John Wesley Harding

Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
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Based on 3 reviews
1967 Ratings: #2 / 61
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1967 Ratings: #24
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Doublez
86

The History of The Albums – n°369

In the middle of 1966, Bob Dylan was affected by a kind of burn out, totally exhausted from the life of an artist. At the same time, Dylan had imposed his leadership for 5 years, revolutionizing the music world several times. Blonde On Blonde (1966), the third part of his holy trilogy, symbolizes the moment when the Dylan of his heyday began to be lost, and it coincides with his personal life when he was close to a nervous breakdown. Unlike all the ... read more

Whynot
65

I have been listening to this record for decades and unfortunately, there are not many remarkable things that I can say about it. I know it was a significant period for Bob's life and definitely a twist in Dylan’s musical approach. I know it was released just after he became a father (and after the motorcycle accident that nobody knows if it was real or just a trick to run away) and I also know about all the biblical references spread all over the lyrics but for some reason this ... read more

JustSomeGuy
84

Bob Dylan goes back to a more acoustic sound, but instead of the more traditional acoustic folk from his early releases, this album feels more like he's leaning into the country genre. And honestly, him going back to an acoustic sound after three amazing electric rock albums ended up working better than I expected, and when I already had pretty high expectations for this thing to begin with you know that you have something special here.

When I found out that John Wesley Harding was the album ... read more

KingIsCole10
75

While not being one of the most memorable records of Bob Dylan's 60's era, I still feel John Wesley Harding is quite a good addition to Dylan's discography. While I'm not the biggest fan of country, I feel this album does a good job of balancing out the sounds from the multiple genres it's pulling from. It has some strong moments but it lacks in cohesiveness when comparing it to his prior albums. My favorite tracks are John Wesley Harding, As I Went out One Morning, All Along the Watchtower and ... read more

Doublez
86

The History of The Albums – n°369

In the middle of 1966, Bob Dylan was affected by a kind of burn out, totally exhausted from the life of an artist. At the same time, Dylan had imposed his leadership for 5 years, revolutionizing the music world several times. Blonde On Blonde (1966), the third part of his holy trilogy, symbolizes the moment when the Dylan of his heyday began to be lost, and it coincides with his personal life when he was close to a nervous breakdown. Unlike all the ... read more

mikehermida
84

How to follow three back to back stone cold classics?

Well take a bit of a left turn and get back to a mostly acoustic sound. It's clear here that Bob is still in his creative peak and this album is very very strong, but does not quite reach the consistent peak of previous albums.

Essential track - All Along the Watchtower.

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Track List

 

  1. John Wesley Harding
  2. As I Went Out One Morning
  3. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
  4. All Along the Watchtower
  5. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
  6. Drifter's Escape
  7. Dear Landlord
  8. I Am a Lonesome Hobo
  9. I Pity the Poor Immigrant
  10. The Wicked Messenger
  11. Down Along the Cove
  12. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

 

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Added on: February 5, 2013