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Album Review

If The Times They Are a-Changin' isn't a marked step forward from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, even if it is his first collection of all originals, it's nevertheless a fine collection all the same. It isn't as rich as Freewheelin', and Dylan has tempered his sense of humor considerably, choosing to concentrate on social protests in the style of "Blowin' in the Wind." With the title track, he wrote an anthem that nearly equaled that song, and "With God on Our Side" and "Only a Pawn in Their Game" are nearly as good, while "Ballad of Hollis Brown" and "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" are remarkably skilled re-castings of contemporary tales of injustice. His absurdity is missed, but he makes up for it with the wonderful "One Too Many Mornings" and "Boots of Spanish Leather," two lovely classics. If there are a couple of songs that don't achieve the level of the aforementioned songs, that speaks more to the quality of those songs than the weakness of the remainder of the record. And that's also true of the album itself — yes, it pales next to its predecessor, but it's terrific by any other standard.

Customer Reviews

My High School days.

I was a senior in high school when this album came out. I loved it right away. I don't remember it being so sad, but I was much younger then ... now it rings so true, and the musicianship is much better than I remember. I don't know why the itunes reviewer seems so blasé about this album. It's better than that.


I like this... it's soft and it's brilliant. I'm really impressed. I never really paid attention to Bob Dylan until i heard this. it's a must have.

Powerful Stuff

This album came out well before my time and, as a teen, I never really paid attention to Bob Dylan. I guess I found his delivery to be irritating and not very "smooth". It wasn't until I took a roadtrip with my brothers a few years ago that I first really took the time to listen to the words behind the music. I must admit, I was blown away. Never before had I heard such masterful storytelling and "deep" lyrics. At once sorrowful as well as thought-provoking, this album haunted me long after it ended. I was instantly hooked. I have since listened to a lot more of Mr. Dylan's music, and still consider this my favorite of his albums (followed closely by "Blood on the Tracks"). They just don't make music like this anymore...


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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