The Times They Are A-Changin'by Bob Dylan
If The Times They Are a-Changin' isn't a marked step forward from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, even if it is his first collection of all originals, it's nevertheless a fine collection all the same. It isn't as rich as Freewheelin', and Dylan has tempered his sense of humor considerably, choosing to concentrate on social protests in the style of "Blowin' in the Wind." With the title track, he wrote an anthem that nearly equaled that song, and "With God on Our Side" and "Only a Pawn in Their Game" are nearly as good, while "Ballad of Hollis Brown" and "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" are remarkably skilled re-castings of contemporary tales of injustice. His absurdity is missed, but he makes up for it with the wonderful "One Too Many Mornings" and "Boots of Spanish Leather," two lovely classics. If there are a couple of songs that don't achieve the level of the aforementioned songs, that speaks more to the quality of those songs than the weakness of the remainder of the record. And that's also true of the album itself -- yes, it pales next to its predecessor, but it's terrific by any other standard.
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- Sundazed Music Inc.
Performance CreditsBob Dylan Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Technical CreditsBob Dylan Songwriter,Poetry
Tom Wilson Producer
Barry Feinstein Cover Photo
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Bob Dylan (barely in his 20's when he made this album) somehow manages to put himself in the place of both a working man of many hard years and much experience, and a sage of nearly Biblical wisdom living in present times. No album did a better job of tearing away the hypocrisy of society's injustices than this one. Many of these songs have become standards, but at the time of its release this album felt like a slap across the face to everyone who wished to look the other way - as well as to those who protested against those injustices with their words but not with their actions. One of the indispensable Dylan albums of this period.
bob dylan....known to some as robert allen zimmerman, was the profit of the 60s and beyond as my psycopath dylan obsessed-friend inga says. this is a great protest album. it has a haunting beauty on song like the ballad of hollis brown. and a soothing brilliance on songs like one too many mornings and boots of spanish leather. also great protest songs like the classic title track, with god on our side and only a pawn in their game. purchase this album or my friend inga will lecture you about its brilliance for hours on end.
This exemplifies the pre electric Dylan. Great songs with good guitar work in the background. A timesless taste of a master at work. A must for any Dylan fan.