Posted: Dec 30, 2005 10:37 pm
Blonde on Blonde - i think it is the best record ever recorded by anyone.
i like the way the band plays - they feel like they're always on the verge of completely falling apart, yet at the same time, they are so tight and in the pocket - esp. in a track like "absolutely sweet marie." and there's that one verse that just always slays me - in his vocal performance and the sentiment of the lyrics themselves:
'Well, I waited for you when I was half sick
Yes, I waited for you when you hated me
Well, I waited for you inside of the frozen traffic
When you knew I had some other place to be'
perhaps the best poetry/lyrics ever though are in "visions of johanna"
each word is so carefully written and selected... each line conjured a vision so exacting and yet so personal
so visual and yet so ephemeral
'ghosts of 'lectricity howl in the bones of her face'
how can you beat that? that's like john keats level writing.
and of course - the song is full of other visions, which i think dylan probably observed in his lady's room and wrote them down
'jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule'
just an observation but it transmorphed into poetry
in 1966, with so many other great records released, this one stands head and shoulders above all of them - at least for me
BLONDE ON BLONDE takes an element from every genre of music and through a twist of alchemy, makes a whole new one. i think this record changed music forever, changed nashville forever... changed the way people write songs about women. just about every song is about a woman
i am and have been stuck on "lonesome day blues" as a favorite and repeated song ever since the first time i heard it - trying to make sense of the day on the day i bought this disk (9/11/01)...the moment tower records opened and i watched tv in the store until i realized i should get away from downtown