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MTV Unplugged (Live)

Bob Dylan

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Following two albums of solo acoustic folk songs, the timing was perfect for Dylan to do a session of MTV Unplugged, the stripped-down television concert series that was reaching its peak in 1994. At the behest of MTV execs, Dylan agreed to perform mostly songs from his ‘60s period. Following the complex and subtle undertones of World Gone Wrong, one can’t escape the feeling that Dylan is just running through the motions of “All Along the Watchtower” and “Like a Rolling Stone” for the benefit of a younger audience. However, there are moments when he shows a renewed connection to this well-worn material. The songs are elevated by a great backing band, led by the rotund upright bass of Tony Garnier. “Tombstone Blues” is properly played as gutsy honky-tonk swing, while “The Time They Are A-Changin’” is given a regal, understated waltz, markedly different from the hurried versions Dylan had grown accustomed to playing in the ‘70s and ‘80s. “Desolation Row” and “With God On Our Side” are given lots of space to breathe, and with the help of Garnier’s bass and Brendan O’Brien’s Hammond organ, Dylan discovers a new home in these old songs.

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"Searchin' High, Searchin' Low!"

.."Searchin' Everywhere I Go..For Dignity!"..The "Unplugged" format has worked well & given a whole new audience to some performers; and here Bob Dylan takes full advantage of it! Assembling what would become the core elements of his "Never-Ending Tour" Band; Bobby pulls out some chestnuts from his Lengthy Library! {The last time I heard the harrowing war ballad "John Brown" was on an old Pete Seeger LP!} If you have ever have had the chance to experience Bob Dylan & his Band "Live"; you should know not to come with any pre-concieved notions or sentimentality! (He wrote "em; so he can slow 'em down or speed 'em up, Eh?) On "MTV-Live", Dylan really "Rocks The House"; check out the interplay between the bass & drums and that organ & guitar; the dynamics rising & falling as befits the lyrics! (I really dig how Bob & the Boys "Stretch Out" on the long numbers; "Rolling Stone"; "God On Our Side" & "Desolation Row"!) At this point, Dylan has been performing these tunes for over 30 years; People; so he can "Tweak "Em Up!" as he sees fit! (I've read how musicians who have played with Bob live have said; "You've got to watch hands for the changes!") To still be able to surprise and keep it fresh: "He not busy being Born is busy Dying!"-Right On!-...by Grimmbo.

Dylan Classics Reborn

As a young, budding Dylan fan, when I first bought the DVD, I was a little turned off by how worn Bob's voice was (and he never had much of a voice anyway.) But as time went on, it really grew on me, and I learned to appreciate the significance of Dylan's works. His use of a fully acoustic band will make Folk purists smile. But my favorite feature of this album is the new inflections he takes on some of his classics. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" and "Like a Rolling Stone," both originally played in the key of G, are now played in E, and it couldn't have fit more perfectly. Both of these songs were performed as beautifully and as passionately as I've ever heard them. The bluesy "John Brown" is another nice piece, and "All Along the Watchtower" is as chilling as ever. In conclusion, while Bob's voice is as raw and nasal as ever, all his songs are performed with inspirational passion. And his band backs him quite beautifully.

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Biography

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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