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John Wesley Harding album review

Bob Dylan's album John Wesley Harding's music takes a modern approach to folk. Instead of just an acoustic guitar and harmonica Dylan added a tight back-up band consisting of a bass and drummer that often add drama to the material, performing in lockstep with Dylan.

The songs generally offer a similar format; a brief harmonica introduction, and then Dylan performing story like songs, arguably monotonous. Among the material is the classic "All Along the Watchtower."

The album strays from the format with "Dear Landlord" that features Dylan playing piano giving a slightly different feel than the other songs. The vocal tone on "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" foretells Nashville Skyline's singing.

Peter Drake adds pedal steel on the last two tracks, again showing the direction of his next album, Nashville Skyline. First, "Down Along the Cove" offers superb jamming with the harp and pedal steel trading off solos to a back drop of a piano led rhythm backing. The more popular song "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" is more laid back, and is a pure country song, a la Dylan.

John Wesley Harding is certainly a strong album that offers much for fans of Dylan's folk and story songs. by Barry Small
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Any Grateful Dead or Jerry Garcia band fans?

The Grateful Dead performed "All Along the Watchtower," on a regular basis.

Dylan and The Dead - During their tour with the Dead backing Dylan in 1987, they performed:
"I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" - featured Garcia on pedal steel,
"All Along The Watchtower"
"The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest"
The Wicked Messenger."

Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunder's band Legion of Mary from 1975 performed:
"The Wicked Messenger"

Jerry Garcia and David Grisman included a rendition of "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest" on their 2004 release Been All Around This World.

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1. John Wesley Harding (Dylan) - 2:58
2. As I Went Out One Morning (Dylan) - 2:49
3. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (Dylan) - 3:53
4. All Along the Watchtower (Dylan) - 2:31
5. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest (Dylan) - 5:35
6. Drifter's Escape (Dylan) - 2:52
7. Dear Landlord (Dylan) - 3:16
8. I Am a Lonesome Hobo (Dylan) - 3:19
9. I Pity the Poor Immigrant (Dylan) - 4:12
10. The Wicked Messenger (Dylan) - 2:02
11. Down Along the Cove (Dylan) - 2:23
12. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Dylan) - 2:34

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Bob Dylan - Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Kenneth A. Buttrey - Drums
Charlie McCoy - Bass
Pete Drake - Guitar (Steel)

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Label - Sony  
1967

Much of Bob Dylan's catalogue was reissued with SACD with significant sonic upgrades. Be sure to get that version of the John Wesley Harding.

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