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The Times They Are A Changin

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Bob Dylan

The Times They Are A Changin

12" LP

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$17.99

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Dylan's first album comprised entirely of original compositions, the Times They Are A-Changin' is a solemn, often dark album depicting the unrest and discomfiting nature of the times.In many ways it is quintessential early Dylan with traditional protest songs, such as the trademark title track, following on from Freewheelin's 'Blowin' In The Wind', alongside other powerful and cutting songs of social injustice ('Only a Pawn in Their Game', The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll and With God On Our Side.'). Among the topical grimness, however, are some beautiful songs, including 'Boots of Spanish Leather' and 'One Too Many Mornings. 'It is an album reflecting uncertain times, and it is a turning point in his career; his Another Side follow-up a year later would see a much lighter and more humorous Dylan. With some of the most important Dylan songs ever recorded, this is an essential part of any music fan's collection.

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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.

Additional Information

Artist Bob Dylan
Track Listing 1 The Times They Are A-Changin' - 3:15 2 Ballad of Hollis Brown - 5:06 3 With God on Our Side - 7:08 4 One Too Many Mornings - 2:41 5 North Country Blues - 4:35 6 Only a Pawn in Their Game - 3:33 7 Boots of Spanish Leather - 4:40 8 When the Ship Comes In - 3:18 9 The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll - 5:48 10 Restless Farewell - 5:32

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