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(New Musical Express)   Bob Dylan makes history as the first artist ever to have a Top 40 album every decade since the 1960s   (nme.com) divider line
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2020-06-29 3:09:50 PM  
8 votes:

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I'll get slagged for this, but I don't know anyone under the age of 50 who listens to Dylan.


Well, you and I don't know each other, so your comment may in fact be true. That being said, I'm in my early 30s and I consider Dylan essential.

Anyone who has ever gone on a road trip with me (high school friends, college friends, and all the girlfriends and buddies I've had since then) has had the pleasure of taking in Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 Revisited with the windows down and a joint being passed.

Anyone who visits my apartment has nodded their head along as I've dropped a needle on (or connected to Bluetooth) Blood on the Tracks, Bringing it All Back Home, or The Basement Tapes. Great music for socializing, chilling out, or sipping wine.

Yes, I was raised by Baby Boomers but this music will hold up for anyone with curious ears for many decades to come.

And I'm talking about the music, not just the literary genius of the lyrics. Whether you like fingerpicked folk, electric blues, or gospel, he's made great records to explore. Anyone whose recording and performance career has gone on as long as Dylan's is bound to have made some turkeys (Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney included), but that doesn't detract from his accomplishments or ability to appeal across generations.
 
2020-06-29 2:58:09 PM  
4 votes:

pkjun: In reaction, Dylan said "shubbedgh, brmmmnnd SHOOO nvgnvvvv spng gnub" in a tone that was either exultant, modest, or perhaps asleep.


Bob Dylan - Girl from the North Country (Audio)
Youtube Je4Eg77YSSA


Thanks for your hackneyed criticism of a man who can, in fact, sing.
 
2020-06-29 3:21:26 PM  
3 votes:

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I'll get slagged for this, but I don't know anyone under the age of 50 who listens to Dylan. Plenty of Boomer acts still resonate for the younger set, but strangely he doesn't. Having a hit album nowadays doesn't mean much. Mozart was the top seller a few years ago.



I work with a 23-year-old who adores Dylan.  He's quitting in a few weeks to go to grad school.  We waste time when we should be productive pulling up obscure deep tracks on youtube to outdo each others' picks.

He didn't realize that Motorpsycho Nitemare was a farmer's daughter joke set to song until I pointed it out to him.  Kids these days.

Motorpsycho Nitemare
Youtube EMjnvUpKI78
 
2020-06-29 3:01:18 PM  
3 votes:

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I'll get slagged for this, but I don't know anyone under the age of 50 who listens to Dylan. Plenty of Boomer acts still resonate for the younger set, but strangely he doesn't. Having a hit album nowadays doesn't mean much. Mozart was the top seller a few years ago.


I'm 43 and listen to him...so do quite a few of my friends in their 40s. But true, you don't know us
 
2020-06-29 2:58:53 PM  
3 votes:

Colour_out_of_Space: How many Albums do you have to sell to be in the Top 40 nowadays? 6?


Zero.

As Billboard reports, 'Rough And Rowdy Ways' debuted with 53,000 equivalent units

1,250 premium audio streams, 3,750 ad-supported streams, or 3,750 video streams are equal to one album unit.
 
2020-06-29 2:49:54 PM  
3 votes:
How many Albums do you have to sell to be in the Top 40 nowadays? 6?
 
2020-06-29 2:44:55 PM  
3 votes:
Nice, good for him.
 
2020-06-29 10:34:26 PM  
2 votes:

busy chillin': Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I'll get slagged for this, but I don't know anyone under the age of 50 who listens to Dylan. Plenty of Boomer acts still resonate for the younger set, but strangely he doesn't. Having a hit album nowadays doesn't mean much. Mozart was the top seller a few years ago.

I'm 43 and listen to him...so do quite a few of my friends in their 40s. But true, you don't know us


I'm 40 and love Dylan. Empire Burlesque was one of the first CDs I bought. Been listening to him since I was in junior high. This is one of my favorite Dylan moments.

Bob Dylan - My Back Pages (From the 30th Anniversary Concert) (Version 2)
Youtube rGEIMCWob3U
 
2020-06-29 3:26:46 PM  
2 votes:
Eddie Hazel's E string:

Even if I were to believe that he can't sing, we could surely agree that the criticism has become cliché at this point?


I think it's more of a criticism of his erratic live performances.  I dated a girl who loved Dylan and saw him play live in the mid-1990s.  She said it was the most disappointing concert she had ever been to (and she went to a couple dozen concerts a year).  Just a terrible performance.

The guy could sing and entertain, but so often he didn't give a shiat and tanked his own concerts.
 
2020-06-29 3:19:16 PM  
2 votes:

MizzouGuy: Eddie Hazel's E string: pkjun: In reaction, Dylan said "shubbedgh, brmmmnnd SHOOO nvgnvvvv spng gnub" in a tone that was either exultant, modest, or perhaps asleep.


