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Time Out Of Mind by Bob Dylan




I knew this album was IT as soon as I heard the opening chords to "Love Sick". Recorded when he was 57 years old this is - in my opinion - Dylan's masterpiece and as far as rock albums are the best piece of music ever written.

Here's a very detailed review from someone at CDNOW:

I had the pleasure and the honor of listening to "Time out of Mind" in its entirety this evening with a set of headphones. Time has a very spontaneous, improvisational style of performance on most of the tracks by all of the musicians involved. This album has a stripped down sound to it, a very "live" sound. There are 2 guitarists playing at all times on 7 out of 11 tracks, each plucking and strumming short chords continuosly, constantly improvising bluesy, jazzy style guitar work. Sounds great with headphones, each guitarist have his doing his own thing, one in the left channel and the otherin the right channel of my headset. Excellent layering of guitar work, organ and powerful bass riffs.

Dylan has reinvented himself once again. This is the album that will establish himself in the 90's as a musical genius. Those who have written him off will be very surprised with this effort. I consider it to be his finest album since "Blood on the Tracks". Bobs voice is excellent throughout. Very little indication of any straining on his vocals. His voice belongs on this record.

"Love Sick" Has a smokey bar room mood about it telling the story about some sort of heartbreak. Similar to the slow, spooky sound of "Man in a Long Black Coat". Monologue style of singing and very effective. Dylan has now adapted his song writing and singing around his vocal abilities. This song has a "bayou" style sound to it similar to some of CCR and John Fogerty songs.

"Dirt Road Blues" struck me at first as sounding like "Maggies Farm" in a way. This is also sort of a jazzy, bluesy type of a "Rock-a-Billy", very up-tempo, "Rockin-at-Midnight tune. If someone had popped this tune in and told me it was a boot from 1963, I would have believed him except for the vocals.

"Standing in the Doorway" This is the first slow, mellow song on the album. Nice rhythm. A swaying style song, struck me as being similar to "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" by Elvis. Excellent vocals, Clear voice. Nice rhythm guitar.

"Million Miles" is another very jazzy, bluesy, smokey bar room mood type of song. Excellent layering of guitar licks in each channel of my headset, each guitar doing its own thing. Very nice jazzy drum work, similar to the style in Brubeck's "Take Five". Excellent organ work. Very up-beat, driving bass guitar. Really starting to get into this album, one excellent trafter another, not a dull tune in the bunch yet.

"Tryin' to Get to Heaven" is the 2nd slow piece on the album. Very simple chords, strumming on the electric guitar, light organ. Live sound. Excellent vocals, voice sounds very good. A short and sweet harmonica solo closes this track. This is the only use of harmonica I noticed on the entire album.

"Till I Fell in Love With You" Another jazzy, very bluesy track. Very funky guitars in each channel, nicely layered. Excellent use of organ and electric piano (at least it sounded like electric piano). Reminded me of the funky electric jazz piano sound and riffs of Deodato's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" from 1973. Also has some more of that "Bayou" sounding, layered guitar work. A very beautiful combination (very cool)combination and layering of instruments. Left me with the feeling I had after

listening to the B.O.B. version of "Visions of Johanna" for the first time.

"Not Dark Yet" Floating-like feelings from this track. Really nice electric guitar chord strumming and plucking. Very layered guitar work, very bluesy and jazzy sound.

"Cold Irons Bound" One of the high points of this tape. Lead by heavy, up-beat bass and what sounds like spoons throughout. Struck me as having "reggae"(?) style percussion at first. Another incredible, incredible piece, and not even through the whole album yet. Absolutely amazing track. The Dylan/Lanois team really packed a punch with this piece. This track produces so much imagery with the lyrics, vocals and instrumentation. Very psychologically powerful track. Remove the lyrics and you could use this as the backdrop instrumental for Freddie Kruger sharpening his fingertip blades in "Friday the 13th part Twelve" Incredible layering of short guitar licks in each channel constantly building and rebuilding, inter-woven and inter-twined over, under and around each chord. Excellent driving music for the desert or mountains in Utah or Arizona on a bright, summer day. This song is unlike anything I have ever heard before. Spooky, almost scary track. Very well written song. Only a carefully calculated, thoroughly planned studio session by a genius could produce such material. This track is going to turn some heads.

"To Make you feel my Love" Quite a ballad. I can understand why Billy Joel would want to record this piece. "Pretty".

"Can't Wait" is another funky, layered, bluesy tune. Excellent guitar and organ work. The guitar work is so incredible in stereo on this track as is throughout the album. A touch of that "bayou" style guitar again. Excellent vocals, monologue style delivery.

"Highlands" has a live studio feeling to it. A drifting along sort of flowing feeling. Some more of that "bayou" style guitar playing again. Vocals are delivered in another monologue style. Excellent use of percussion with what sounds like a stick and a block of wood. Great layering of guitar work with the plucking and strumming of chords. The timing strikes me as being similar to that of "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest". Sounds very similar to "Clothes Line Saga", but unique. I closed my eyes and felt like I was floating along on a raft in the southern part of the Mississippi in a backwoods bayou area. Another excellent, perfectly chosen combination of lyrics, instruments and vocals. For those who enjoy "The Basement Tapes" sessions, you will love this track. The 16 plus minutes af this track seemed more like 6 or 7 minutes to me. Time flies when you have fun.

To close, I would like to say that Bob Dylan has created another masterpiece with "Time out of Mind". He has reinvented himself once again with an album packed full of surprises with every track. An album full of songs and instrumental combinations unlike anything I have ever heard before. This is a very deep, psychologically stimulating, thought provoking collection of compositions.

The only words that come into my mind at this moment are "thank you Bob Dylan" and "welcome back"

Richard H. Berns