The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' 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.

Entertainment Weekly
”Blowin’ in the Wind” and other gems reveal the kid’s startling gift for songwriting.

The History of the Albums – n° 216

If The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan is still as breathtaking today as it was then, just imagine for a few seconds the momumental slap that the listeners of that time took when he came out. It's like the effect of a veritable seismic event, forever changing the landscape of music. When you think about it, it was hard to predict, if not impossible. Dylan had just released a seductive debut album, which could suit both the more traditional as well as the new ... read more


If I have to say what I think is the most relevant strength of “The Freewheelin’” I should probably say it is its amazing balance. It is not a protest album, it is not a romantic one too but it has a little bit of both and also has the clarity to add a precise quote of humor when the things are getting too dark, which makes this record an album for any day of the year.

This was a huge step for Dylan, He was 21 year old while He was recording the album and He had a lot of ... read more


One of my favorite aspects of Bob Dylan, and many a writer, is the perspective in which he tends to write in. In this instance, I'll refer to age. There's special attributes you only have access to being so young or old. I'm only nineteen, so youthful writing, unsurprisingly, resonates with me the most. "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" is an album I'm sure many of my generational contemporaries can find a level of solace in. Maybe even a lil something to relate with our peers. Being an ... read more



Oh yeah. We are so back. While not his best, Bob Dylan shows the world of music in the 60s that he’s not fucking around. This album just goes to show, how much you can do with just an acoustic guitar, a harmonica, and a dude with a terrible singing voice. Hats off to you Dylan.


i liked this and i loved the harmonica and im scared to publish the 79 but i can't put it in the 80s because its too conversational for me
my top 3
1. Girl From The North Country
2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
3. Corrina, Corrina
playlist gains: yes


There are four songs on this album I care about.
The first is Masters of War, a very pointed and unflinching attack on war and the people who profit off it. It can occasionally feel a bit unspecific, especially because Bob never mentions any specific war or event. However, the lack of specificity just means we can apply it to whatever war is currently going on. I suppose you could also accuse this song of being on the nose, but that also works in the song's favor, because it just means that ... read more

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Added on: February 3, 2013