"Long having denied the implication that he created the folk-rock genre, rather giving the credit to Gene Clark of The Byrds, this release by the Bard from Hibbing would undoubtedly serve as the cornerstone of folk-rock through the ages! "Bringing It All Back Home" continues Dylan's introspection from "Another Side Of Bob Dylan" while adding electric instruments to the mix (a fact that, for some reason, would be acceptable to fans on record but not live at Newport). Here, Dylan can be at his most romantic one minute, with the Baez-inspired "Love Minus Zero / No Limit" or "She Belongs To Me," and simultaneously prophetic and surreal the next!
Introducing classics like "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and "Maggie's Farm" alongside concert stalwarts "Gates Of Eden" and "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," this release would be the first of a trilogy ended all too soon by Dylan's supposed "motorpsycho nitemare." The other two albums in this trilogy are, of course, "Highway 61 Revisited" and the double-disc "Blonde On Blonde."
Many will say that this is Dylan at his finest, placing the artist into an uncomfortable categorization or time capsule, but he would continue to produce highly creative and innovative work both with The Band and The Traveling Wilburys, as well as via his solo career throughout the 1970's and 80's. "Bringing It All Back Home" merely brings folk-rock to the forefront, introduces his audience to "Another Side Of Bob Dylan," and provides some excellent entertainment for the unsuspecting yet open-minded listener."
One of the Best Records Ever Made
Stephanie Sane | from the Asylum | 10/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you had to choose your favorite Dylan album, well I guess you couldn't do that, so let's say if you had to choose your top five favorites, then this would have to be on the list. This is the album where Dylan gave birth to folk rock when he went electric. "Subterranean Homesick Blues," is a fast electric number that's very rap like. That's right, I said rap, way back in 1965. "Maggie's Farm" is a scorcher. The two electric ballads, "Love Minis Zero-No Limit" and "She Belongs to Me," are haunting in their beauty. Rick Nelson used to sing these and his versions are just as good as Dylan's. And, of course, I can't forget to mention "Mr. Tambourine Man," a song my dad says he's been trying to figure out for almost four decades. You gotta own this CD.
Reviewed by Stephanie Sane"
Bob Dylan Goes Electric
Sara Hackett | from the Darkside | 04/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well not for all of the songs, the protest songs "Gates of Eden" and "It's Alright, Ma" are songs with just Dylan and his guitar, but the others all have at least an electric guitar in them. "Maggie's Farm" is a rocker and one that might raise your social conscience. Even after all these years I must confess that I still don't understand "Mr. Tambourine Man," but I love it dearly. I adore the slow songs and love to laugh at the lyrics in "Homesick" and "Bob's Dream." This is a must own album not only for Dylan fans, but for everybody. That's what I think anyway."
One of Bob Dylan's All Time Best
Ophella Paige | Reno, Nevada | 04/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's very hard to pick out your favorite Dylan record, but this one would be in my top five. I love "Baby Blue", "Love - 0" and "She Belongs to Me" three songs that prove Dylan knew than (and still does) how to write and perform a first-rate tune. His voice on those songs is just so moving, as are the lyrics in "It's Alright Ma." That song really makes you think, makes you want to go out and participate, make a difference. Yes, this is the first album where Dylan uses a band, were he goes electric, but the two acoustic songs are two of his very best. And, like I said a few sentences ago, this is one of Dylan's best all time albums."