1001 Albums 0057-0058

Published May 22, 2014


My continued journey through the albums featured in the book
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.


0057: The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
An album I've already heard.

This is the debut album of California's own The Byrds. It starts off extremely promising with the title track - written by Bob Dylan - and then band member Gene Clark's magnificent 'I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better'. I'm not sure that the entire album lives up to that promise - I don't understand why they decided to finish the album with a pointless version of Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again', for instance - although there is certainly much here to enjoy. All in all: highly recommended, but perhaps you will end up using the skip button from time to time.

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0058: Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
An album I've already heard.

From a pop/rock music history perspective, I completely understand the importance of this album: the subject matter of the lyrics, the length of the songs, and so on, were groundbreaking, inspiring so many other artists and showing what could be possible within the format of an LP. And if someone else was singing this - and if Mr Dylan had refrained completely from playing the harmonica - I'm sure I'd love this album. As it is, I end up simply admiring the songs, the arrangements and the production, without ever feeling an inclination to actually listen to the album.

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