A profile photograph of Dylan with a deep blue background

  • BOB DYLAN: GREATEST HITS : 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Today marks the seventy-seventh birthday of a friend of us all- Mr. Bob Dylan. This is the first of many greatest hits, best of packages that have been released over the years and the first Dylan album I ever bought. The first artists I ever got into were The Beatles, Bob came after that. Ten Dylan classics from the early years of his career. This is his best selling album in the US- certified 5X platinum.

Surprise album cover.jpg

  • PAUL SIMON: SURPRISE: 2006: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Paul joins forces with Brian Eno. An overlooked album that has a number of interesting songs. A comeback for Simon who was still smarting from the Capeman failure. Best songs- Outrageous, Father and Daughter, How Can You Live In The Northeast, That’s Me, Beautiful. An overlooked near masterpiece. Well worth examining.

A black-and-white photo of several men standing in a wooded field, with Dylan in the center

  • BOB DYLAN: JOHN WESLEY HARDING: 1967: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS:  18 months had passed since Blonde On Blonde. Dylan had his motorcycle accident and had been silent. Back then 18 months between albums was forever. What was Dylan up to? In 1967 when the rock world was going psychedelic Bob Dylan was silent until the last days of the year when he released this album which is about as far from 1967 sound as you could be. Again- Bob being the artist and doing his own thing and not the expected or following the trends. This album holds up better than most of the other albums from the time. Sgt. Pepper was a great album no doubt but to me it sounds like a time piece with 1967 Summer of Love marked on it. This album could have come out yesterday and sounded in the right time. Best known song on this set is of course “All Along The Watchtower” due to the great Jimi Hendrix version.


A black-and-white photograph of Bob Dylan

  • BOB DYLAN: NEW MORNING: 1970: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: Dylan seemed to be in a slump- Self Portrait released in June of 1970 received terrible reviews including the famous Greil Marcus Rolling Stone review that began with “What is this shit?” This was much better. I don’t know if there are any classics on here but I especially  like If Not For You, Day Of The Locusts, New Morning, The Man In Me.

also listened in the evening to 2 of the 3 hours of this weeks NEON BEAT on Radio George.




  1. The greatest hits album was the first Dylan album I bought. I remember that great poster that came with it. Just bought the original again with the poster.

  2. My first Dylan album was Greatest Hits Vol. 2 – Vol. 1 was out of stock that day. Good descriptions of the other two albums. I love both of them. Greil Marcus is a bit full of himself.

    • It’s funny how- Self Portrait is now looked at by some as a hidden classic as part of the bootleg series.

Comments are closed.