Kennedy gave his warning to the Soviet Union over their deployment of nuclear missiles in Cuba. Critics have interpreted the lyric 'hard rain' as a reference to nuclear fallout , but Dylan resisted the specificity of this interpretation.
In a radio interview with Studs Terkel in , Dylan said,. It isn't the fallout rain. I mean some sort of end that's just gotta happen … In the last verse, when I say, 'the pellets of poison are flooding the waters', that means all the lies that people get told on their radios and in their newspapers. Many people were astonished by the power and complexity of this work. For Robert Shelton , who had given Dylan an important boost in his review in The New York Times , this song was "a landmark in topical, folk-based songwriting.
Here blooms the promised fruit of the s poetry-jazz fusion of Ginsberg , Ferlinghetti , and Rexroth. It's a statement that maybe you can say to make yourself feel better.
It's as if you were talking to yourself. Dylan's contemporaries hailed the song as a masterpiece: Bob Spitz quotes Paul Stookey saying "I thought it was a masterful statement", while Dave Van Ronk called it "self-pitying but brilliant". The phrase "don't think twice, it's all right" could be snarled, sung with resignation, or delivered with an ambiguous mixture of bitterness and regret. Seldom have the contradictory emotions of a thwarted lover been so well expressed, and the song transcended the autobiographical origins of Dylan's pain.
Sir John Franklin had vanished on an expedition searching for the North West Passage in ; a stone cairn on King William Island detailing his demise was found by a later expedition in Todd Harvey points out that Dylan transforms the song into a personal journey, yet he retains both the theme and the mood of the original ballad. The world outside is depicted as stormy and harsh, and Dylan's most fervent wish, like Lady Franklin's, is to be reunited with departed companions and to relive the fond memories they represent.
When Meredith first tried to attend classes at the school, some Mississippians pledged to keep the university segregated, including the state governor Ross Barnett. Ultimately, the University of Mississippi had to be integrated with the help of U. Dylan responded rapidly: his song was published in the November issue of Broadside.
The "talkin' blues" was a style of improvised songwriting that Woody Guthrie had developed to a high plane. He recorded five takes of the song and the fifth was selected for the album. The format of the "talkin' blues" permitted Dylan to address the serious subject of nuclear annihilation with humor, and "without resorting to his finger-pointing or apocalyptical-prophetic persona".
Robert Shelton dismissed the song as "a decided anticlimax. Although the album has at least a half dozen blockbusters, two of the weakest songs are tucked in at the end, like shirttails. The known outtakes from the Freewheelin' album are as follows. All songs released in on The Bootleg Series 1—3 are discussed in that album's liner notes,  while songs that have never been released have been documented by biographer Clinton Heylin,  except where noted.
All songs written by Bob Dylan, except where noted. Dylan promoted his upcoming album with radio appearances and concert performances. Baez was at the pinnacle of her fame, having appeared on the cover of Time magazine the previous November.
The performance not only gave Dylan and his songs a new prominence, it also marked the beginning of a romantic relationship between Baez and Dylan, the start of what Dylan biographer Sounes termed "one of the most celebrated love affairs of the decade". The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was released at the end of May. That weekend, Peter, Paul and Mary 's rendition of "Blowin' in the Wind" reached number two on Billboard ' s pop chart.
Baez was also at Newport, appearing twice on stage with Dylan. The combination of the chart success of "Blowin' in the Wind", and the glamor of Baez and Dylan singing together generated excitement about Dylan and his new album.
Tom Paxton recalled: "That was a big breakout festival for Bob. The buzz kept growing exponentially and it was like a coronation of Bob and Joan. They were King and Queen of the festival". I used to walk around and go wherever I wanted.
But now it's gotten very weird. People follow me into the men's room just so they can say that they saw me pee. In September, the album entered Billboard ' s album charts; the highest position Freewheelin ' reached was number 22, but it eventually came to sell one million copies in the U. During his dispute with Albert Grossman, Dylan stated in a deposition: "Although I didn't know it at the time, the second album was destined to become a great success because it was to include 'Blowin' in the Wind'.
For three weeks in Paris we didn't stop playing it. We all went potty about Dylan. The album was re-issued in as part of The Original Mono Recordings , a Columbia Legacy box set that included the monaural versions of Dylan's first eight albums. The album cover features a photograph of Dylan with Suze Rotolo. Our apartment was always cold, so I had a sweater on, plus I borrowed one of his big, bulky sweaters. On top of that I put on a coat.
So I felt like an Italian sausage. Every time I look at that picture, I think I look fat. It is one of those cultural markers that influenced the look of album covers precisely because of its casual down-home spontaneity and sensibility.
Most album covers were carefully staged and controlled, to terrific effect on the Blue Note jazz album covers Whoever was responsible for choosing that particular photograph for The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan really had an eye for a new look. Critic Janet Maslin summed up the iconic impact of the cover as "a photograph that inspired countless young men to hunch their shoulders, look distant, and let the girl do the clinging".
A copy of the vinyl album itself is an important prop in Jacques Rivette 's film L'Amour fou. He holds up her copy of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan , which she declines to sell on the grounds that she still listens to it.
Taylor Swift cited the album as the inspiration for her song " Betty " on Folklore. The success of Freewheelin ' transformed the public perception of Dylan. Before the album's release, he was one among many folk-singers.
Afterwards, at the age of 22, Dylan was regarded as a major artist, perhaps even a spokesman for disaffected youth. As one critic described the transformation, "In barely over a year, a young plagiarist had been reborn as a songwriter of substance, and his first album of fully realized original material got the s off their musical starting block.
