Bob Dylan’s Planet
Waves is an underrated album. The biggest negative I find with
it, is that for the reformation of Bob Dylan and The Band for their
only true studio album, it could have been better. Especially
considering what each of them had accomplished up through this point
of their careers.
The album starts strong
with three outstanding songs with "Going, Going Gone"
offering the best guitar riffs on the album not to mention
great singing. Following is "Tough Mama" that offers an
upbeat well balanced blues shuffle. After, Planet Waves is a
mixed offering. The albums most popular track, “Forever Young”
is performed twice with the first take a definitive version, where
the latter is a quicker paced version that is less successful (There
are acoustic renditions of “Forever Young" including Bob Dylan at
Budokan and Biograph.).
A few acoustic tracks are
included, the albums last track, “Wedding Song,” a solo
performance, while “Dirge,” is primarily piano and acoustic
guitar accompanying Dylan’s vocals with some nice guitar riffs
throughout. Worth mentioning is “You Angel You,” a nice upbeat
track with strong Robbie Robertson closing riffs.
The question is do you get
disappointed by the fact that Planet Waves could be a better
product if they had taken their time (the album was completed in
three days), or enjoy the output? For Bob Dylan fans there is enough
good material to recommend Planet Waves, and for fans of The
Band it is a strong recommendation.
Barry Small ©