Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

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by Bob Dylan
     
 

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It's hard to overestimate the importance of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, the record that firmly established Dylan as an unparalleled songwriter, one of considerable skill, imagination, and vision. At the time, folk had been quite popular on college campuses and bohemian circles, making headway onto the pop charts in diluted form, and while

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It's hard to overestimate the importance of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, the record that firmly established Dylan as an unparalleled songwriter, one of considerable skill, imagination, and vision. At the time, folk had been quite popular on college campuses and bohemian circles, making headway onto the pop charts in diluted form, and while there certainly were a number of gifted songwriters, nobody had transcended the scene as Dylan did with this record. There are a couple (very good) covers, with "Corrina Corrina" and "Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance," but they pale with the originals here. At the time, the social protests received the most attention, and deservedly so, since "Blowin' in the Wind," "Masters of War," and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" weren't just specific in their targets; they were gracefully executed and even melodic. Although they've proven resilient throughout the years, if that's all Freewheelin' had to offer, it wouldn't have had its seismic impact, but this also revealed a songwriter who could turn out whimsy ("Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"), gorgeous love songs ("Girl From the North Country"), and cheerfully absurdist humor ("Bob Dylan's Blues," "Bob Dylan's Dream") with equal skill. This is rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America as much as that of Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, or Elvis Presley. Dylan, in many ways, recorded music that equaled this, but he never topped it.

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Release Date:
06/01/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969239629
catalogNumber:
92396
Rank:
2363

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The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bob Dylan at his simplest and purest, possibly at his best. Even those who aren't fans of folk music can easily get behind this album because, like all great artists, Dylan transcends the artform. Though in the folk venacular, Freewheelin' doesn't hold true to the standard of folk music. It holds true to the standard of Bob Dylan. When he sings "I'll reflect from the mountain so all souls can see it," he leaves no doubt that he intents to stake his own claim with the greats. Dylan proves himself the master of the "protest song" moving from scathing (Masters of War) to philosophical (Blowin' in the Wind) to sad but bouncy (Oxford Town), but also shows his wicked sense of humor on songs like "Talkin' WWIII Blues" and "I Shall Be Free". He displays a maturity well beyond his years on the elusive "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right". And with "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" he moves his music beyond any label. It's a song that can't be described and catergorized, only heard and felt. When Dylan declares, "I'll know my song well before I start singing," it's clear that he already knows that song inside and out.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Dylan absorbed everything that had created American music and changed everything that would come after him. Starting with Freewheelin, Dylan released album after album (up to the point of his recluse after a reported motorcycle accident) that became the greatest, most influential, most important pieces of music in American history. No "hits" collection can substitute for the power of this album and the several that would follow during this period of his career.
katietimes2 More than 1 year ago
How wonderful to have a favorite "LP" from my college days remastered so beautifully! Dylan's music has the power and still relevant message that made it a classic in the 60's. Some things should last forever...this is one of them.
Moon-Man More than 1 year ago
Great album. I bought it mainly for "Masters of War" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" since you can't find them on most Dylan compilations. But the whole album is excellent from start to finish, plus I love the album artwork.
ChessTiger More than 1 year ago
The only thing that needs to be said...It's Bob Dylan. 'Nuff said!!
maryd1950 More than 1 year ago
I have always listened to Bob Dylan, since the mid to late sixties. This CD (album) was from before that time. I had never heard most of the songs on the CD. Many of the songs bring me back to a simpler time. Like most of his releases, the lyrics are always worth listening to for his unique insight into what is happening around him at the time. I find I listen to this over and over and it is definitely one of the Best of Dylan.
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