Dylan Redux

How’s it going, everybody? I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know what to expect from the site in the upcoming weeks, because, believe me, there’s going to be a lot going on.

As those of you who have tuned in lately know, I’ve shifted the focus to album reviews in Countdown Kid-style. It dawned on me that it would be more fun to do this one artist at a time instead of randomly picking an album each Monday and Friday. This way we can really delve into an artist’s career and compare eras , albums, and songs in much the same way as my countdowns did. So that’s what we’ll do from now on: Take on an artist or band album-by-album in chronological order.

With that in mind, we start off a little later today (and we’ll up the output to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the time being) with the albums of Bob Dylan. This will give me a chance to riff on songs that didn’t make my original Top 200 Dylan list and to revisit Dylan with new insights.

It will also help to make up for the fact that, sadly, I must take the original Dylan countdown off the site for now. The fact is that I have a book coming out in July based on that same list, and while what’s in the book significantly embellishes upon and varies from the relatively short essays I originally wrote for the countdown on the site, there are enough similarities in the rankings that leaving the list on site would provide a bit of a spoiler.

Rest assured that those of you who read the list originally will still be getting a wealth of new stuff in the book, including songs from Tempest, which wasn’t even out when I wrote the original list, and, as I stated above, greatly beefed-up essays that hopefully tell Dylan’s story through his best songs. Plus you’ll be getting the album reviews on the site that give my humble opinions on practically every Dylan song off his studio albums. And, at some point down the road, I will re-post #200-101 of the list with updated essays.

Those of you who are new to the site, I hope you enjoy the album reviews and, if your interest is stoked, check out the book for even more.

So enjoy this new initiative, check out the links to the books when you get a chance, and, as always, keep those comments coming. Have a good one.

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5 Comments on “Dylan Redux”

  1. B. Egan says:

    Yes, Yes, YES!!! Dylan albums… Count me in and thanks.

  2. AndyF says:

    Very happy to hear you have a Dylan book coming out based on your 200 list but I BEG you, Kid, downgrade that Lowlands lady and put Johanna in her rightful place at #1.

    • countdownkid says:

      Well, I can’t say if the rankings have changed, but I couldn’t change them now even if I wanted to, because the book is being printed now. You’ll just have to buy a copy to see where the Lowlands lady ends up.

  3. John says:

    Are you going to do the following?
    The Basement Tapes
    Bootleg Series Vol 1-3
    Bootleg Series Vol 8 Tell Tale Signs

    These 3 releases capture the majority of songs not on his proper albums and I think of these as complementary albums and not your typical compilations.

    • countdownkid says:

      I’m going to do Basement Tapes, but not the other two. The other two are more compilations, while Basement Tapes was recorded all at a certain time and has the feel of an album. Just the Dylan songs though. Look for it tomorrow.

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