22 March 2020
Today 55 years ago, on 22 March 1965, living legend BOB DYLAN released his fifth LP BRING IT ALL BACK HOME. A game-changing album as it was his first longplayer with electric music on, recorded with a rock ‘n’ roll band. Narrow-minded fans experienced
this move as a betrayal of his folk and protest roots.
It was Dylan at its sixties best just doing what he wanted to do and do it brilliantly.
This record is just one of his all-time best in my book, musically and lyrically. All killers,
no fillers. Despite the controversy, it was the living legend’s first top ten album in the US, peaking at #9 and his first No 1 in the UK with monumental lead-single Subterranean Homesick Blues as one of his greatest hits.
AllMusic wrote: “With ‘Another Side of Bob Dylan’, Dylan had begun pushing past folk, and with ‘Bringing It All Back Home’, he exploded the boundaries, producing an album of boundless imagination and skill. And it’s not just that he went electric, either, rocking hard… It’s that he’s exploding with imagination throughout the record… making words mean as much as the music, but making the music an extension of the words. A truly remarkable album.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.
David Crosby said: “The thing about Bringing It All Back Home was his words. That’s what Bob stunned the world with. Up until then we had ‘oooh, baby’ and ‘I love you, baby.’ Bob changed the map. He gave us really, really good words.”
Top Tracks (actually all of them): Subterranean Homesick Blues / On The Road Again / Maggie’s Farm
– SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES –
– ON THE ROAD AGAIN –
– MAGGIE’S FARM –
(Live at Newport Folk Festival 1965)
Album in full…