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Dylan Country - Various Artists

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Dylan Country - Various Artists

Dylan Country - Various Artists

The Bottom Line

Bob Dylan was the iconoclastic voice of a generation; he's become a rock-and-roll legend, a living monument to music of all types, from folk's deepest roots to rock, and right in the middle of these is country music, a place where the sly, brilliant poet Dylan has always belonged.
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Pros

  • "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" (Waylon Jennings)
  • "It Ain't Me, Babe" (Johnny Cash)
  • "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (The Byrds)

Cons

  • None.

Description

  • Collection of 16 songs recorded by country artists from 1965 to 2001.
  • A choice cross-segment of Dylan songs and awesome singers.
  • All songs written by Bob Dylan.

Guide Review - Dylan Country - Various Artists

People today seem surprised by Bob Dylan appearing more and more as a seemingly country artist, but they always forget that country and folk were once the same genre, and rock started out as the rockabilly side of country. Dylan's connection to country music shouldn't be surprising at all. The tracks on this collection come from all over and from as early as 1965 when the powerful voice of Johnny Cash raged through "It Ain't Me Babe." Waylon Jennings gives "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" amazing depth and power. From Buck Owens and Emmylou Harris, from Kitty Wells to the Byrds, Bob Dylan's incredible poetry is eminently suited to country music.

Of course, many folks think almost everyone sings Dylan better than Dylan himself, so for those who love Dylan's work but not his voice, this is a real treat. For those of us who don't care who sings it as long as we're hearing Dylan's words, well, it's just as much of a feast for the senses. And there is a bit of Bob himself on the disc, playing guitar to accompany Earl Scruggs on "Nashville Skyline Rag," and joining Willie Nelson for a duet on "Heartland."

None of the tunes here were big hits for either Dylan or the cover artist (with the exception of "Subterranean Homesick Blues," here amazingly revisited by Tim O'Brien), but there are so few Dylan tracks which aren't amazing that doesn't seem to matter. Whether it's the Country Gentlemen or Hank Williams Jr., it's all icing.

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