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  •  I'm glad you enjoy my own smatterings of lyricism. (3+ / 0-)

    I think Blonde on Blonde is Dylan's largest album, with Highway 61 and Blood on the Tracks right behind. Dylan said Blonde on Blonde was where he came closest to capturing that "thin, wild mercury sound" that he heard in his head.

    I think there's some unevenness in the tracks on Blonde on Blonde, but that's partly because Dylan's charging in all directions at once (as the Beatles did on the White Album). Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again is epic and hilarious; Visions of Johanna is perhaps my favorite Dylan song; and I Want You is the most perfect pop gem he ever crafted.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat May 25, 2013 at 12:41:06 PM PDT

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    •  That wild mercury sound indeed (2+ / 0-)
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      Someone should (and probably has) count the number of times the word mercury shows up in Dylan tunes. It seems like a lot...though maybe not as many times a backstreet jellyroll shows up in Van Morrison songs.

      I listened to all of Blonde on Blonde again today, and was struck by how much fun it is, mostly, and especially by the delightful I Want You.

      Visions of Johanna is a great song, but it's such a downbeat tune musically that I can't say it's a favorite. Of course the same could be said about Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands, which I love nonetheless.

      Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

      by willyr on Sat May 25, 2013 at 02:38:40 PM PDT

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      •  He's also a Gemini, so he's ruled by Mercury. (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm a great fan of Van Morrison too. He does repeat himself a lot: as on Astral Weeks, when he chants the same phrase until his words drift beyond consciousness; and, as Blake did, with his touchstone images. But every poet gathers favorite images.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sat May 25, 2013 at 07:07:31 PM PDT

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