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|Dylan Albums Ranked|
Obviously Dylan has more than 7 albums, but nobody wants to read 40-odd descriptions of which ronly about 40% would be positive. This is, for me, the absolute cream of the crop selection.
|7|| ||Bon Dylan|
Time Out Of Mind
The last truly incredible Dylan release we've seen, this quasi-comeback
album saw him returning to his roots, but still offering something new, as
producer Daniel Lanois coaxed some brilliant hard blues tracks out of the ageing folk master. It's not quite
up there with his best, but this is Dylan
we're talking about; this is still a great album.
Continuing his excellent comeback during the mid 1970s, Desire sees Dylan
introducing some new elements into his music, with Emmylou Harris
providing backing vocals which are a mixed bag, and some Middle Eastern
influences coming to the fore. The album is strong throughout, but is
perhaps a little too self indulgent to reach the top 5.
|5|| ||Bob Dylan|
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
His first truly great album, Freewheelin' features some now-classic Dylan
pieces and some of his unsung greats. It also features one of his top 5
songs ever, A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall. The consistently mellow vibe lends
this release a more low-key feel than the albums which would follow, but
that's by no means a bad thing.
Bringing It All Back Home
Probably the most underrated Dylan album, side one saw his first foray into
electric sounds, with some astonishingly strong lyrics and fun
instrumentation. Side two, however, is probably the best side of Dylan
songs ever, featuring probably my favourite lyrical performance of all time in
the sublime 'It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding.)' Haunting and brilliant.
Highway 61 Revisited
The unequivocally most loved Dylan album, this saw him refining his new
electric style and ditching the protest songs he was famed for, all in
glorious fashion. It features two of his top tracks (the opener and the
closer) and is one of his most consistent albums to date.
Blonde on Blonde
It's definitely critically acclaimed, but within the context of Dylan's albums
this seems a lot like an unsung hero. Chock full of incredible tracks, it
features some of Dylan's warmest instrumentation and most oblique lyrics,
and some of his absolute best songs.
Blood on the Tracks
One of the top few albums ever, this has the best instrumentation of any
Dylan album, and also some of his most affecting lyrics. It's worth this top
spot for Simple Twist of Fate alone. Bonus points for the New York Sessions
bootleg being amazing, too.
|Bring on the flaming, for whatever reason. Although to be honest, it's Dylan; any of the top 6 would really be an acceptable number 1. |
|3 and 4 are much better than 2 IMO. You definitely need to hear Times are a Changing and John Wesley Harding, cause if you had you wouldnt have 6 and 7 on here|
|He only has 7 albums.|
|I've heard JWH, and I'd still put 6 and 7 above it, but fair game on Times Are A Changing. As for Blonde on Blonde, I'd always agreed with you, but it's recently clicked for me and it's, well, my number 2 now. Still, as I've said, it's Dylan, all of his top albums could make a good claim for number 1. |
|yeah its Dylan after all, all of these are good.|
|Bringing It All Back Home side 2 is especially incredible |
|Its All Over Now Baby Blue is amazing. I love She Belongs to Me too but thats on the front side|
|I'm not sure what's happened to some of the album art, it was here earlier...|