial release. Great songs will always be great. The Dylan of 1963 sought to tell us about the world and what was happening in it as he saw it, but he also wanted us to have a couple of laughs. “Talking World War III Blues” and “I Shall Be Free,” though dated only by the characters named, are still great examples of Dylan’s sharp wit (which, by the way, has not decreased at all in 2002).’Freewheelin” marks the first time Dylan wrote or co-wrote nearly all of the songs on the album. (“Corinna, Corinna” is the lone exception.) The disc is finally being recognized as one of Dylan’s best, alongside ‘Blonde on Blonde’ and ‘Blood on the Tracks.’ It’s about time. Disc Time – 50:06

  2. Randall K. Ventresca says:

    Another record, reviewed by Randall K. Ventresca – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (180 gm Vinyl)
    “Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” offers Bob Dylan’s most superb folk/protest album of them all! This is the album that changed many lives for the better with it’s powerful, provoking lyrics, catchy melodies, with just the right touch of blues tossed together with a witty sense of humor.The album contains classics like “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “Master of War”, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”, “Oxford Town” and “Talkin’ World War 3 Blues”. Every song is great and Bob’s singing and harmonica playing is cleared than at any other time during this artistic period. Bob’s liberalism comes shining through, but he was being quite “politically incorrect” at a time when these views were definately not as accepted as they are today. His other folk/protest albums are great, but this is the best.

  3. P. Nicholas Keppler says:

    Another record, reviewed by P. Nicholas Keppler – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (180 gm Vinyl)
    Even if Bob Dylan had never released another album after his 1963 sophomore effort, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, his place in the history of twentieth century music history would be perfectly secure. The album is an absolutely landmark for folk music.It is not Mr. Dylan’s approach that makes the LP so exciting. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is the sound of a folk singer doing what folk singers have always done: sing to the common people of what is going on across the country. It was the alarming developments going on across the country that was so exciting. The Cuban Missile Crisis had just past, Vietnam was right around the corner, and, as the nuclear arms race escalated, everything seemed as if it could be gone tomorrow. Meanwhile, a new generation was arising, one that would test the uncharted waters of post-WWII society, inherit a world on the brink and decide how the norms must change to meet a tomorrow than never seemed more different than yesterday. It was a brave new world and someone had to sing about it.Mr. Dylan was the first folk artist to show an understanding of the more terrifying and far-reaching changes that were engulfing the world around him. Resounding with a poet’s clear-headed sharpness and folkie’s wide-eyed innocence, dazzling Freewheelin’ songs such as “Masters of War,” “Talkin’ World War III Blues,” “Oxford Town” “I Shall Be Free,” “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” brilliantly recapitulated this fascinating atmosphere. Sometimes Mr. Dylan’s approach was wry and zany. “Talkin’ World War III Blues” is a tongue-in-cheek recount of jaunting across a postapocalyptic city while “I Shall Be Free” places a merry drunk in the world of JFK and air raid drills. Sometimes it was gravely serious. “Blowin’ in the Wind” is an open-hearted pat-on-the-back to troubled denizens of the day while “Masters of War” is perhaps the most scathing insult to callous, warlord politicians ever put into verse. No matter what his tone, no songwriter had a greater grasp on the almost incomprehensible times than the brilliant, young Mr. Dylan. He may not have been the first somewhat politically minded folk-singer but he was the first with the intelligence, skill and bravery to face, head-on, many of the more overwhelming troubles that had recently entered the world. To put it bluntly, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is the sound of folk music entering the second half of the twentieth century.Not every song on album is steeped in revolution, though. An album so densely coated in insight and immensity would boggle the mind so Mr. Dylan treats us to some quaint, more traditionally minded, gems about love and wanderin’ between the heavier songs. “Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance” and “Bob Dylan’s Blues” are easy-going country ramblers while “Girl from the North Country” and “Bob Dylan’s Dream” are sincere, mournful dirges. The greatest of Freewheelin’s personal songs, however, is “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” a shove-off to an former lover that features Mr. Dylan’s seething wit at its best. The songs of the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan sparked a sensation. In the coming years they would be covered countless times, chanted at protest rallies and on street corners and their messages would be incorporated into the values of a new generation. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is the seminal force of folk music entering a new era, stronger than ever.

