Album Review: “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” By Bob Dylan
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His First Classic
Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album was good but it mostly had covers. With his sophomore studio effort however, 11 out of the 13 tracks are original and it was a pivotal moment for him because it wouldn’t be long until he established himself as a prolific songwriter. Before he became a full-fledged rockstar in the mid-’60s, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” was his contribution to the folk movement.
While not flawless, it’s an essential 1960s record. Anyone who needs an introduction to Bob Dylan must first listen to this as it guarantees an enjoyable listening experience. It’s a mix of love songs, social and political commentary, and Dylan added a bit of his humor for good measure. It captured the ’60s sound, documented various issues of the time, and yet it remains timeless.
Most of the key tracks are on the side one – “Blowin’ In The Wind”, “Girl From The North Country”, “Masters Of War”, and “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall”. But even the deep cuts on side two are just as stellar. The guitar work, the harmonica playing, and vocal performance – Dylan’s musicianship is next level on this LP.
“The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” may not be his absolute best album but it’s a must-have for every Bob Dylan fan.