This title of "Spokesman of a Generation" was viewed by Dylan with disgust in later years. He came to feel it was a label that the media had pinned on him, and in his autobiography, Chronicles , Dylan wrote: "The press never let up.
Once in a while I would have to rise up and offer myself for an interview so they wouldn't beat the door down. I felt like a piece of meat that someone had thrown to the dogs.
The album secured for Dylan an "unstoppable cult following" of fans who preferred the harshness of his performances to the softer cover versions released by other singers. James Dean had walked around reading James Joyce ; here were both in a single package, the words and the attitude set to music.
Critical opinion about Freewheelin ' has been consistently favorable in the years since its release. Dylan biographer Howard Sounes called it "Bob Dylan's first great album". The songs at its core must have sounded like communiques from another plane. For Patrick Humphries, "rarely has one album so effectively reflected the times which produced it.
Freewheelin ' spoke directly to the concerns of its audience. This is rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America as much as that of Louis Armstrong , Hank Williams , or Elvis Presley.
Dylan, in many ways, recorded music that equaled this, but he never topped it. And I just thought it was incredible that this guy's not singing about 'moon in June' and he's getting away with it. That's what I thought at the time. The subject matter wasn't pop songs, ya know, and I thought this kind of opens the whole thing up Dylan put it into the mainstream that this could be done.
Freewheelin' was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry in The citation read: "This album is considered by some to be the most important collection of original songs issued in the s. It includes "Blowin' in the Wind," the era's popular and powerful protest anthem. Some very early first pressing copies contained four songs that were ultimately replaced by Columbia on all subsequent pressings. Copies of the "original" version of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan in both mono and stereo are extremely rare.
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If you are looking to upgrade to a newer version of your old vinyl, this would be a good purchase for the price. This album pressing and sound is far superior to any older version you're going to find.
The printed cover is very nicely done and of superior quality. I own this and and the boxed mono set. And after listening to both I would argue that the mono version yields no existentially improved listening experience. But it is far less expensive to buy the boxed set of 8 albums rather than these excellent stereo pressings. If you're just after a couple of Dylan recordings then these stereo pressings are great. Bob Dylan's second album was his first on which eleven of the thirteen individual songs were written exclusively by him.
Some of his greatest music, without a doubt, is heard here. These youthful portraits are reason enough to classify this album as a collector's item whose music still seems fresh today. One it Dylan's best albums, always a favorite of mine. Just because of that I'd normally give a five star rating lol but I'm giving this a 4 because I received this brand new, unopened vinyl said used , and was bent at the corner picture without damage to the prime box and only to the album cover before it was shipped.
Images in this review. This g mono pressing sounds fantastic. I had been eying the MoFi release, but I can't see that sounding any better than this. No background noise, no warping as is common in a lot of pressings nowadays , just a great, clean sound.
Highly recommended. Didn't expect this to sound great out vinyl, but wow. Almost like you're in the room with that guitar. So clear and warm sounding. Really worth it, despite thinking the recording was too simple to show new life on wax, but very happily surprised.
Corrina Corrina was a highlight, and girl from the north country never sounded so heartbreaking. Steven Peterson Top Contributor: Baseball. This was the first great Dylan album. And that voice! One of the striking things about this classic Dylan CD is that some of the least known songs are still great. The story of his expropriating a Cadillac; his listening to Rock-a-Day Johnnie singing "Where's your ma, where's your pa; Our love's a gonna grow, ooh-ahh, ooh, ahh"; his conversation with a telephone operator; etc.
Those who want to know about the early Dylan would be well advised to listen to this CD. This album was the first full Dylan album I ever heard.
After a while, the cassette wore out, and I had no other copy of it. Until I saw it on here, and bought it the second I could. But when I put my headphones on and listened to it, I was slightly horrified. The stereo is so terrible on this album. They put all guitar in the right speaker, and tried to put all harmonica in the left.
The air was suddenly filled with banana leaves. We started talking and my head started to spin. Meeting her was like stepping into the tales of Arabian Nights.
She had a smile that could light up a street full of people and was extremely lively, had a kind of voluptuousness—a Rodin sculpture come to life.
It was not until they met that Dylan's writing began to address issues such as the civil rights movement and the threat of nuclear war. She wrote:. Bob was charismatic: he was a beacon, a lighthouse, he was also a black hole. He required committed backup and protection I was unable to provide consistently, probably because I needed them myself.
I could no longer cope with all the pressure, gossip, truth and lies that living with Bob entailed. I was unable to find solid ground. I was on quicksand and very vulnerable. Rotolo left New York in June , with her mother, to spend six months studying art at the University of Perugia in Italy.
She was known there as Justine Rotolo, having used an invented middle name to register as "S. Justine Rotolo". Rotolo's political views were widely regarded as having influenced Dylan's topical songwriting. Dylan also credited her with interesting him in the French poet, Arthur Rimbaud , who heavily influenced his writing style.
In Chronicles , Dylan describes the impact of the song " Pirate Jenny " while attending a Brecht show on which Rotolo worked. People say I was an influence on him, but we influenced each other. His interests were filtered through me and my interests, like the books I had, were filtered through him It was always sincere on his part.
The guy saw things. He had an incredible ability to see and sponge—there was a genius in that. The ability to create out of everything that's flying around. To synthesize it. To put it in words and music. Rotolo became pregnant in by Dylan and had an abortion.
Suze moved into her sister's apartment in August I look back at that particular one and say, of all the songs I've written, maybe I could have left that alone.