So – following on (belatedly) from the vexed question of whether The Beatles’ White Album could do with a bit of pruning. The equally puzzling (not to say pointless) question of whether Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde would have made a perfectly serviceable single album. Or possibly an EP.
I think there’s something like a consensus that B on B hasn’t stood up as well as Highway 61 as a coherent, self-contained piece of work. Still, everyone (who likes Dylan) has some favourite tracks. Visions of Johanna is sometimes cited as his best lyric. Just Like a Woman was ranked at 232 in a Rolling Stone list of “Greatest Songs of All Time”. Erm… Some of the others are quite good too.
Keepers? Throw-awayers? Do you ever play the thing all the way through any more? Or just pick out the songs you like on iTunes? Or what?
“Bob? Do you ever feel like you’ve got the highway blues?”
There is also – once again – a Youtube playlist of cover versions. I have omitted James Blunt’s version of “I Want You” even though I quite like it myself. What I’ve ended up with is, I think, a bit less varied than the Beatles’ covers. Which probably reflects the original albums. Both rather sprawling but one veering wildly from genre to genre and the other ploughing a straighter furrow. The first makes for more intriguing covers I reckon. I think I prefer the female singers, especially the Black female singers take on the Dylan songs. Maybe you disagree…
Suggestions and links to versions I should have included welcome. I have finished with two different versions of Sad Eyed Lady. Both, in my opinion, better than the original. There, I’ve said it.
Let the apathy commence.