Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding (US)


Band/Record: Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding

Label/Matrix: US 1968 Columbia KCS 9604 with 1AB // 1AC

Condition Record/Sleeve: EX+/EX

Extra Info: Fantastic Bob Dylan album ... Rare original US pressing on the Columbia label ..EX+ ..dream audio

Bob Dylan's remarkable first album after his debilitating 1966 motorcycle accident isn't as urgent as the ambitious folk and rock songs he wrote earlier in the decade. Even considering the rocking "All Along the Watchtower" (covered famously by Jimi Hendrix), the album's overall feeling is soft and laid-back, all gently strummed guitars, perfectly timed harmonicas, and some of Dylan's best pure singing to date. The 1968 release sounds as if the songwriter and his three sidemen set up a few tape recorders in a bedroom and began playing as soon as they woke up in the morning. They open with the title track (a folk fable), move into the piano-driven "Dear Landlord," and close with the sweet love song "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight."