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Editors’ Notes

Famed impresario John Hammond knew he was onto something when he invited a baby-faced, raw-voiced 20-year-old folk singer to the Columbia recording studios in November of 1961, yet he couldn’t have had any idea just how monumental his choice would be. Bob Dylan hadn’t even been in New York for a full year when he recorded this debut, but his distinctive style — forceful guitar picking, passionate, gruff singing, and mysterious pseudo-hobo persona — had already turned quite a few heads in the Greenwich Village folk scene. Dylan tackles 13 tracks here, 11 of which are urgent, well-executed covers of old blues and folk tunes. Energetic, powerful readings of tracks like Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die,” Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” and the New Orleans traditional “House of the Risin’ Sun” prove that Dylan had immense talent — even without putting pen to paper. However, the two original compositions signaled the arrival of an emerging songwriting genius, one clearly still under the sway of Woody Guthrie: “Talkin’ New York” is a Guthrie-style “talking blues” that displays Dylan’s knack for combining humor and insight, and the poignant, heartfelt “Song to Woody” has an innocence and wonder that would vanish before long.

Customer Reviews

guy who talked about teenagers

im 14 and i love bob dylan. all i listen to is bob dylan, johnny cash, the band, and creedence clearwater revival

Dylan is also a musician's musician

Not only is Bob the lyrical prophet of the 60's, the renegade / recluse of the 70's, and the contiued mystical genius of the folk rock genre, but as demonstrated by this record, he is ONE HELL of a musician! His guitar playing, espcially his finger picking is machine like, his harmonica playing lyrical and dynamic, and his vocals are spot on - timing, pitch and delivery. His is a true master on every level and anything he delivers to the public is purely because that is the statement he WANTS to deliver. Long live the king!

If You Think Bob Dylau S*X

You are a Dum-Bass He is a poet he had a message and he got it across have fun listening to hannah montana... her only goal is to sell records....


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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