Bob Dylan – Best Albums! (With Clips from each)

August 10, 2017


Bob Dylan’s Best Albums

Compiled by Madeline Cramer


“I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me,” said Dylan Thomas (the poet who inspired Robert Allen Zimmerman to legally change his last name at 19), and perhaps Bob Dylan’s poetry and music has achieved its legendary, timeless status by encompassing those three parts of the human experience so well.

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(Albums arranged in the order they were released… )

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By his fifth album Bringing It All Back Home, Dylan began transitioning from his usual folk/acoustic sound to experimenting with electric/rock and roll as his songs “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” “Maggie’s Farm” and “Mr. Tambourine Man” all exemplify. His lyrics also expanded stylistically from love and protest songs to surreal, introspective prose and poetry. The first half of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” shows his turn towards streams of consciousness—holding the darker, anti-establishment themes of The Times They Are A-Changin’ but with a more humorous edge:

Johnny’s in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I’m on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he’s got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It’s somethin’ you did
God knows when
But you’re doing it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin’ for a new friend
A man in the coonskin cap, in the pig pen
Wants eleven dollar bills, you only got ten…


You can listen to the song and watch its famous video here:


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