Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs

Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs

by Jim Beviglia

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Overview

Counting Down is a unique series of titles designed to select the best songs or musical works from major performance artists and composers in an age of design-your-own playlists.

For fifty years, Bob Dylan’s music has been a source of wonder to his fans and endless fodder for analysis by music critics. In Counting Down Bob Dylan, rock journalist Jim Beviglia dares to rank these songs in descending order from Dylan’s 100th best to his #1 song. Surveying the near six-decade career of this musical legend, Beviglia offers insightful analyses into the music and lyrics and dishes out important historical information and fascinating trivia to explain why these 100 rank among Dylan’s best to date. At the same time, a portrait of the seemingly inscrutable Dylan emerges through the words of his finest songs, providing both the perfect introduction to his work and a comprehensive new take on this master of American songwriting.

This work will appeal to the legions of Bob Dylan fans who have taken to analyzing his music. Unlike other Dylan books, which vary between the academic and the journalistic, Counting Down Bob Dylan uniquely renders Dylan’s music approachable to new fans by highlighting the powerful emotional forces that fuel his dazzling lyrics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538101872
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Series: Counting Down Series
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 1,207,107
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jim Beviglia writes for the print and online editions of American Songwriter magazine, concentrating on features about classic artists and reviews of new albums. Jim also maintains a blog as his alter ego, The Countdown Kid (http://countdownkid.wordpress.com/), where he counts down the best songs of rock 'n' roll's greatest artists.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Degree in Dylanology Not Required 1

The Countdown 3

100 "Roll on John" (from Tempest, 2012) 3

99 "Love Sick" (from Time Out of Mind, 1997) 5

98 "I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine" (from John Wesley Harding, 1967) 7

97 "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) 9

96 "Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine)" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) 10

95 "Hurricane" (from Desire, 1976) 12

94 "Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anyone Seen My Love)" (from Empire Burlesque, 1985) 14

93 "Abandoned Love" (from Biograph, 1985) 16

92 "All Along the Watchtower" (from John Wesley Harding, 1967) 18

91 "Up to Me" (from Biograph, 1985) 19

90 "Forever Young" (from Planet Waves, 1974) 21

89 "John Brown" (from MTV Unplugged, 1994) 23

88 "Mr. Tambourine Man" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965) 25

87 "One Too Many Mornings" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964) 27

86 "This Dream of You" (from Together Through Life, 2009) 29

85 "Is Your Love in Vain?" (from Street Legal, 1978) 30

84 "The Groom's Still Waiting at tire Altar" (from Shot of Love, 1980) 32

83 "Lay, Lady, Lay" (from Nashville Skyline, 1969) 34

82 "Tempest" (from Tempest, 2012) 36

81 "Farewell, Angelina" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) 38

80 "Isis" (from Desire, 1976) 39

79 "My Back Pages" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964) 41

78 "Going, Going, Gone" (from Planet Waves, 1974) 43

77 "Ballad in Plain D" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964) 45

76 "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) 46

75 "Goin' to Acapulco" (from The Basement Tapes, 1975) 48

74 "High Water (for Charley Patton)" (from "Love and Theft," 2001) 50

73 "'Cross the Green Mountain" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006, 2008) 52

72 "Shooting Star" (from Oh Mercy, 1989) 54

71 "Angelina" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) 56

70 "I Want You" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) 58

69 "I'll Remember You" (from Empire Burlesque, 1985) 59

68 "Gates of Eden" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965) 61

67 "To Ramona" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964) 63

66 "Caribbean Wind" (from Biograph, 1985) 65

65 "I Shall Be Released" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) 67

64 "Rambling, Gambling Willie" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) 69

63 "When the Deal Goes Down" (from Modern Times, 2006) 70

62 "Ballad of a Thin Man" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965) 72

61 "I'm Not There" (from I'm Not There: Original Soundtrack, 2007) 74

60 "Mississippi" (from "Love and Theft," 2001) 76

59 "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert) 78

58 "Million Dollar Bash" (from The Basement Tapes, 1975) 79

57 "Thunder on the Mountain" (from Modern Times, 2006) 81

56 "If You See Her, Say Hello" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) 83

55 "Masters of War" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963) 85

54 "Highlands" (from Time Out of Mind, 1997) 87

53 "Girl from the North Country" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963) 89

52 "Sign on the Window" (from New Morning, 1971) 90

51 "Where Are You Tonight? (Journey through Dark Heat)" (from Street Legal, 1978) 92

50 "When the Ship Comes In" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964) 94

49 "Dark Eyes" (from Empire Burlesque, 1985) 96

48 "Pay in Blood" (from Tempest, 2012) 98

47 "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) 100

46 "Simple Twist of Fate" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) 101

45 "It Ain't Me, Babe" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964) 103

44 "Tweeter and the Monkey Man" (from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, 1988) 105

43 "Workingman's Blues #2" (from Modern Times, 2006) 107

42 "Black Diamond Bay" (from Desire, 1976) 109

41 "Ain't Talkin'" (from Modern Times, 2006) 111

40 "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" (from Biograph, 1985) 112

39 "Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)" (from Street Legal, 1978) 114

38 "Foot of Pride" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) 116

37 "Sara" (from Desire, 1976) 118

36 "Tombstone Blues" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965) 120

35 "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965) 122

34 "Sugar Baby" (from "Love and Theft," 2001) 123

33 "Brownsville Girl" (from Knocked Out Loaded, 1986) 125

32 "Blowin' in the Wind" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963) 127

31 "Most of the Time" (from Oh Mercy, 1989) 129

30 "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963) 131

29 "Last Thoughts on Woody Gudirie" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) 133

28 "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965) 134

27 "Ring Them Bells" (from Oh Mercy, 1989) 136

26 "She's Your Lover Now" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) 138

25 "Things Have Changed" (from The Essential Bob Dylan, 2000) 140

24 "I Threw It All Away" (from Nashville Skyline, 1969) 142

23 "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) 143

22 "Highway 61 Revisited" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965) 145

21 "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (from The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, 1963) 147

20 "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest" (from John Wesley Harding, 1967) 149

19 "The Times They Are A-Changin'" (from The Times They Are A-Changin, 1964) 151

18 "Positively 4th Street" (from Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, 1967) 152

17 "Just Like a Woman" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) 154 16. "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) 156

15 "Red River Shore" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006, 2008) 158

14 "Tangled Up in Blue' (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) 160

13 "Visions of Johanna" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) 161

12 "Chimes of Freedom" (from Another Side of Bob Dylan, 1964) 163

11 "Boots of Spanish Leather" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964) 165

10 "Like a Rolling Stone" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965) 167

9 "Tears of Rage" (from The Basement Tapes, 1975) 168

8 "Every Grain of Sand" (from Shot of Love, 1981) 170

7 "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll" (from The Times They Are A-Changin', 1964) 172

6 "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" (from Bringing It All Back Home, 1965) 174

5 "Not Dark Yet" (from Time Out of Mind, 1997) 176

4 "Idiot Wind" (from Blood on the Tracks, 1975) 178

3 "Desolation Row" (from Highway 61 Revisited, 1965) 180

2 "Blind Willie McTell" (from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3: Rare & Unreleased 1961-1991, 1991) 182

1 "Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" (from Blonde on Blonde, 1966) 184

…And 100 More 187

Bibliography 191

Index 193

About the Author 201

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