Down the Groove

Released:- 30th May 1988
Official Release Number:- 25
Dylan Vinyl Number:- 26

Part twenty-six 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

The album’s sound encompasses a range of genres, from bluesy rock to folk-inspired ballads, and even a reggae-influenced track. Although it may not be considered one of Dylan’s finest works, Down in the Groove is still a commendable album that highlights his skills as both a songwriter and musician.

It’s a worthwhile listen for fans of Dylan’s music or anyone who enjoys late 1980s music. On one of the tracks of the album, George Harrison played guitar whilst The Grateful Dead played on two.

Side 1
Let’s Stick Together
When Did You Leave Heaven?
Sally Sue Brown
Death is Not the End
Had a Dream About You, Baby

Side 2
Ugliest Girl in the World
Ninety Miles an Hour (Down a Dead End Street)
Rank Strangers to Me

My Top Three

1) Let’s Stick Together
The song is a cover of a classic blues tune originally recorded by Wilbert Harrison. Dylan’s version features a stripped-down arrangement with minimal instrumentation and a straightforward delivery. While the song lacks the poetic depth and complexity of Dylan’s more celebrated works, it still showcases his ability to interpret and reimagine traditional music forms.

2) Shenandoah
With a simplistic arrangement of acoustic guitar and harmonica, Dylan’s rendition of the song portrays a sailor’s yearning for his Shenandoah Valley home. Although it may not be his most notable piece, it highlights his talent in honouring and interpreting the timeless sounds of American music.

3) Death is Not the End
This is a song of haunting beauty, one that speaks of the timeless essence of the human spirit. The lyrics are both powerful and poetic, amplified by Dylan’s gravelly voice, which brings depth and emotion to the piece. The addition of gospel-style backing vocals and a slow, mournful melody imbue the song with a solemn and reverential quality.

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