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bob dylan

Essential Works 1961-1962

Masters of Rock


Released: 2nd Apr 2021


Robert Zimmerman, aka the rock-folk singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1941.

His first three albums – Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changing – reoriented both folk music and rock. His early songs were largely inspired by Woody Guthrie, and in turn provided inspiration (and soon a religion) to many music fans around the globe. There is no doubt that the baby-boomers of 1968 – a whole generation – were seeking an ideal, and the promise of change in Dylan’s first songs transformed a merely average nasal-toned folk singer into a figurehead of the protest movement, and later one of its high priests. But there are also those who will remember how Dylan invented his own life-story as an orphan with Indian blood who spent his childhood in a circus/ Or how he happily explained to 'Time' why their magazine was pointless (and to CBS News why opinions expressed by media were useless and harmful.) Of course they were, and so Bob was there to change the world. Times, indeed, they were changing, and Bob began wearing silk shirts way before he was handed the Nobel Prize for Literature. We need more Jesus Christs and Bob Dylans as world-changers.

Essential Works 1961-1962


  1. You're No Good
  2. Talkin New York
  3. In My Time Of Dyin
  4. Man Of Constant Sorrow
  5. Fixin' To Die
  6. Peggy
  7. Highway 51 Blues
  8. Gospel Plow
  9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
  10. House Of The Risin Sun
  11. Freight Train Blues
  12. Song To Woody
  13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
  14. Mixed-Up Confusion
  15. Introduction
  16. Poor Lazarus
  17. Mean Old Southern Railroad
  18. Fixin’ To Die
  19. Smokestack Lightnin’
  20. Hard Travellin’
  21. The Death of Emmett Till
  22. Standing on the Highway
  23. Baby Please Don’t Go