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Bob Dylan was simply too restive, too rebellious, and too high-spirited for acoustic folk music. At the same time, he was too articulate and insightful to give it up completely, so, rather than abandon folk, he dragged it with him kicking and screaming into the future. Released in March of 1965, Bringing It All Back Home explodes with excitement, purpose, and curiosity — you can tell that Dylan knew he was onto something. Relying heavily on blues-based structures, the first half rollicks with glee on rockers such as "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "Maggie's Farm," his surging, effortless lyrics taking on a new power in the more robust settings. Meanwhile, the delicate love songs ("She Belongs to Me" and "Love Minus Zero/No Limit") show he still had thecapacity for beauty and tenderness, even when backed by drums and electric guitars. As revelatory as the "electric side" is, the four "folk" tunes are even more extraordinary. With the childlike innocence and wonder of "Mr. Tambourine Man," the dark fear of "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," and the poignant reflection of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," Dylan is at the top of his lyrical game. His words flow gracefully, more enigmatic than ever before, yet somehow more clear-eyed and meaningful too. A true masterpiece, Bringing It All Back Home is one of popular music's most enduring albums.

Customer Reviews

He not busy being born is busy dying.

Bringing It All Back Home is arguably Bob Dylan's greatest record to date, though many would probably side with Highway 61 Revisited simply because it has Like a Rolling Stone. Don't get me wrong, Highway 61... is an amazing album, but, to me, it does not have the depth and diversity of Bringing It..., as it moves him fully into the electric rock world. I am not a Dylan fan who was upset by his move to electric, which is first catalogued here, but the balance of both acoustic and electric on this album gives it even more character. To get to the album itself, there are at least six of Dylan's greatest songs just on this album, with both powerful lyrics and captivating melodies: The upbeat Subterranean Homesick Blues, classics Maggie's Farm, It's All Over Now, Baby, Blue and Mr. Tambourine Man, as well as a deep Love Minus Zero/No Limit, and the moving and poetic It's Alright Ma(I'm Only Bleeding). Bringing It All Back Home showcases Bob Dylan's bewildering abilities to comprise songs which changed the world for the better.

I want the original Album Artwork to show in iTunes.

Sure Dylans great, but I want the original Album Artwork to show in iTunes, not "Bob Dylan The Collection" black background album artwork. The collection artwork is not as interesting and is divorced from the history of the music. Is this just my idiosyncratic problem or do other users see this?

Does anyone here know this not only exists, but is borrowed by everyone after him.

Just another legendary album from Bob Dylan, something that perhaps is expected by Bob Dylan. A thing that people have known for years. But the availability of this online should have a new generation buying this album up. Or at least giving its fair appreciation by those who have treaded this path. I guess I'd call myself between two categories, but enough to know what has put many artists today on the map. It's always great to look back and remember such roots, but it is music, yes, good music at that. To learn something new about issues and music from the old music sure is possible on Dylan's records, and is great for entertainment and thought, rather than just a retrospect nostalgia.


Born: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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