One More Cup of Coffee: Bob Dylan

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  1. Hedley Says:

    Bob and Emmylou – loved this period with Desire, Blood on the Tracks and Street Legal.

    Mrs MDH and I were discussing yesterday how some once much loved artists who still issue new music have faded from our play rotation specifically Bruce and Neil and how others sustain, including Van and Bob.

    My buying habits would be to always buy the new album of a specific artist until they were no longer interesting which theoretically meant that I bought 2 or 3 discs too many

    Maybe Blood on the Tracks is better than Desire than Street Legal

    • katry Says:

      I think Blood on the Tracks is one of his good albums, better than many, and I also think it gets short shrift. I suspect most people would not be able to name a track from it.

      I buy far fewer music than I did, very few albums. Even though I load them in my music file they still physically exist and need space I no longer have. Buying direct downloads is now becoming the usually for me.

      You buy quite a few albums, some of which I know nothing about-you are so knowledgeable.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat I would argue that Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts was the greatest long plot song that Dylan ever did. You can listen to it over and over and still not be quite sure how the characters fitted.

        Yup, I buy a lot of physical music and very little download. My house and stuff is geared to delivery of sound from CD

      • katry Says:

        In my dream house, I would have the same set-up plus a theater and a pantry: They are all I am missing.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Desire is my most listened Dylan album over the decades, especially while driving. The cars are gone but the music stays. It’s like listening to a good old friend.

    • Hedley Says:

      I think Blood on the Tracks is probably superior but Isis and Hurricane are enormous from Desire – Could argue the same for Changing of the Guard from Street Legal. Really a great time for Dylan.

    • katry Says:

      I love this time in Dylan’s music. The early stuff got me in and this stuff got my admiration even more.

  3. Kat & MDH,

    I’m also in agreement with you about ‘Blood on the Tracks’, Desire and Street Legal. (Hedley; I’ve always loved ‘Changing of the Guards.’)

    Another favourite from ‘Blood on the Tracks’ is the lovely ‘If You See Her, Say Hello’, a poignant song of regret that I suppose was written for Suze Rotolo.


    • katry Says:

      I have every Dylan album, even the ones which I didn’t like all that much. Blood on the Tracks stands out and is among my favorites.

      Posting this song reminded me I haven’t heard Dylan in quite a while. It’s probably time for a Dylan fest!

      Thanks for the added reminder.

    • Hedley Says:

      Marie, I have been waiting for the Bootleg series to get to the Born Again music specifically the Massey Hall concert which was much traded. Kat, I didn’t buy Son of Self Portrait

      • katry Says:

        I didn’t realize it had been released last summer so I don’t have it either. I have the bootlegs 1-9.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat – so go ahead and buy it and let me know how I really shouldn’t miss it and stuff

      • katry Says:

        It has 4 cd’s, the last being a re-master of Self-Portrait. The others are re-masters of songs from a variety of albums.

  4. Cuidado Says:

    I agree. Time for a Dylanfest.

  5. Peter Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Regarding Another Self Portrait,
    All the real jems are in the 2 CD set, you don’t really need the other two and it’s less expensive – normal CD price.
    It is worth it and shows what Dylan was really after – before all the shlock embellishments were added. It has some of the work done with the Band and George Harrison as well.
    Tempest has some great songs too.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Peter,
      Thanks for letting me know as I was going to get the whole set, and I love saving the money for something else. I’m off to Amazon!

  6. Peter Says:

    —Oh, don’t forget the earlier “covers” CD (tape at the time) Good s I Been To You, with “Arthur McBride”, “Blackjack Davy”, “Froggie Goes A Courtin'”, etc.
    Dylan was exploring, “getting his groove back” and having fun.
    He even did “This Old Man” on another CD collection of children’s songs….great fun.

    • katry Says:

      I haven’t listened to that album in forever, but I have Arthur McBride playing now. Thanks for the reminder!

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