On my first listen I didn't really get what the fuzz was about until I got to the last parts, which I found absolutely incredible. On my second listen I turned the volume up and then everything fell into place... Suddenly every second of this album gripped me the same way as on my first listen when I heard Mode F, love at second sight you could call it.
An impressive show of force for Cooke, who keeps the energy at 100 for the entierty of the performance. Giving some praise to the crowd as well who are just as lively and energetic as the band on stage, really helps sell the feel of Harlem Square Club.
It's incredible how this is his second album only, as everything I know Bob Dylan to be is present here. He really is the ultimate singer-songwriter rambler. Charming, down to earth, humble, funny, witty, and thought-provoking are just a handful of the different ways you could describe Dylan's ramblings throughout the album. All this tucked between neat, soft guitar plucks and that trusty harmonica of his.
On the one hand the recordings themselves sound a lot more full and pleasant than on their debut, but on the other hand it's considerably more boring than their debut as well... Eh, With The Beatles is a step forward in a technical sense, the band does sound better here, but it fails to really grip me in any substantial manner.