365 Days of Album Recommendations – Aug 8

Bob Dylan – Another Side of Bob Dylan

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It happens sometimes. You get on a Bob Dylan kick. I’m on a Bob Dylan kick.

Is this Dylan’s funniest album? Possibly. It’s also one of his weirdest, and greatest.

That it could be all that, and still be entirely solo acoustic—all recorded in one single session—is pretty fucking remarkable.

You could pretty much rank the importance of this album entirely by the cover versions of its songs, if you wanted to. It’s almost unbelievable how many classic tracks there are here.

It’s also almost impossible not to read meaning into these lyrics, given how much we know of what was going on in his life at the time:

Go melt back in the night
Everything inside is made of stone
There’s nothing in here moving
An’ anyway I’m not alone
You say you’re looking for someone
Who’ll pick you up each time you fall
To gather flowers constantly
An’ to come each time you call
A lover for your life an’ nothing more
But it ain’t me, babe

But on the other hand, we can just read them, listen to them, and thank God for this man’s songs.


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