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

August 10, 2017 — Leave a comment

 

Bob Dylan’s Best Albums

Compiled by Madeline Cramer
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“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… )
 


(1989)

The maturity and wisdom of age continue to show in Dylan’s 26th studio album—produced after a string of albums receiving some of the poorest ratings in his career. The album cover is a mural based of a Strotsky painting in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan (near where he lived at the time), and the songs range in topic from weary disillusionment with American politics and culture (the culmination of a career of social and political commentary) in “Political World” and “Disease of Conceit” to the inevitable, illusive nature of death in “Man in the Long Black Coat.” Despite being on the tale end of his conversion to Evangelical Christianity represented by his albums Slow Train Coming, Saved, and Shot of Love, Oh Mercy (as indicated in the title) carries distinctive themes of spirituality as represented by “Ring Them Bells” and “Shooting Star’s” seeming grapple with God and faith. In general, the vivid palpability of this album’s sensual imagery shouldn’t be underestimated.

 

Read the lyrics and listen to the song “Man in the Long Black Coat” performed live here:



 

Crickets are chirpin’ the water is high
There’s a soft cotton dress on the line hangin’ dry
Window wide open African trees
Bent over backwards from a hurricane breeze
Not a word of goodbye not even a note
She gone with the man in the long black coat

Somebody seen him hangin’ around
At the old dance hall on the outskirts of town
He looked into her eyes when she stopped him to ask
If he wanted to dance he had a face like a mask
Somebody said from the bible he’d quote
There was dust on the man in the long black coat

Preacher was talking there’s a sermon he gave
He said every man’s conscience is vile and depraved
You cannot depend on it to be your guide
When it’s you who must keep it satisfied
It ain’t easy to swallow it sticks in the throat
She gave her heart to the man in the long black coat

There are no mistakes in life some people say
It is true sometimes you can see it that way
But people don’t live or die people just float
She went with the man in the long black coat

There’s smoke on the water it’s been there since June
Tree trunks uprooted beneath the high crescent moon
Feel the pulse and vibration and the rumbling force
Somebody is out there beating on a dead horse
She never said nothing there was nothing she wrote
She gone with the man in the long black coat

 

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