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Playlist: Bob Dylan overlooked songs by decade – the 1970s





bob dylan florida april 1976Hidden gems, buried treasures, deep cuts, forgotten or overlooked tracks, these songs have many descriptions. What are they?

Well, to me, it’s a great song that seldom (or never) is on the “best-of” lists of the artist, and it could have/should have been. They are sometimes alternative recordings or “out of print” releases.

I am talking about great songs that are often overlooked. We are talking about personal favorites that you wouldn’t rate among the artists top 20 (maybe), but deserve more praise and recognition than they get. Continue reading Playlist: Bob Dylan overlooked songs by decade – the 1970s

Playlist: Bob Dylan overlooked songs by decade – the 1960s





Bob Dylan recording Highway 61 Revisited in Columbia Studio A New York Summer 1965 Photograph by Don Hunstein
Photo by Don Hunstein

Hidden gems, buried treasures, deep cuts, forgotten or overlooked tracks, these songs have many descriptions. What are they?

Well, to me, it’s a great song that seldom (or never) is on the “best-of” lists of the artist, and it could have/should have been. They are sometimes alternative recordings or “out of print” releases.

I am talking about great songs that are often overlooked. We are talking about personal favorites that you wouldn’t rate among the artists top 20 (maybe), but deserve more praise and recognition than they get. Continue reading Playlist: Bob Dylan overlooked songs by decade – the 1960s

Playlist: Dylan the Weatherman

bob dylan weatherman

Wikipedia:
Weather is the state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy.

Bob Dylan uses the weather both as a metaphor and in a literary sense, he is especially fond of rain and wind.

I’ve choses track that fits the lingo of a weatherman or that makes me think of the weather.

…and before you start, I know it’s silly. It’s a fun exercise and it makes me put songs together in a way that are unusual and sometimes very pleasant combinations.

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Playlist: Bob Dylan Murder Ballads

Painting by Bob Dylan (the New Orleans collection)
Painting by Bob Dylan (the New Orleans collection)

Playlist: Bob Dylan Murder Ballads

“Western settlers found murder and bloodshed fascinating, and composed local ballads. But with printing facilities scarce, many of these items were not published at all while others saw fame only briefly in the columns of the local newspapers. As a result true western ballads of murder—except those about such famous outlaws as Jesse James, Cole Younger, Sam Bass, and their ilk—have been entirely lost, or are known only to the children of those who knew and sang them. These children are now, of course, old men and women. Some of the best examples of western murder ballads will be lost forever when these people die.”
– Olive Burt (Minstrelsy of Murder, 1958)

Murder ballads are a sub-genre of the traditional ballad form, the lyrics of which form a narrative describing the events of a murder or a very tragic event, often including the lead-up and/or aftermath. Sometimes but not always the judgement of innocent people. Traditional ballads are independent from broadsheet ballads insofar as the typical broadsheet form does not use the same formulas or structures and is rooted in a literate society: traditional ballads flourished within non-literate groups within society.

Bob Dylan – Death of Emmet Till:

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Playlist: Bob Dylan sings about Rivers, Oceans and Ships

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Playlist: Bob Dylan sings about Rivers, Oceans and Ships

When I assemble these “mix tapes”/playlists I discover common threads in Bob Dylan’s music, themes I haven’t been aware of. I will explore these recurring themes in Dylan’s songs in my Playlist series.

Bob Dylan often sings about journeys, both physically and metaphorically, today’s playlist is about Rivers, Oceans and Boats.

Bob Dylan sings about Rivers, Oceans and Ships:

Watching the river flow, South Sweden Tour 2009 (click on the picture to start the video):

Other playlists:
Bob Dylan – Songs that could have been movies
Bob Dylan – Songs about real persons
Bob Dylan – Murder ballads
Bob Dylan Shadows in the night track listing and Sinatra Spotify playlist

Bob Dylan “High Water (for Charley Patton)” Irvine, CA August 3, 2013:

– Hallgeir