Dylan’s debut album 60 years ago changed the times
Bob Dylan is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on March 19, 1962 by Columbia Records.

Before the Beatles and the Rolling Stones altered the music world with their first albums during the mid-1960s, there was Bob Dylan. The singer-songwriter, who is arguably the greatest bard in rock and folk history, changed the game. Dylan’s impact was massive. Prior to the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s emergence, the goal was to sound as smooth and suave as Spokane’s favorite son, Bing Crosby. Dylan’s gritty and unpolished voice belted out poetic and meaningful lyrics that grabbed ears starting with his eponymous debut, which was released March 19, 1962. It’s hard to believe it’s been 60 years since Dylan became a recording artist. There are a number of traditional tracks on his initial album but the highlights are Dylan’s brilliant early work, such as “Talkin’ New York” and “Song For Woody.” The latter, a tip of the cap to Dylan’s hero, folk icon Woody Guthrie, is a sign of future greatness. Dylan’s raspy voice and confessional lyrics are compelling. Who would ever guess that Dylan would take it to an unfathomable echelon? Has any solo artist of the rock era touched Dylan in terms of exceptional albums? There’s 1964’s “Another Side of Bob Dylan,” 1965’s “Highway 61 Revisited,” 1966’s “Blonde on Blonde” and that’s just the early years of Dylan. There’s been great Dylan in every era. 1975’s “Blood on the Tracks” is amazing. 1985’s “Empire Burlesque” is a classic. “Time Out of Mind,” which dropped in 1997, is phenomenal. 2006’s “Modern Times” is brilliant. And then there is 2020’s “Rough and Rowdy Ways.” At 79, Dylan wrote and recorded an album that is easily in the top 10 of his unparalleled career. His take […]

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