Favorite Dylan Albums

10 Jun

I have a birthday coming up and I emailed two friends (and got information from a third friend’s blog) on their top ten favorite Dylan albums. I am still a freshman in the school of Dylan and so I am relying on the wisdom of the upper classmen. The two friends I emailed gave me a top ten list with some bonus material. The third Dylanite posted a blog about Dylan albums for every mood. Anyway, here are their lists and my next five Dylan purchases. Do you have any suggestions? What are your favorite Dylan albums?

Brian’s Top Ten Dylan Albums
1. Blood On The Tracks (1975)
2. Blonde On Blonde (1966)
3. Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
4. Time Out Of Mind (1997)
5. Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
6. Modern Times (2006)
7. Oh Mercy (1989)
8. Street Legal (1978)
9. Slow Train Coming (1979)
10. Desire (1976)

Bonus(suggested purchase order)
Blood On The Tracks
Live 75
Oh Mercy
Time Out Of Mind
Highway 61 Revisited
The Times They Are A-Changin’

Santosh’s Top Ten Favorite Dylan Albums
1. Freewheelin’
2. Times are a changin’
3. Bringing it all back home
4. Blonde on Blonde
5. Highway 61 Revisited
6. Blood on the Tracks
7. Slow Train Coming
8. Saved
9. Infidels
10. Oh Mercy

Bonus (more favorites)
11. Time Out of Mind
12. Love and Theft
13.Modern Times
14. Live at the Gaslight
AND No Direction Home DVD — directed by Scorcese

Ben’s Dylan album for every mood
When you’re visiting the city: Highway 61 Revisited
When you’re visiting the country: Nashville Skyline

When you’ve just gotten married: Planet Waves
When you’ve just gotten divorced: Blood on the Tracks

When you’re feeling very youthful: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
When you’re feeling very old: “Love and Theft”

When you’re in love with life: New Morning
When you’re sick of life: Time Out of Mind

When you’re dreaming of exotic romances: Desire
When you’ve renounced exotic romances: Down in the Groove

When you’re full of nostalgia: Modern Times
When you’re full of rage: Hard Rain

When you’ve just been born again: Saved
When you’ve just become a pagan: Street-Legal

When you’re feeling smooth: Oh Mercy
When you’re feeling rough and ragged: World Gone Wrong

When you’ve got all the answers: Slow Train Coming
When you’ve got none of the answers: Blonde on Blonde

Based on the recommendations of these three Dylanites, here are my next five Dylan purchases:
1) Blood on the Tracks
2) Bringing It All Back Home
3) Highway 61 Revisited
4) Blonde on Blonde
5) The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan: Made Easy for Guitar (A songbook for hack guitar players like me that just want to play Mr. Tambourine Man for my boys to sing along!)


Posted by on June 10, 2007 in Life


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2 responses to “Favorite Dylan Albums

  1. Santosh

    June 10, 2007 at 7:12 am

    I think you’ll be happy with your selections. Bringing it all back home has the song “It’s alright Ma”, which contains the line “Even the president of the united states sometimes has to stand naked”, which I have always thought is a very interesting line. What is he saying – we are all human? powerful people are also vulnerable?

  2. Derek

    June 11, 2007 at 9:09 am

    I will be adding these to the iPod (via CDs) this summer. There are too many Dylan lines for me to quote. It seems like every song has at least one really good line.

    I don’t know if I have a favorite Dylan line. It just depends on what I am listening to that day.

    Today i was listening to:

    “I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the sea

    Sometimes I turn, there’s someone there, other times it’s only me.

    I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man

    Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand.” Dylan (1981)


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