Another Side of Bob Dylan

Another Side of Bob Dylan

Recorded in one sessionJune 9, 1964
Released on August 8, 1964

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Another Side of Bob Dylan

Columbia realized by 1964 that Bob Dylan was a star. Although his first album, the eponymous Bob Dylanhad barely sold in it's first year (2,500 copies), Dylan's song writing skills and reputation among fellow folk artists grew quickly.

Another Side of Bob Dylan was his fourth album and each one had been a step further in his development. That first album was not really "his" album, he having written only two of the thirteen songs.

This album was all his.

The tracks

Side one

  1. All I Really Want to Do
  2. Black Crow Blues
  3. Spanish Harlem Incident
  4. Chimes of Freedom
  5. I Shall Be Free No. 10
  6. To Romona

Side two

  1. Motorpsycho Nitemare
  2. My Back Pages
  3. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
  4. Ballad in Plain D
  5. It Ain’t Me Babe
Dylan was changing his tone. He said of this album that "there aren't any finger-pointing songs." His style was more poetic than previous works. He served as pop music's turn signal. What a musician writes can be much more personal.

Maggie’s Farm

It will be at the 1965 Newport Folk that Dylan will take his public step away from folk-protest and go electric. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band will accompany him as well as the Newport boos.

He "...ain't gonna' work on Maggie's Farm no more." 

And I thought the song was about some guy tired of farm work.

1965

Think of 1965. By December the Beatles will have released Rubber Soul and when the Beatles changed, bands and record companies followed. The bands perhaps as much as in self-expression as their search for success; the record companies in search of a better bottom line.

To Ramona

When Dylan sang "To Ramona" at Newport in 1965 he introduced the song, he said, "This is called 'To Ramona.' Ramona. It's just a name."

Today we realize its much more than "just a name." 

Dylan's relationship with New York City girlfriend and political muse Suzy Rotolo (see Freewheelin' Bob Dylan) had ended with a 1963 abortion. His ongoing relationship with Joan Baez, who had brought him to the attention of the Newport crowd in 1963, was fading  was fading and she was much more than "just a name."

All Music said the album was, "...one of his very best records, a lovely intimate affair."

Everything passes
 Everything changes
 Just do what you think you should do
 And someday, maybe
 Who knows, baby
 I'll come and be cryin' to you.
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