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Editors’ Notes

After Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson found themselves in the same Malibu neighborhood in 1973, the decision was made to reconvene their camps for a new album and tour. Dylan was more at home with The Band than any other group he ever played with and their synergy brings a rollicking vigor to “On a Night Like This” and “Tough Mama,” a tragic majesty to the suicidal lament “Going, Going, Gone,” and unbridled lust to “Hazel.” It’s impossible to imagine Dylan achieving the sly sweetness of “You Angel You” or the anthemic dram of “Never Say Goodbye” if he didn’t have The Band’s backing. While nothing on here has the ramshackle sense of mischief that made The Basement Tapes a legend, two versions of Dylan’s timeless ballad “Forever Young” show The Band’s limitless imagination when it came to reinterpreting material. Planet Waves is the album that marks Dylan’s transition from young adulthood to middle age, and the presence of The Band only gives this milestone an air of nostalgic grace.

Customer Reviews

Planet Waves

Mad props to The Band on this one. Their distinct sound is evident on every track, except for the finale. Never Say Goodbye is easily one of my favorite Dylan songs. Dirge and Wedding Song while being nearly opposite lyrically, compliment each other on the album magnificently.

Dylan's most underrated album

Dylan and the Band, such a great combo. It's hard to pick favorites here, but "Something There is About You" and "On a Night Like This" are remarkable compositions.

Good Album. Not his best, but you know that.

Good album, has a couple of great songs. I really like "Never Say Goodbye." Was considering it for my wedding song.


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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