August 8: Bob Dylan: Another Side Of Bob Dylan (album)

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“I wrote my fourth album [“Another Side of Bob Dylan”] in Greece, but that was still an American album.”
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Shelton June 1978)

“Tom Wilson, the producer, titled it that,” [Another Side of Bob Dylan] “I begged and pleaded with him not to do it. You know, I thought it was overstating the obvious. I knew I was going to have to take a lot of heat for a title like that and it was my feeling that it wasn’t a good idea coming after The Times They Are A- Changin’, it just wasn’t right. It seemed like a negation of the past which in no way was true. I know that Tom didn’t mean it that way, but that’s what I figured that people would take it to mean, but Tom meant well and he had control, so he had it his way. I guess in the long run, he might have been right to do what he did. It doesn’t matter now.”
~Bob Dylan (to Cameron Crowe Sept. 1985)

“His writing and control of atmosphere on songs like ‘To Ramona’ and ‘Spanish Harlem Incident’ come across as early flashes of the creative explosion that he was to go through in 1965–66. A great minor album, and his last solo album until the 1990s.”
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

My Back Pages:

This was indeed Another Side of Bob Dylan, “complicated” love songs and only one “protest song” – Chimes of Freedom”. COF is filled symbolism & surrealism, not like his earlier “topical songs”.

Wikipedia:

Released August 8, 1964
Recorded June 9, 1964 at Columbia Studios, New York City
Genre Folk
Length 50:37
Label Columbia
Producer Tom Wilson

Another Side of Bob Dylan is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. It was released August 8, 1964 by Columbia Records.

The album deviates from the more socially conscious style which Dylan had developed with his previous LP, The Times They Are A-Changin’. The change prompted criticism from some influential figures in the folk community – Sing Out! editor Irwin Silber complained that Dylan had “somehow lost touch with people” and was caught up in “the paraphernalia of fame”.

Despite the album’s thematic shift, Dylan performed the entirety of Another Side of Bob Dylan as he had previous records – solo. In addition to his usual acoustic guitar and harmonica, Dylan provides piano on one selection, “Black Crow Blues”. Another Side of Bob Dylan reached No. 43 in the US (although it eventually went gold), and peaked at No. 8 on the UK charts in 1965.

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Tracks:

Side one

  1. “All I Really Want to Do” – 4:04
  2. “Black Crow Blues” – 3:14
  3. “Spanish Harlem Incident” – 2:24
  4. “Chimes of Freedom” – 7:10
  5. “I Shall Be Free No. 10” – 4:47
  6. “To Ramona” – 3:52

Side two

  1. “Motorpsycho Nitemare” – 4:33
  2. “My Back Pages” – 4:22
  3. “I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)” – 4:22
  4. “Ballad in Plain D” – 8:16
  5. “It Ain’t Me Babe” – 3:33

Personnel:

  • Bob Dylan – vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica
Technical personnel
  • Tom Wilson – production

Chimes Of Freedom

To Ramona

Spanish Harlem Incident

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Another Side of Bob Dylan—rarely has an album title reflected so faithfully the artistic progress of its creator. This fourth testament on record obviously revealed a new Dylan. Granted, he was still solo on guitar and harmonica (and on piano, for the first time, in “Black Crow Blues”), but you could already feel the rock musician appearing behind the folksinger. Critic Tim Riley was right on the money when he stated about this Dylan work that it was “a rock album without electric guitars.” It definitely was an album that indicated a sharp shift. From this moment on, Dylan totally rejected the role as protest spiritual guide that people had laid on him. He had turned the page. He was no longer interested in pointing a finger at the inconsistencies and injustice of a system without providing a solution. “There aren’t any finger-pointing songs in here, either,” he said.20
–> Margotin, Philippe. Bob Dylan All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track

My fav Songs:

  • Chimes of Freedom
  • My Back Pages
  • It Ain’t Me Babe
  • Spanish Harlem Incident
  • To Ramona


Album @ spotify:

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