  4. Mike London says:

    Another record, reviewed by Mike London – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (180 gm Vinyl)
    One of the single most important albums of the 1960s canon of music, THE FREEWHEELIN’ BOB DYLAN, along PLEASE PLEASE ME, introduced that era with a bang. Sure, the decade had been underway since 1960, but with this release we finally get the Dylan that will change the face of popular music. Although the album before this one can be entertaining in spots, no one could guess the genius of this sophomore effort by listening to the first Bob Dylan disc. And what genius it is. It also has a lesson produces nowadays could learn from: you don’t need tons of insturments to produce an effective sound or music. This is just Dylan, a guitar, and a harmonica with the exception of “Corrina, Corrina,” and he makes it work. Boy does he ever. Compositions like “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall,” “Masters of War,” and “Girl of the North Country,” quickly established Dylan as the premier songwriter for the social conscious of the early 1960s, a role Dylan would quickly move away from (just listen to the mid 1960s trilogy of BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME, HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED, and BLONDE ON BLONDE to see how far he left this stuff behind). However, Dylan would never cease to be the premier songwriter of rock and roll, and he is still regarded as the poet laureate of this genre. AMG ranks this as the single most important song collection released in the 1960s. While he did go radically reinvent himself, Dylan never sounded better here, and while he may have come up with music as good as the songs on this album he never made one that surpassed it. We also get the really mean Dylan with “Don’t Think Twice,” though he tells the lover off in such a way as to guise how mean it really is. This album produced many of his most important compositions and signature songs.The central problem with protest albums is they have a tendency to become dated and awkward, but not here. These songs sound just as glorious as when they were first released. Where THE FREEWHEELIN’ BOB DYLAN does sound dated, this effect actually enhances the album, especially on the last cut of the album where he is talking to President Kennedy who was alive at the time. That alone gives the cut an endearing quality. For the just utterly blah, monotonous routine protest albums can be we go to the next album, THE TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN’, and while most of the cuts off that record are certainly worthy additions to the Dylan catalogue (considering the stuff that was being recorded at the time by Dylan, did we really need “With God On Our Side,”) when taken as an entire album THE TIMES wears its listeners out emotionally. That is one album that desperately needed some light-hearted moments like “Eternal Circle” or something to break up the monotony. Sadly, two of the best compositions (“Percy’s Song” and “Lay Down Your Weary Tune,” both available on BIOGRAPH) were left off. Dylan does not make that mistake here. While certainly a protest album, it somehow transcends that and becomes a rather timeless piece of music. When compared to The Beatles’ debut album, the other (much smaller, though to be fair The Beatles were very prolific for only being around seven years) body of work that all mainstream (and other) music is judged by, Dylan had them beat by a long way.For those who are looking for a place to start, this album stands as an excellent introduction to Dylan. It makes more sense to start at the beginning and travel through his albums one by one to trace his artistic evolution. As for myself, I made a CD-R with a lot of the cuts that should have been on the album but weren’t because of time restraints. For the new listener, they should also pick up THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 1-3, and should be one of their top five Dylan purchases. It provides a shadow history of Dylan, and many of his best cuts, including outstanding compositions from this album (most notably “Rambling Gambling Willie,” “Let Me Die In My Footsteps,” and “Talking Bear Mountain,”) were, sadly and inexplicitly, left off…Bottom line: Essential 1960s music. For those young ones out there, the generation previous has some excellent music being wrought in their era… From the looks of the current music scene, we’ll never get another poet like Dylan. Right now, it looks like we won’t even get passable music. What happened?????

  5. abe says:

    Another record, reviewed by abe – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (180 gm Vinyl)
    this album took bob dylan from folk singer to the voice of the 60s.1st off,”blowin in the wind” comes on.thats one of my top 5 favorite dylan songs.then the hits keep on keepin on with,”girl ftom north country”.also a top 5 song,despite ges redo on a later album with johnny cash is way better.a few more then my moms favorite,”a hard rain is gonna fall”.bob dylan really shows off his lyrical symbolism in this one.the great songs keep coming with “dont think twice its alright”-vintage dylan,man.a few songs later theres “corina corina”,a love song.and no one writes a love song like bob dylan.theres 2 silly songs also where hes just playing with words called “bob dylans dream” and “i shall be free”.a top 5 dylan album.

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