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The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
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1963 Ratings: #1 / 11
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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
There are few songwriters like Bob Dylan, he's truly a legend at his craft and his sophomore album 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' is one of his records that's really a true example of his incredible songwriting, with many of his lyrics revolving around tongue and cheek personal tales of love, vivid political observations of the early 60s American society and racial divides, all while being backed up by the intimate folk sound. It's truly a relaxing, cathartic and often beautiful record that truly ... 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
After just one release, Bob Dylan goes from an amateurish, generic folk singer to making one of the most recognizable and best written folk albums of all time.

Freewheelin' shows Bob Dylan really perfect his folk sound. While this is still pretty much what you would expect from a folk album, the instrumentation as a whole is a lot more entertaining here than it was on his debut, but that's honestly to be expected. This album is known as one of the greatest of all time after all, and it ... read more
It's insane how vast the improvement was from the debut to Dylan's sophomore record. The writing here is impressive, poetic, thought-provoking, funny at times, and above all else charming. This is a relaxing and a record I personally find to be quite comforting like a warm blanket on a rainy day.

Best Track: Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Worst Track: Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance
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Track List

  1. Blowin' in the Wind
  2. Girl from the North Country
  3. Masters of War
  4. Down the Highway
  5. Bob Dylan's Blues
  6. A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
  7. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  8. Bob Dylan's Dream
  9. Oxford Town
  10. Talkin' World War III Blues
  11. Corrina, Corrina
  12. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance
  13. I Shall Be Free
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Added on: February 3, 2013