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Bob Dylan “Bringing It All Back Home”

I would have been too young to appreciate this record when it came out, I suppose, though I kind of wish my parents were Dylan fans and I would have heard all this. Or maybe not. This has to be a lot of people’s favorite Dylan record, it’s got some of his best songs and maybe a better overall early rock’n’roll sound than any of them. I’ve always just kind of ignored it, I don’t know why. Just read the liner notes on back, written by Bob with minimal caps and punctuation—surreal and cryptic but pretty good. The cover photo is BD and a woman in a red dress holding a cigarette, sitting with a bunch of records and magazines in front of a fireplace. BD is holding a grey kitten. They’re all staring right at the photographer with remarkably similar expressions. I wonder whatever happened to that cat. Or that woman. Or that fireplace.

I wouldn’t want to have to say what my favorite Dylan songs are (or maybe I would like to, and I should make one of those favorite 100 songs lists—but I’ll have to listen to them all, some rainy day)—but “Maggie’s Farm” has to be one of my favorites. Is this the record that marked Dylan’s shift to electric rock’n’roll and rejection of the folk scene? It does have “Mr. Tambourine Man” on it, but then ends with “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” Who is playing on this record, anyway? There is no listing of musicians.

There is, folded up inside, a huge poster of that classic BD drawing (is it by Milton Glaser?—that’s the name in the upper corner)—it’s his head in profile, with big multicolored hair. The colors are lovely pastel shades. Did this come with this record, or just happen to get stuck in here? It’s never been hung up—there are no holes or tape-damaged corners. I bet I could sell this for some serious bread on eBay, and the people who own this cabin would never notice. (I’d just have to remember to edit this before publishing it.) Does some cafe around here have wifi where I could run my sale? Could I make enough for gas money back to civilization? So many questions, today, and so few satisfactory answers.

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1 Response to “Bob Dylan “Bringing It All Back Home””


  1. 1 Jerf
    December 21, 2017 at 10:28 am

    This is definitely one of my favorite Bob records. I was thinking that was Joan Bayez on the cover, but Wikipedia informs me that it’s Bob’s manager’s wife, and they know what happened to her. No word on the kitten, though.

    It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue is one of the best songs ever written, I think (though it’s not nearly as “entertaining” as all of side 1 of this album) — so many people have done covers of it, in many different ways, and I have yet to hear one bad version of it. Somehow the audacity of the song transcends all genres and performers.

    We used to do a sort of post-punk version of Maggie’s Farm in The Bad Crabs, which was a lot of fun to play. At least one of the band members was unaware for a long time that it was a Bob song.


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