Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Nashville Skyline/New Morning/John Wesley Harding
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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The great unheralded Dylan classics
S. Sroczynski | Boston, MA United States | 12/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"No, they are not as groundbreaking as his folk albums (Freewheelin, The Times..., Another Side...) were. They were not as emotional as "Blood on the Tracks", and they did not have the magnificent imagery of "Desire". And they are simply not as good as Highway 61/Blonde on Blonde/Bringin it Back Home. But these 3 albums ARE great albums, and they each have something special to offer the listener. John Wesley Harding, right after Dylan's tremendous 60s electric trilogy, was immediately received far poorer than those 3 masterpieces. But today many Dylan fanatics place it right up there with them.Nashville Skyline, Dylan's most "country" sounding album, was a shock to me at first. I hate country music, but I gave this album a couple listens and it has earned a place in my CD rotation. Very pleasant, very romantic.New Morning was an experiment that is generally not viewed as very successful, but it is fun to listen to Bob try new things (If Dogs Ran Free/Winterlude are 2 of his most unusual tracks). Regardless, the album has great highs that cannot be denied (If Not For You/New Morning)"
Start a New Morning in Nashville Skyline with John W Harding
choiceweb0pen0 | Lafayette, LA USA | 09/13/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"All three are great albums, even harder to pass up when you can get them like this. New Morning is my favourite of the three for demonstrating how versatile Dylan can be. Like Nashville Skyline's country flavor, it has a bluesy aspect and he handles it wonderfully. John Wesely Harding should not be overlooked either, as many of the tracks provide complicated stories to take apart or listen to as Dylan puts them out for you."
Mr. D Reinvents Himself for These Three
Stephanie Sane | from the Asylum | 10/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""John Wesley Harding" is another of those Dylan records that belongs in the top five. My dad told me that everybody was taken completely by surprise when "JWH" came out. Bob Dylan had come back from his motorcycle accident completely reinvented, but I don't know why his fans were so blown away, he'd reinvented himself once before, they should have just accepted it, or at the least gotten used to it, because Mr. Dylan has been reinventing himself for a long time now. Anyway this record was recorded with county musicians and has a country flavor to it, even though the songs like "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest," "All Along the Watchtower," "Down along the Cove" and the rest of the masterpieces on this album are anything but country. That'll come though, because Dylan reinvents himself still again for "Nashville Skyline."
Reinventing himself still again, Mr. Dylan has released a true country album with "Nashville Skyline." Gone are any hints of Dylan the protester, Dylan the rocker. This is pure country, purely enjoyable too. "Lay, Lady Lay," is the big hit from this album, but the eerily, haunting remake of "Girl From the North Country," done with the late Johnny Cash, is the song that sets the mood for this too short CD.
My dad says that when "New Morning" record came out that once again Dylan's fans were disappointed. I don't why though, because I love this record. Mr. D. plays a lot of piano on it and maybe he's no virtuoso, but he's plenty good. "If Not for You," made into a huge hit by Olivia Newton John and on of the best songs on George Harrison's "All Things Must Past," triple LP, is one of the best songs on the record. "Father of Night," is a gospel type number that tells or warns us, depending on your point of view, about Dylan's Christian period that we'll see a couple records on down the road. Dylan is different on this record, but then he's different on most of his records. He's not of those artists that's boringly the same, album after album, Dylan keeps growing and changing, sometimes we like him, sometimes we love him and sometimes we hate him. He's the poet of three generations and "New Morning has some of his greatest poems on it,
Reviewed by Stephanie Sane"