Tuesday, 24 May 2011
All The Best, Bob
As you will be aware Bob Dylan is seventy today.
I started listening to Dylan in my early teens as a mate of mines father was slightly obsessed with him. I loved a lot of what I heard but some things, like the born again Christian albums Saved and Slow Train Coming just did nothing for me.
I remember staying up to listen to him on Live Aid and being bitterly disappointed as he was pish, nearly as bad as the previous year when I had seen him at St James' Park, Newcastle. So my experience of Dylan live has not made me think that I have missed out on anything on his subsequent tours of the UK. I will stick to my albums.
Here is my favourite ever Dylan song from the acclaimed 1975 album, Blood On The Tracks. Simple Twist Of Fate, for me is one of the most beautiful songs of love and longing that I have ever heard and I never get sick of listening to it. I know that Dylan will always be seen as the archetypal protest singer and produced arguably the greatest songs in that field during the 60s but for me it's always this track that I think of when anybody mentions Dylan.
Happy Birthday bob.
Bob Dylan - Simple Twist Of Fate