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John Wesley Harding [Digipak]


  • 1. John Wesley Harding
    2. As I Went Out One Morning
    3. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
    4. All Along the Watchtower
    5. Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest, The
    6. Drifter's Escape
    7. Dear Landlord
    8. I Am a Lonesome Hobo
    9. I Pity the Poor Immigrant
    10. Wicked Messenger, The
    11. Down Along the Cove
    12. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 90320

  • Credits
    ProducerBob Johnston; Steve Berkowitz (Reissue)
    EngineerCharlie Bragg

    Personnel: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano); Pete Drake (steel guitar); Charles McCoy (bass); Kenny Buttrey (drums).
    Includes liner notes by Bob Dylan.
    This is a stereo hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
    Personnel: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano); Pete Drake (steel guitar); Kenny Buttrey (drums).
    Photographer: David Gahr.
    Bob Dylan's eighth album followed a lengthy hibernation due to a motorcycle accident in which the singer re-evaluated his art. He emerged with a set of stark simplicity and heartfelt intensity, melding folk, rock, and country with a mesmerizing power that set off a huge back-to-basics movement in rock that lasted well into the next decade. A biblical purity encompasses the collection as Dylan paints graphic portraits of the disenfranchised--hobo, immigrant, drifter, messenger--articulating the uncertainty of the times. The best-known song here is the apocalyptic "All Along the Watchtower," which would soon be electrically redefined by Jimi Hendrix. The mood lifts on the final track "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," a beautifully tender love song, suggesting that this is where salvation lies. John Wesley Harding repays repeated play with ever-unfolding metaphor and interpretation, including four hidden Beatles on the cover.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (4/11/02, p.106) - Ranked #15 in Rolling Stone's "50 Coolest Records".
    Rolling Stone (3/30/00, p.68) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...one of Dylan's most cryptic and thematically complex albums....its songs are rife with religious imagery, both explicit and implied....a masterful move - the original Dylan unplugged."
    Q (Magazine) (p.111) - "[T]his spare collection of outlaw allegories and Biblical allusions is in stark contrast to the louder aesthetics prevailing elsewhere at the time..."
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