RANKING ALL 39 BOB DYLAN STUDIO ALBUMS- #13- MODERN TIMES

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Ranking All 39 Bob Dylan Studio Albums- #13- Modern Times. Bob Dylan’s 32nd studio album- released on August 29, 2006. 5 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 #17- Another Side Of Bob Dylan 1964 #16 -Infidels 1983 #15- Planet Waves 1974, #14- The Basement Tapes 1975 and #13- “Modern Times 2006.

Bob Dylan had a dozen years years or so from the mid 1980’s until 1997 where he was clearly suffering from songwriters block- and his career was at a low ebb. Then in 1997 he made a miraculous comeback- from a potentially life ending serious illness- he released his big comeback album Time Out Of Mind [still to be ranked]- he followed that with Love And Theft [at least something good happened on September 11, 2001} another album still to be ranked- and the third album on his comeback- Modern Times came out in 2006.

The music on Modern Times- was anything but modern, a plus. Old time music like the previous two albums. It would become Bob’s first #1 album since 1976’s Desire. Bob at 65 became the oldest living person to have an album debut at #1. Not only was it a big hit with his fans but also another hit with the critics receiving universal praise. In Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time they ranked it at #204.

Modern Times music covers a number of styles- blues, rockabilly, ballads- and Bob is backed by a great band of musicians. A great sounding album – 10 songs clocking in at a little over an hour. Not a bad song in the bunch- if I had to select a Mount Rushmore- “Thunder On The Mountain’, “Rollin’ And Tumblin’, “Beyond The Horizon” and “Ain’t Talkin'”

Sitting here in 2021 Bob Dylan is coming off of his 39th album released last summer- Rough And Rowdy Ways- his great comeback continues 20 plus years after Time Out Of Mind. The comeback has been remarkable- my question is what if there was no comeback- how would Dylan be viewed today?

2 responses to “RANKING ALL 39 BOB DYLAN STUDIO ALBUMS- #13- MODERN TIMES

  1. Nice montage video of Zimmy. I just read at wiki: “Many of the album’s songs have roots in well-known older compositions, though in all cases, Dylan has given the songs new lyrics.” and then read down the list. Is that the way to go to avoid crediting the original songwriters then? lol. As to your question, I prefer his old stuff so even if he hadn’t had a comeback, he’s a god in my eyes.

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