Ranking All 39 Bob Dylan Studio Albums- #17 – Another Side Of Bob Dylan - Released August 8, 1964. Bob Dylan’s 4th studio album. 4 Stars.
The countdown so far 39- Dylan -1973 38- Down In The Groove -1988 37-Knocked Out Loaded- 1986 36-Christmas In The Heart- 2009 35-Under A Red Sky- 1990 34-Saved- 1980 33-Fallen Angels 2016 32- Good As I Been To You- 1992 31- World Gone Wrong 1993 30- Triplicate 2017. 29- Shadows In The Night. 2015 28- Self Portrait 1970- 27- Bob Dylan- Bob Dylan 1962, 26- Empire Burlesque 1985, 25- Street Legal 1978, 24- Nashville Skyline 1969 23- Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid 1973- 22- Shot Of Love 1981 21. New Morning- 1970 20. Rough And Rowdy Ways -2020, #19- Tempest 2012 18. Together Through Life 2009 and now #17- Another Side Of Bob Dylan 1964.
In my countdown of Bob Dylan albums- up until this album #17 Another Side Of Bob Dylan I have listed only one of Bob Dylan’s nine 1960’s albums, his debut album. Another Side Of Bob Dylan while it has some excellent songs on it- in comparison to The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan and The Times They Are A-Changin’- and also seeing his excellent work the rest of the decade that followed- feels like a one step back before taking a couple steps forward.
This was Bob Dylan’s last acoustic album for 30 years. He would with his next album- Bringing It All Back Home turn his back on folk music which was a great move. The shelf life for protest singers isn’t a long one. Dylan was in a bad way at this point- his personal life and relationships were troubled. He had finally ‘made it” and was dealing with the pressures of his career. He seems out of sorts on this album. It is a transitional record. The highlights-and they are fantastic- My Mount Rushmore of Another Side Of Bob Dylan “All I Really Want To Do”, “Chimes Of Freedom”, “My Back Pages” and the best of the bunch “It Ain’t Me Babe.” Dylan on this album went personal. His relationship with long time girlfriend Suze Rotolo had ended and “Ballad In Plain D” is an 8 minute attack on Suze’s sister Carla. I read somewhere a few years ago where Dylan even admitted that he may have been better off just keeping that one to himself. There are sub-par Dylan songs on this but the great ones more than balance them out. Soon he would meet The Beatles and The Byrds would be covering his music in a new way- and Dylan would go electric himself.