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1. Bringing It All Back Home (1965)

For the 1st time Dylan listener we recommend you start off with this album. Why? Well, it’s got a little something for everyone. There’s straight up rock and roll: “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and “Maggie’s Farm.” There’s acoustic folk: “Mr. Tambourine Man”, “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’--Each with Dylan signature harmonica shreds. There’s a bluesy rocker, “Outlaw Blues”, and even a few comedic songs like “On the Road Again” and “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream” which are sure to warm the first-time listener up to Dylan’s wry sense of humor. The other alluring tracks on this album are addictive, stream of consciousness songs such as “It’s All Right Ma, I’m Only Bleeding” and “Gates of Eden.” These songs have the ability to hit the virgin Dylan ear like a Mack truck--pounding home his ability to say the right thing at the wrong time—with a cynicism and sincerity that is mesmerizing. We challenge anyone to listen to this album all the way through at least 5 times in a two-day period and not think: “This guy ain’t so bad after all! What else can I listen to!”

  • Studs: Subterranean Homesick Blues, Mr. Tambourine Man, Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  • Duds: N/A
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