Friday, 1 July 2016

What we're listening to Bob Dylan 'At The Budokan'

We've already blogged two Dylan Albums - 'Desire' and 'Street Legal' - both well worth the effort. Although we're not true fans in Streamabout, this is probably our last Dylan recommendation, 'At The Budokan'.

It's a live Album from 1979 and using the same Band from 'Street Legal' from The Budokan Hall Concerts in Tokyo. It was fairly savaged by critics at the time and that's hard to fathom. Really.

Although more a 'greatest hits' from songs at the time it features great arrangements of 'Ballad of a thin man', the excellent 'One more cup of coffee', 'Is your love in vain' and the terrific 'Simple twist of fate'. 

You'll recognise a lot in here too like 'All along the Watchtower', 'Blowin in the wind', 'Mr. Tambourine Man', 'Shelter from the Storm', 'Maggies Farm' and 'Forever Young' so you'll know a lot of the songs.

Whatever about the critics, it's definitely one to have. In our view, Dylan at his finest in fact and there's always a rawness, a difference in a live Album that makes it interesting. Very much highlights the singer/songwriter in him and really brings home his greatness which, fans or not, there's little doubting.

A definite for our list anyway. 

Previous "listen to's" you'll also find on this blog (you can search them in the Search top left on the Blog)......Van "It's too late to stop now Volume 2/3/4"; Air 'Moon Safari'; Talking Heads 'Stop Making Sense'; Lynyrd Skynyrd 'One for the road'; Marvin Gaye 'Whats Goin on'; Mercury Rev 'Deserters Songs'; Dave Matthews 'Crash'; Beyonce 'Lemonade'; Prince 'Sign O the times'; Daft Punk 'Random Access Memories'; Amy Winehouse 'Back to Black';Police 'Outlandos D'Amour'; Michael Jackson 'Off the Wall'; Carole King 'Tapestry'; Beatles 'Red Album'; Sex Pistols 'Never mind the Bollocks'; Sam Cooke 'Live at Harlem Square'; The Doors 'LA Woman'; Thin Lizzy 'Live & Dangerous'; Kendrick Lamarr 'Butterfly'; Aretha Franklin 'Amazing Grace'; Clapton '461'; Massive Attack 'Blue Lines'; The Clash 'London Calling'; Chris Isaak 'At The Filmore'; Bob Dylan 'Street Legal'; Bad Company 'Straight Shooter'; Jackson Browne 'Love is Strange'; Lou Reed 'Transformer'; Steely Dan 'AJA'; Stones 'Black+Blue'; Stephen Bishop 'Careless'; Nils Lofgren 'Night after Night'; Mike Oldfield 'Tubular Bells'; Neil Young 'Harvest'; Led Zep '4'; David Bowie 'David Live'; Van Morrison 'It's too late to stop now'; Wings 'Band on the Run'; Rod Stewart 'Atlantic Crossing'; Ryan Adams 'Heartbreaker'; Santana 'Essential'; Bob Dylan 'Desire'; Roxy Music 'For your pleasure'; Bob Marley 'Legend'; Stephen Fretwell 'Magpie'; James Taylor 'Sweet Baby James'; Deep Purple 'Machine Head'; Springsteen 'Darkness on the edge of town'; Leon Bridges 'Coming Home'; Eagles 'Hotel California'; Jungle; Aretha 'Soul Queen'; Neil Young 'After the Goldrush' ; Zappa 'Overnite Sensation'; Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours'; Keith Jarrett 'Koln Concert'; Doobies 'Southbound'; Stevie Earle 'I feel Alright'; Tom Waits 'Closing Time'; Pink Floyd 'Dark Side'; Van Morrison 'Moondance'; Eric Church 'Caught in the Act'; Randy Newman 'Little Criminals'; Elton John 'Madman across the water'; Patti Smith 'Horses'; Doobies 'Captain and Me'; Steely Dan 'Can't Buy a Thrill'.