John Wesley Harding

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bob Dylan returned from exile with John Wesley Harding, a quiet, country-tinged album that split dramatically from his previous three. A calm, reflective album, John Wesley Harding strips away all of the wilder tendencies of Dylan's rock albums -- even the then-unreleased Basement Tapes he made the previous year -- but it isn't a return to his folk roots. If anything, the album is his first serious foray into country, but only a handful of songs, such as "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," are straight country songs. Instead, John Wesley Harding is informed by the rustic sound of country, as well as many rural myths, with seemingly simple songs like "All Along the ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bob Dylan returned from exile with John Wesley Harding, a quiet, country-tinged album that split dramatically from his previous three. A calm, reflective album, John Wesley Harding strips away all of the wilder tendencies of Dylan's rock albums -- even the then-unreleased Basement Tapes he made the previous year -- but it isn't a return to his folk roots. If anything, the album is his first serious foray into country, but only a handful of songs, such as "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," are straight country songs. Instead, John Wesley Harding is informed by the rustic sound of country, as well as many rural myths, with seemingly simple songs like "All Along the Watchtower," "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine," and "The Wicked Messenger" revealing several layers of meaning with repeated plays. Although the lyrics are somewhat enigmatic, the music is simple, direct, and melodic, providing a touchstone for the country-rock revolution that swept through rock in the late '60s. [In 2003, Columbia/Legacy reissued 15 selected titles from Dylan's catalog as hybrid SACDs, playable in both regular CD players and Super Audio CD players. Each title is packaged as a digipak, containing the full original artwork. On each of the titles, and on each of the layers, the remastered sound is spectacular, a considerable upgrade from the initial CD pressings.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969239520
  • Catalog Number: 92395
  • Sales rank: 3,042

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Dylan Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Charles McCoy Bass
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Steven Berkowitz Reissue Producer
Charlie Bragg Engineer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Didier C. Deutsch Tape Research
Bob Johnston Producer
John Berg Cover Photo
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Dylan returned as a Country artist

    After such a long absence, the public and the critics were expecting the Dylan equitant of Sgt Peppers but what they got was Dylan as a Country artist which is why it took a while for everyone to warm up to the John Wesley Harding album, but eventually the truth sank in that Dylan had created another masterpiece.

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