Another Side of Bob Dylan

Part four of the DYLAN VINYL collection which is a brand-new collection of every single Bob Dylan album on high-quality 180-gram vinyl plus a collectors’ magazine

Dylan’s fourth album shows him growing and developing as an artist. Released just 7 months after “The Times…” it sees Dylan leaving behind his folk and blues roots and introducing a rockier element.

ASoBD reached No. 43 in the US and once again performed better in the UK peaking at No. 8

Side 1
All I Really Wanna Do
Black Crow Blues
Spanish Harlem Incident
Chimes of Freedom
I Shall Be Free No. 10
To Ramona

Side 2
Motorphysco Nitemare
My Back Pages
I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Have Never Met)
Ballad in Plain D
It Ain’t Me Babe

My Top Three

1) All I Really Wanna Do
It is arguably one of the most popular songs that Dylan wrote in the period immediately after he abandoned topical songwriting. Within a year of its release on Another Side of Bob Dylan, it had also become one of Dylan’s most familiar songs to pop and rock audiences, due to hit cover versions by Cher and the Byrds.

2) It Ain’t Me Babe
This song, along with others on the album, marked a departure for Dylan as he began to explore the possibilities of language and deeper levels of the human experience. Within a year of its release, the song was picked up as a single by folk rock act the Turtles and country artist Johnny Cash (who sang it as a duet with his future wife June Carter).

3) My Back Pages
Its lyrics—in particular the refrain “Ah, but I was so much older then/I’m younger than that now”—have been interpreted as a rejection of Dylan’s earlier personal and political idealism, illustrating his growing disillusionment with the 1960s folk protest movement with which he was associated, and his desire to move in a new direction. Although Dylan wrote the song in 1964, he did not perform it live until 1988.

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