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Bob Dylan in 1973: moving into the second round of unadulterated genius

By Tony Attwood Forget, if you can, Planet Waves as an album, and look at this collection of songs composed in 1973 in the order they were written.  Once you have, I think you may well find the critics’ views … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan’s Broken Hearts Club: a review of Blood on the Tracks

by Mike Mahone This is a (very slightly) edited version of an article that appeared initially on theHITCH website, and is reprinted here with kind permission of the author. About 12 years ago after a particular night of lamenting about my … Continue reading

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“Tell me” by Bob Dylan; just a sketch that happened to be recorded.

By Tony Attwood There are three “Tell me” songs by Dylan all told Tell Me – which appeared on Bootleg 1-3 and has never been performed by Bob, which was written in 1983 – the subject of this article. Tell … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in 1972. Still not writing much, but what he wrote gave a hint of what might come next…

By Tony Attwood By 1972 we were getting used to Dylan’s stuttering output. 1967 was the last year of the mass production of music of amazing brilliance. 1968 was a year of retreat with a song for a film, delivered … Continue reading

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“Someone’s got a hold of my heart”: why Dylan might have decided to re-write it.

By Tony Attwood I reviewed Tight connection to my heart which appeared on Empire Burlesque quite a while back, but only now as I come to sweeping up all the songs in chronological order that I have not yet looked at, am … Continue reading

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Thief on the Cross: after 3 years of converting the fans this was Dylan’s last gospel song

By Tony Attwood. As far as I can see (and of course I could be wrong on this) “Thief on the Cross” was the very last of the gospel and other religious songs that Dylan wrote and performed.  Many others … Continue reading

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Jesus is the one: Bob Dylan off the rails

by Tony Attwood According to reports on one web site Bob Dylan wrote this song in Oslo, Norway, while touring in 1981. He then performed it eight times while touring… and each time, he used entirely new lyrics. So there … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in 1971 – taking more time out but producing two brilliant songs.

By Tony Attwood This is part of a series of articles each of which summarises Bob’s compositional work during one year.  A list of the articles so far in this series is given at the end of the article.   … Continue reading

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City of Gold: Bob Dylan goes gospel and is found by the Dixie Hummingbirds

by Tony Attwood Although City of Gold hardly gets a mention anywhere in Dylan commentaries, and doesn’t even have its lyrics on the official Dylan site, Dylan still played it 19 times in concert in 1980/81, (it was an encore … Continue reading

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“Let’s keep it between us”: one of the astounding Dylan songs from a bumper year

by Tony Attwood This song about the prejudice that can arise from a mixed-race relationship was a central part of Dylan’s tour in the autumn of 1980 before being offered to Bonnie Raitt, who recorded it 1982.    Thus the … Continue reading

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Dylan in 1970: a stuttering return to song writing.

By Tony Attwood Self Portrait was recorded at various times between April 1969 and March 30, 1970, but according to reports the first recordings of songs that eventually came out on New Morning were also recorded in that final month of the … Continue reading

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Dylan’s “Ain’t gonna go to hell for anybody” and the reason why the song doesn’t appear on Bob’s official site

by Tony Attwood This song does present a conundrum from the outset in that it was played 46 times on tour in 1980 but the official Dylan site has no lyrics for the song – although it has a page … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in 1969: everything is lovely

By Tony Attwood Dylan wrote just one song in 1968 –Lay Lady Lay after having averaged around 18 songs of note and importance a year across the rest of the decade.  It was by any standard a great song, although it … Continue reading

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Dylan’s “Peggy Day”: a simple landscape too good to be true.

by Tony Attwood All musical forms have their own logic, and country music is no exception.  I can say that I don’t like country music, or that I don’t find it inspiring, or that I find its lyrics unappealing, but … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in 1968: as his country pulls itself apart, Dylan takes a year out.

By Tony Attwood In 1968 we have just one Bob Dylan composition Lay Lady Lay and one concert – at Carnegie Hall on 20 January. The full Dylan set list for this one concert, which commemorated the work of Woodie Guthrie consisted … Continue reading

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Dylan in 1967: a year of two (or maybe three) halves.

by Tony Attwood After completing the songs for Blonde on Blonde and composing two or three items in a Glasgow Hotel, Dylan stopped writing.  The most obvious reason was that after the supreme effort of writing Blonde while the band … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in 1966: the creation of a masterpiece, the decline into desperation

by Tony Attwood At the very end of 1965 Dylan began working on Blonde on Blonde, and according to the information that has been provided by various sources, across the early part of 1966 the pattern of work involved him … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in 1965: the overview – the year Dylan invented two totally new forms of music.

By Tony Attwood I have noted earlier in this series that Dylan had, during the early part of the 1960s, developed a range of different themes on which he could write meaningful, telling and beautiful songs.  The whole notion of … Continue reading

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Dylan in 1964: the overview. Adding new themes to the repertoire

By Tony Attwood This article is part of a series in which the  Dylan’s songs, considered in the order in which they were written, are considered as a sequence of writing, in order to see how the themes within his … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan in 1963: the overview. Dylan the storyteller.

By Tony Attwood Dylan exploded onto the music scene as a composer in 1962 writing 20 songs of great accomplishment, most particularly such masterpieces as Blowing in the wind  Hard Rain’s a gonna fall Don’t think twice These three songs … Continue reading

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