ARTIST: Bob Dylan
TITLE: Bringing It All Back Home
YEAR RELEASED: 1965
CHART ACTION: #6 US, #1 UK
SINGLES: Maggie’s Farm (#22 UK), Subterranean Homesick Blues (#39 US, #9 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh, the whole damn thing.
LINEUP: Bob Dylan with an electric session band
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Everyone talks about the two albums that follow, but here’s where my money is. Half-electric, half-acoustic (ok, half without drums) and all 11 cuts classic Dylan.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The two least known songs on this record are “Outlaw Blues” and “On the Road Again”, would be the best cut ever recorded by 90% of the bands operating at that time, maybe 95%. That’s how good this record is.
One side one, there’s humor, there’s humor sending a message, there’s a return to a talking blues, and there’s timeless folk and folk rock. Side two, the quieter side, starts with “Mr. Tambourine Man”, then goes to “Gates of Eden”, “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”, and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”.
But it’s the two love songs, “She Belongs to Me” and “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” that tie everything together. Dylan is now complete. Dylan is Dylan.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They kept the first take of “Bob Dylan’s #115th Dream”, where the band misses the cue to come in.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but many outtakes are on other releases.
GRADE: A+: Can I do an A++?