This has been a week saturated with Bob Dylan. Last weekend, the Dylan remasters box set that I ordered showed up at my local store. Yessir. Remastered, repackaged, hybrid SACD format. This set is now known at the house as The Big Box Of Bob.
So TheWife and I listened to tons of Dylan on Saturday as we drove through the rain to do our errands (read: while we avoided work around the house). By the end of the day, during the drive home from having a nice Indian dinner, we’d made it all the way to Nashville Skyline (meaning that we’d listened to The Freewheeling Bob Dylan, Another Side Of Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde, and John Wesley Harding).
At that point, I figured to bring the next few discs with me to work on Monday.
Except for one thing. We woke up on Sunday morning and it was sunny outside. Not a big deal if you live in San Diego, but up here in New England, we haven’t had a bright weekend in a long, long time.
So…we figured rather than doing housework, it’d be so much more fun to drive to the coast for a lobster roll and some sun. Of course, we were right. Along the way and back we enjoyed Planet Waves, Blood On The Tracks, Desire, and Street Legal. Fine music, and an indescribably great lobster roll.
During the week, I went back and revisited Desire (one of my favorites), and Street Legal. Because of various podcasts and actual work activities, Slow Train Coming was the only “new” disc I made it through.
Bringing us to Infidels.
This is the one Dylan record from the “Dylan Christian Era” that sort of throttles back on the message. There’s no mistaking that the message is there, but it doesn’t feel as forced as on albums like Saved.
Beyond that though, is the music itself, which is just absolutely gorgeous. Credit of course must be given to the beyond stellar backing band: Mark Knopfler and Mick Taylor on guitars, Alan Clark on keys, and the infamous rhythm duo of Sly & Robbie. The power and ease that group brings puts a relaxed spin on tunes like “Jokerman,” “I And I,” and “Man Of Peace.” Great stuff.
And, I’ve still got Oh Mercy and Love And Theft to go.
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