Friday, January 20, 2012
"The Top Ten Project, Part 6: Dylan In The 80s" : THE WEEKEND MIX
YOUR VOTES ARE IN!
(Did anyone know that the CD above existed? I sure didn't. You can check out what Sony thinks HERE.)
Here's some of what you had to say:
•This is not fair! Dylan might have had some clunkers for albums, but there were a lot of songs that were absolute gems. For instance: Union Sundown - Infidels, talking about a scenario thirty years ago that is front page news today. The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar - Shot of Love, could have been an outtake from Blonde on Blonde. Trust Yourself - Empire Burlesque - a constant theme of his - "I'm not a leader of a generation or a messiah, do it yourself.
•Everything is Broken from Oh Mercy. Or maybe the entire album...
•Hey Sal, make mine "Foot of Pride". To me, this outtake's exclusion from Infidels is even more baffling than that of "Blind Willie McTell". I can hear what Dylan means about never having quite gotten the killer take of "Willie", but the track of "Foot of Pride" is smoldering, swaggering, every bit the equal of the lyrics' jeremiad. And that lyric is as broad and scathing an indictment of modern society as "It's Alright, Ma" was in its day. Ain't no goin' back.
•This is unfair! So, I'm lodging a protest choice. I'll give you two...uh, three, picks, and leave the choosing up to you. My number-one pick would be "Jokerman" (the outtake) or "The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar." Choice number 2, er 3, would be "Every Grain of Sand" (the Biograph version.) Sorry, I'm just too indecisive today. But if I absolutely had to pick one, I think I'd go with "Jokerman."
•Sorry Sal, not a fan of 80's Dylan so I really can't think of one. Not being closed minded, I've heard them all, but I just sort of like the 60's early 70's stuff. Maybe I should re-visit. I don't know.
•Most Of The Time from Oh Mercy, probably the only consistently good album of the decade (from Zimmy, that is). I was going to pick Sweetheart Like You, but the 80's drum sound is too hokey.
•Congratulations from Wilburys I....does that count?....I wish I could be part of this discussion but I honestly know so little of Dylan's '80's output...maybe a top ten here will point me towards itunes and possibly also in the right direction....by the way, I'm serious about Congratulations...lovely lovely song and I'm thinking he had little to no help from the others writing it..
My two cents:
AMG rating than either of them, while "Shot Of Love" gets a weak two-star rating when it includes 4 songs that got voted for more than once.
I was going to post my Top Ten, but it is exactly the same as what you voted for, except for one difference. "Pressing On" made the cut, while I would have chosen "Heart Of Mine."
Here it is, your ten favorite Dylan songs of the 1980s, in ascending order:
Sweetheart Like You
Man In The Long Black Coat
Ring Them Bells
I And I
The Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar
Every Grain Of Sand
Blind Willie McTell
Most Of The Time
"Blind Willie McTell" and "Most Of The Time" ran away with this. Even those who voted for other songs, had disclaimers like, "I'm gonna go with 'Political World,' but 'Blind Willie McTell' is by far the best."
Right about now is where you would grab the zip of the "Weekend Mix," but I must say, I wasn't comfortable with this, seeing as how there is an official disc of virtually the same thing. So, have some patience and tomorrow there will be a special Dylan "Weekend Mix." It's just not ready.
Thanks for playing!