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Dec 27: Bob Dylan released John Wesley Harding in 1967





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I heard the sound that Gordon Lightfoot was getting, with Charlie McCoy and Kenny Buttrey. I’d used Charlie and Kenny both before, and I figured if he could get that sound, I could…. but we couldn’t get it. (Laughs) It was an attempt to get it, but it didn’t come off. We got a different sound… I don’t know what you’d call that… It’s a muffled sound.
~Bob Dylan (to Jann Wenner November 29, 1969)

“I didn’t intentionally come out with some kind of mellow sound……. I would have liked … more steel guitar, more piano. More music … I didn’t sit down and plan that sound.”
~Bob Dylan 1971

This quiet masterpiece, which manages to sound both authoritative and tentative (a mix that gave it a highly contemporary feel), is neither a rock nor a folk album—and certainly isn’t folk-rock. It isn’t categorisable at all.
~Michael Gray (BD Encyclopedia)

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August 3: Stevie Wonder released Innervisions in 1973

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42  year anniversary for my favorite Stevie Wonder album, Innervisions!

Innervisions is the sixteenth album by American musician Stevie Wonder , released August 3, 1973 on Motown Records; a landmark recording of his “classic period”. The nine tracks of Innervisions encompass a wide range of themes and issues: from drug abuse in “Too High,” through social anger in “Living for the City,” to love in the ballads “All in Love is Fair” and “Golden Lady.”

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As with many of Stevie Wonder’s albums the lyrics, composition and production are almost entirely his own work, with the ARP synthesizer used prominently throughout the album. This instrument was a common motif among musicians of the time because of its ability to construct a complete sound environment. Wonder was the first black artist to experiment with this technology on a mass scale, and Innervisions was hugely influential on the subsequent future of commercial black music. He also played all or virtually all instruments on six of the album’s nine tracks, making most of Innervisions a representative one-man band.

From Allmusic (John Bush):

When Stevie Wonder applied his tremendous songwriting talents to the unsettled social morass that was the early ’70s, he produced one of his greatest, most important works, a rich panoply of songs addressing drugs, spirituality, political ethics, the unnecessary perils of urban life, and what looked to be the failure of the ’60s dream — all set within a collection of charts as funky and catchy as any he’d written before. Two of the highlights, “Living for the City” and “Too High,” make an especially deep impression thanks to Stevie’s narrative talents; on the first, an eight-minute mini-epic, he brings a hard-scrabble Mississippi black youth to the city and illustrates, via a brilliant dramatic interlude, what lies in wait for innocents.   … ->Read more

Stevie Wonder – Innervisions – Promo – In Studio Performances and Interview 1973, released just before the album:

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June 5: Lucinda Williams released Essence in 2001

Essence,

I envy the wind
That whispers in your ear
That howls through the winter
That freezes your fingers
That moves through your hair
And cracks your lips
And chills you to the bone
I envy the wind

June 5: Lucinda Williams released Essence in 2001

Essence is Lucinda Williams’ sixth album. It was released in 2001. It is a wonderful album, one of the best albums that year, hell, one of the best albums that decade!

Essence was highly anticipated coming after a three-year gap from her lauded Car Wheels on a Gravel Road and the critical reviews reflect that. Although positive, none rate the album as highly as her breakthrough. Robert Christgau, who raved about Car Wheels, called the album “imperfect” but still praised her artistry saying “[she] is too damn good to deny.” Reviewers noted the difference in tone between the two albums with Rolling Stone citing the “willful intimacy” of the music while Spin contrasted its “halting, spare” presentation with Car Wheels “giddy, verbose” one. In a review posted by Salon the album was called “an emotional mess of a masterpiece”.

Q listed Essence as one of the best 50 albums of 2001. 

Personnel on the album include Tony Garnier and Charlie Sexton, best known as part of Bob Dylan’s live backing band then and now. The album also features session drummer Jim Keltner, another Dylan collaborator.

Fantastic album!

Lucinda Williams – Essence (Live):

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Great Albums articles @ alldylan.com


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Great Albums articles @ alldylan.com

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 warren_zevon-sentimental_hygiene(virgin)  bruce springsteen born to run  the-dirty-south  Kris_Kristofferson-The_Austin_Sessions-Frontal  Bob Dylan slow train
 stage fright  kind-of-blue  The Who - Whos-Next  Jonathan_Wilson-Gentle_Spirit-Frontal  another side of Bob Dylan

 

Here are the posts we’ve created in this category so far…. there are many to come…

1950’s

1960’s

john-lennon-plastic-ono-band van morrison Moondance Elvis Presley On Stage crosby stills nash young- deja vu His+Band+and+The+Street+Choir+s
 The_who_live_at_leeds  WorkingmansDead_Cover  Black-Sabbath-LP-Paranoid-cover  american-beauty  f-i-could-only-remember-my-name
 curtis-mayfield-roots  Who_-_whos_next  Elvis_Country  Aretha Franklin Live At Fillmore West  the_rolling_stones_-_sticky_fingers
 Marvin Gaye - whatsgoing allman brothers fillmore east  Merle Haggard Someday We'll Look Back  Coat of Many Colors_Dolly Parton  PaulSimon-Front

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1980’s

1990’s

2000’s

2010’s

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Mar 01: Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon in 1973

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Mar 01: Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon in 1973

The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by Pink Floyd, released in March 1973. It built on ideas explored in the band’s earlier recordings and live shows, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions that characterised their work following the departure in 1968 of founder member, principal composer, and lyricist, Syd Barrett. The themes on The Dark Side of the Moon include conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Barrett’s deteriorating mental state.

My relationship with Pink Floyd comes in waves, and I must say that Jonathan Wilson and the latest album by The South has rekindled my Pink Floyd interest. The influence by Pink Floyd is so obvious. I just had to go back and listen closer. Two other bricks in the wall (pun intended) was Gov’t Mule and Flaming Lips’s Pink Floyd cover project. Some of my favourite bands love Pink Floyd, there has to be more to them. So, right now I’m on top of the wave, I listen to Pink Floyd a lot.

Classic albums: The making of Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd:

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