Thanks for your hackneyed criticism of a man who can, in fact, sing.

You're probably only hearing the Johnny Cash parts



Ha! Yes, that must be it. And we both know that Johnny Cash made a habit of recording duets with terrible singers, right?

Any problems with the vocals on this one?

Bob Dylan - The Man in Me (Audio)
Youtube G6oBqDkNz38


Even if I were to believe that he can't sing, we could surely agree that the criticism has become cliché at this point?
 
2020-06-29 3:10:34 PM  
2 votes:

Eddie Hazel's E string: pkjun: In reaction, Dylan said "shubbedgh, brmmmnnd SHOOO nvgnvvvv spng gnub" in a tone that was either exultant, modest, or perhaps asleep.

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/Je4Eg77Y​SSA]

Thanks for your hackneyed criticism of a man who can, in fact, sing.


I agree that the whining about Dylan's mumbling is overblown, but a duet recording from 50 years ago is maybe not the most useful counterargument?
 
2020-06-29 3:00:52 PM  
2 votes:

Eddie Hazel's E string: pkjun: In reaction, Dylan said "shubbedgh, brmmmnnd SHOOO nvgnvvvv spng gnub" in a tone that was either exultant, modest, or perhaps asleep.


Thanks for your hackneyed criticism of a man who can, in fact, sing.


You're probably only hearing the Johnny Cash parts
 
2020-06-29 2:58:37 PM  
2 votes:
There is sure to be another Beatles retrospective along shortly, or at least by the end of the decade. I wonder who else could qualify, assuming the Beatles/McCartney are in the running. The Stones? The Who? Streisand? Sinatra? Anyway, ever since streaming, album sales are bunk. Albums in general. Sad that the youth will never know what it's like to open an album, pop in a cassette, or load a CD and listen to an entire album ever again.
 
2020-06-29 2:56:47 PM  
2 votes:
I'll get slagged for this, but I don't know anyone under the age of 50 who listens to Dylan. Plenty of Boomer acts still resonate for the younger set, but strangely he doesn't. Having a hit album nowadays doesn't mean much. Mozart was the top seller a few years ago.
 
2020-06-29 4:02:06 PM  
1 vote:

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I'll get slagged for this, but I don't know anyone under the age of 50 who listens to Dylan. Plenty of Boomer acts still resonate for the younger set, but strangely he doesn't. Having a hit album nowadays doesn't mean much. Mozart was the top seller a few years ago.


All those boomer acts you allude to, were influenced by Dylan.  So, in essence, they're still listening to Dylan whether they realize it or not.

In your eyes, what DOES having a hit album supposed to mean?   To me, a hit album means you have a hit album.     Not sure your point about Mozart?  He's the most famous musician, possibly most famous artist, period, in world history.  His name and work will be known for the remainder of the human race.
 
2020-06-29 3:58:04 PM  
1 vote:

Eddie Hazel's E string: MizzouGuy: Eddie Hazel's E string: pkjun: In reaction, Dylan said "shubbedgh, brmmmnnd SHOOO nvgnvvvv spng gnub" in a tone that was either exultant, modest, or perhaps asleep.


Thanks for your hackneyed criticism of a man who can, in fact, sing.

You're probably only hearing the Johnny Cash parts


Ha! Yes, that must be it. And we both know that Johnny Cash made a habit of recording duets with terrible singers, right?

Any problems with the vocals on this one?

[YouTube video: Bob Dylan - The Man in Me (Audio)]

Even if I were to believe that he can't sing, we could surely agree that the criticism has become cliché at this point?


Fifty years ago, dude. That song -- a thoroughly unexceptional vocal performance -- is half a century old.

That song is as far removed from Dylan's current vocal cords as the assassination of Franz Ferdinand is from The Times They Are a-Changin'.
 
2020-06-29 3:12:01 PM  
1 vote:

MizzouGuy: There is sure to be another Beatles retrospective along shortly


Actually a very big one, though the "album" part of it hasn't been detailed at all.

Peter Jackson has directed a "Get Back" documentary for the 50th anniversary of Let It Be.  Along with that they're finally re-working the actual "Let It Be" movie alongside this.  One can only assume that it'll get a boxed set treatment.

BUT... The pandemic has pushed it all from 2020 to 2021.
 
2020-06-29 2:48:06 PM  
1 vote:
That's kinda depressing.
 
2020-06-29 2:45:48 PM  
1 vote:
I'm sure Paul McCartney won't be far behind.  Heck, he'll probably release five albums by the end of this year.
 
2020-06-29 2:41:17 PM  
1 vote:
Monkees did it first.
 
2020-06-29 2:03:28 PM  
1 vote:
I'm sure Cher could dust of the ol' windpipes and put out another auto-tuned album.
 
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