Music of the day

Seems that Dylan is the music of the day for the userland side of the net. (“Brent” and “Dave”)

I’ve been going through Blood on the Tracks and Highway 61 Revisited today. I can’t name a favorite. Blood on the Tracks stands as a complete work, starting from Tangled up in Blue, going through Idiot Wind, You’re going to make me lonesome when you go, and finishing with Shelter from the Storm and Buckets of Rain.

All said and done, I’ve heard maybe two of these songs on the radio. They don’t amount to as much when they are not played in their order. Each song is a setup to the next; Shelter from the Storm just doesn’t mean as much when it’s packaged as a #45 of 100 hits of the 60’s.

‘You’re an idiot babe, it’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe’

Then again, there’s the cathartic end of Highway 61 Revisited. Desolation Row, that is a wall of noise asthetic in harmonica and guitar. The whole album structure reminds me of the Cowboy Junkies; who generally set up the last song on an album to be quietly jarring, a soft harmonic lead in, and an disharmonic resolution.

So napster fans, is there a way to find entire albums? I’m looking for a clean digital copy of “The Name of this Band is the Talking Heads”. I have a decaying vinyl version and far too much computer power for my own good.

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