Bob Dylan - Modern Times

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Reissue

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Modern Times is the thirty second studio album by American singer songwriter Bob Dylan, originally released in August 2006 via Columbia Records.

Modern Times is the third album in Dylan’s so called “renaissance” after Time Out Of Mind and Love And Theft, hailed as his third straight masterpiece. It was cut in New York over the course of a little more than a month with Dylan's road band, which had a mere 113 shows of the Never Ending Tour under its belt. The songs are almost evenly divided between blues ready-mades, old-timey two-steps and stately marches full of prophecy. The band - seasoned by night after night of responding to the spontaneous reinvention that makes Dylan's shows the longest-running miracle in rock & roll - jumps at the master's call, bringing rockabilly twang, Chicago street muscle, cowboy swing or le jazz hot languor.

In sound and feel, Modern Times recalls the kind of music working bands would cut on the fly between gigs, a mixture of unique inventions and variations on hand-me-downs touched by the leader's genius. Almost every song retraces the American journey from the country to the city, when folkways were giving way to modern times. The mood is America on the brink - of mechanization, of war, of domestic tranquillity, of fulfilling its promise and of selling its dreams one by one for cash on the barrelhead.

Dylan has always said that time means nothing to him and during the previous ten years, he had been making music that showed just this. There is no precedent in rock & roll for the territory Dylan was opening with albums that stand alongside the accomplishments of his wild youth.

Modern Times is something different. It's less terrifying, less funny on first listen. But it has more command, more clarity. This music is relaxed; it has nothing to prove. It is music of accumulated knowledge, it knows every move, anticipates every step before you take it. Producing himself for the second time running, Dylan has captured the sound of tradition as an ever-present, a sound he's been working on since his first album, in 1962.

These songs stand alongside their sources and are meant to, which is why their sources are so obvious, so direct: "Rollin' And Tumblin' " gives a cowboy gallop and new lyrics to Muddy Waters' 1950 hit of the same name; "Someday Baby" mellow-downs Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips"; "The Levee's Gonna Break" jumps off from Memphis Minnie's "When The Levee Breaks"; "Nettie Moore" lifts a line from a nineteenth-century ballad recorded by the Sons of the Pioneers; and Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" motivates "Thunder On The Mountain".

The forces of divine reckoning and mortal love are everywhere on Modern Times. It all piles up in "Thunder On The Mountain": devotion, lust, the second coming, earthly troubles. The language is plain-spoken, pared down. In the dance-hall ballad "Spirit On The Water", Dylan invokes God's creation of the heavens and Earth to describe his sweetheart's face. There's divine reckoning here, too, though.

And that's one of the idyllic songs - Modern Times has plenty of love laments that turn into apocalyptic meditations (“Rollin’ And Tumblin’” and “Levee’s Gonna Break”). Both describe the end times Dylan has seen coming since his second album.

Modern Times is the work of an untamed artist who, as he grows older, sees mortality as something to accept but not bow down to, the sound that refuses to surrender to corruption of the soul and spirit. It's more than a compelling listen; it's a convincing one.

Check out the tracks: “Workingman's Blues”; “Thunder On The Mountain” and “The Levee’s Gonna Break”.

This double LP is a Music On Vinyl, 2014 remaster, reissued on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeves, pressed in Europe.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Thunder On The Mountain

5:55

A2

Spirit On The Water

7:41

B1

Rollin’ And Tumblin’

6:02

B2

When The Deal Goes Down

5:04

B3

Someday Baby

4:56

C1

Workingman’s Blues #2

6:07

C2

Beyond The Horizon

5:36

C3

Nettie Moore

6:53

D1

The Levee’s Gonna Break

5:43

D2

Ain’t Talkin’

8:48

SKU 8718469537457
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number MOVLP1226
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 24 November 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 29 August 2006
Barcode # 8718469537457
Shipping Weight 0.5850kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves, Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Blues
Format VINYL LP

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