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February 22, 2014

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Dylan had five golden years, 1961-1966. After that, almost nothing interests (except, arguably, a few songs from the Basement Tapes). Still, those first five years, up to 29 July 1966, were so rich and generative that it doesn't matter. Without pain I can't watch him sleepwalk through his great works, and he hasn't written anything from the center of his being, if he knows where it is, in a long time. His voice is a different voice, not suited to what he did best, but the great period was very great. One honors him for that.

Roger you are lame. Completely lame. And a jerk. An absolute jerk.

-Earl Craig

Beyond 1966 for sure. Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding, and even (shudder) Nashville Skyline were important records, especially the first one. Would you rather listen to Joan Baez or Dylan sing "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands"? Powerful stuff.

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