ARTIST: Bob Dylan
TITLE: Bob Dylan
YEAR RELEASED: 1962
CHART ACTION: #13 UK (in 1965, BTW)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Song to Woody. A bunch of these songs were standards.
LINEUP: Bob Dylan
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A relatively unknown folkie records a debut album with 11 covers and two originals, and isn’t quite yet a sensation.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This is pretty simple. It’s one man, one acoustic guitar, one harmonica. He’s singing 11 traditional songs well known in the NYC folk community, and two originals – one a talking blues and the other a homage to Woody Guthrie.
It’s a nice collection of folk material and it gives a glimpse of what was happening in that scene. Dylan was a young upstart and being a tremendous sponge of any material that he heard his peers and friends perform.
The two originals show the potential of Dylan. His talking blues was great, and he’ll have some better examples as his career goes on. Song to Woody is a marvelous tribute.
All in all, it’s a decent 1962 folk album. Nothing earth shattering, yet.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Dylan pinched the arrangement of House of the Rising Son from Dave Van Ronk. Van Ronk didn’t particularly like that.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, but not on Google play. That’s OK. They’re around somewhere online.
GRADE: B: If you like early folk, you’ll like it.