Hey, Mr. Tambourine men...


Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 1:11 a.m.

This week, Aurora listens to..."Bringing It All Back Home," by Bob Dylan (1965)

AURORA: Bill, I was so happy when you gave me Bob Dylan to listen to. I have been a fan of his music since I discovered him through my uncle, and have been listening to his folk rock gems for quite some time. Yet, when this album's first tune, "Subterranean Homesick Blues," blasted through my car radio on a lengthy trip, I was floored. The song proves that Dylan was a talented, late '60s songwriter and lyrics such as "Johnny's in the basement mixing up the medicine / I'm on the pavement thinkin' about the Government," speak loudly about times of war, uncertainty and a not-so-sweet escape many young people drifted toward at the time: drugs.
BILL: This 1965 album, Dylan's fifth, marked his first excursion into electric rock 'n' roll, with songs like "Maggie's Farm" filling the "electric" first side, and "Mr. Tambourine Man" on the second, "folk" side. But the whole album reflects his evolution in the '60s, including the imprint of hearing The Animals' rock version of "House of the Rising Sun" (which Dylan had recorded acoustically on his first album).
AURORA:Bob Dylan might not be a punk rocker, but his crafty style of telling tales through his music and making sure the listener related to the anger and pain of a generation truly stands out. "Mr. Tambourine Man," which teases the audience with its crafty words, stands out because it starts off with the chorus and then drifts into the instrumental sounds of Dylan's rockin' abilities. BILL: Also on the "acoustic" side, don't forget "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)," which has such classic Dylan lines as "He not busy being born is busy dying" and "Even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked."
AURORA: Though I have been familiar with Dylan for awhile, and fell in love with his son Jacob from "The Wallflowers" back in the late '90s, I was glad to listen to such a great CD. It ends beautifully with "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." If folk rock wasn't taking off then, this definitely contains the songs that would've had people listening intently. And looking back to rock history, we see that it did. And today, Dylan rocks on as quite the musical legend.

This week, Bill listens..."Bringing Down The Horse" by The Wallflowers (1996)

b>BILL: If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, it sometimes rolls around and finds its own path. When this second album from Jakob Dylan's band came out in 1996, it made enough of a splash to shatter notions that he would simply emulate his famous father. Sure, there are some similarities in junior's vocal inflections (and in that swirling Hammond B3 sound), but on this album, the younger Dylan baked a nice apple turnover instead, and that's a compliment.
AURORA:Is it time for compliments? Oh, I'm excited about those, Bill! Jakob is a total hottie, with his nice light eyes and dark hair, no to mention height. And, musical talent as well? This band is the whole package, even if they did start off a little on the questionable side.
BILL: Yes, after the first Wallflowers album landed with a thud in 1992, the band regrouped with several new players for "Bringing Down the Horse," and it brought the house down as well, to the point where songs like "6th Avenue Heartache" and "One Headlight" remain among the group's best-known work.
AURORA:"One Headlight" is one of my favorite songs and videos to date. The band truly stood out in this song, and the beginning guitar riff and steady beating of the drums that follows, I was won.
BILL: Along with "Three Marlenas," I'm partial to some of the album's upbeat tunes as well, including "God Don't Make Lonely Girls," which adds a little apple tartness to the family bakery.

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