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When searching for great art in the music scene, one finds a true master in Bob Dylan. The Times They Are a-Changin' is the third studio album in what will go on to be a truly prolific collection. Written during mid to late it was recorded under the guidance of Tom Wilson for Columbia and released to the world on the 13th of January, — making for one hell of a new year. The album wants for nothing lyrically or stylistically; packed to the gills with blood boiling criticism of societies shortcoming, pointing the finger squarely at an unjust ruling class- just sharpening their knives for the military industrial feast they are about to unleash on the world.
The Album kicks of with its title song The Times They Are a-Changin' which needs no introduction, it became the rallying tune of a movement bent on changing the world for the better, and serves as the simple but poignant start of the journey that one takes with this album.
We move on to Ballad of Hollis Brown a goose bump inspiring rendition of tragedy in Eb Minor, the lingering Appalachian blues haunt the listener throughout, opening ones eyes wider to the albums theme. We then move on to the criticism of American exceptionalism manifest by the folky Irish vibes of With God on Our Side set to the tune of The Merry Month of May, and perhaps more than a little inspired by the lyrical work of Dominic Behan's Patriot Game; before sliding into what seems like a repeat of the opening track, as familiar chord structure eases the listener into One too Many Mornings.
The fifth song and final track of the opening side of the LP is where things really get glorious- North Country Blues with its ABCB simplicity rolls us across the Mesabi Ranges of Dylan's childhood, personifying the woe-begotten tale of the American steel industry through its female narrator, it is Dylan at his best. On the flip side of the LP things begin with a return to the boil over in society, as Medgar Evers is remembered, and the bourgeoisies criticised for their manipulation of everyone riding 'the caboose of the train' in Only a Pawn In Their Game.
The musical styling of the album steps into a slightly more complex realm in the next song Boots of Spanish Leather an ode to Raggle-Taggle Gypsy this love tale of the open seas sets the listeners mind on a journey, it is beyond beautiful: it's a sunset, it's the northern lights, it's as near perfect as music gets.
The nautical inspired theme continues onto the next track When the Ship Comes In, this sister song was said to have been penned in a moment of fury after Dylan was denied entry to a hotel because he looked like a vagabond needing Joan Baez to vouch for him before he could take a room, we should all thank that uptight hotel clerk.
With the album winding down we move onto a song as tragic as it is amazing, 'I took it out of a newspaper and changed the words' said Bob Dylan of this tale of racism and injustice at the hands of Billy Zatzinger, a man who took the life of the songs namesake in The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll and only served 6 months for his crime, his villainy appropriately immortalized by Dylan.
Three weeks to the day after Kennedy's assassination, the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee gave Dylan their annual Tom Paine award for his contribution to the civil rights movement. Dylan gave an acceptance speech at the awards ceremony held at Hotel Americana in New York. I want to accept it in my name but I'm not really accepting it in my name and I'm not accepting it in any kind of group's name, any Negro group or any other kind of group. There are Negroes - I was on the march on Washington up on the platform and I looked around at all the Negroes there and I didn't see any Negroes that looked like none of my friends.
My friends don't wear suits. My friends don't have to wear suits. My friends don't have to wear any kind of thing to prove that they're respectable Negroes. My friends are my friends, and they're kind, gentle people if they're my friends. And I'm not going to try to push nothing over.
So, I accept this reward - not reward, Laughter award in behalf of Phillip Luce who led the group to Cuba which all people should go down to Cuba. I don't see why anybody can't go to Cuba. I don't see what's going to hurt by going any place.
I don't know what's going to hurt anybody's eyes to see anything. On the other hand, Phillip is a friend of mine who went to Cuba. I'll stand up and to get uncompromisable about it, which I have to be to be honest, I just got to be, as I got to admit that the man who shot President Kennedy, Lee Oswald, I don't know exactly where … what he thought he was doing, but I got to admit honestly that I too - I saw some of myself in him.
I don't think it would have gone - I don't think it could go that far. But I got to stand up and say I saw things that he felt, in me - not to go that far and shoot. Boos and hisses You can boo but booing's got nothing to do with it.
Clinton Heylin wrote: "in less than six months [Dylan] had turned full circle from the protest singer who baited Paul Nelson into someone determined to write only songs that 'speak for me' … Dylan's ambitions as a writer for the page … may have been further fed at the end of December when he met renowned beat poet Allen Ginsberg , author of Howl and Kaddish. By now, beat poetry and French symbolists had become an enormous influence on Dylan's work, as Dylan "passed from immediate folk sources to a polychrome of literary styles".
In an interview taken in , Dylan said that he didn't start writing poetry until he was out of high school: "I was eighteen or so when I discovered Ginsberg, Gary Snyder , Philip Whalen , Frank O'Hara and those guys. Many critics took note of the stark pessimism on The Times They Are a-Changin', which NPR 's Tim Riley later described as "' Masters of War ' stretched out into a concept album" due to its "social preening and black-and-white moralism". By the time the album was released on January 13, , Dylan was already entering a new phase in his career, pulling further away from his popular image as a protest singer.
The album was re-released in with new liner notes by Greil Marcus. Two years later, in , a version of the song by Pete Seeger was used in a TV advertisement for the Bank of Montreal. The album and the song are mentioned in writer Walter Isaacson 's biography of Steve Jobs , as works of Dylan that were particularly meaningful to Jobs, the song is also referenced in the movie, where Jobs and John Sculley debate what lyrics of the song to use in the unveiling of the Macintosh.
All tracks are written by Bob Dylan. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bob Dylan. Master of the tracks: the Bob Dylan reference book of recording.
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