Bringing It All Back Home – Bob Dylan (1965)

Bringing It All Back Home is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on March 22, 1965 by Columbia Records. The album is divided into an electric and an acoustic side, although the acoustic side included some tracks in which other instruments were backing up Dylan and his guitar, but no drums were used. On side one of the original LP, Dylan is backed by an electric rock and roll band—a move that further alienated him from some of his former peers in the folk music community.[4] Likewise, on the acoustic second side of the album, he distanced himself from the protest songs with which he had become closely identified (such as ‘Blowin’ in the Wind‘ and ‘A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall‘), as his lyrics continued their trend towards the abstract and personal. … Dylan spent much of the summer of 1964 in Woodstock, a small town in upstate New York. Dylan was already familiar with the area, but his visits were becoming longer and more frequent. His manager, Albert Grossman, also had a place in Woodstock, and when Joan Baez went to see Dylan that August, they stayed at Grossman’s house. Baez recalls that ‘most of the month or so we were there, Bob stood at the typewriter in the corner of his room, drinking red wine and smoking and tapping away relentlessly for hours. And in the dead of night, he would wake up, grunt, grab a cigarette, and stumble over to the typewriter again.’  … During this time, Dylan’s lyrics became increasingly surreal. His prose grew more stylistic as well, often resembling stream-of-consciousness writing with published letters dating from 1964 becoming increasingly intense and dreamlike as the year wore on. Dylan eventually returned to the city, and on August 28, he met with The Beatles for the very first time in their New York hotel (during which Dylan reportedly turned the band on to marijuana), a meeting which would bring about the radical transformation of the Beatles’ writing to a more introspective style. …”
Rolling Stone: How Bob Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ ‘Stunned the World’
W – Subterranean Homesick Blues, W – She Belongs to Me, W – Maggie’s Farm, W – Love Minus Zero/No Limit, W – On the Road Again, W – Mr. Tambourine Man, W – Gates of Eden, W – It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding), W – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
YouTube: Subterranean Homesick Blues, Mr. Tambourine Man (Live at the Newport Folk Festival. 1964)
YouTube: Bringing It All Back Home

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