Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline - Legacy 1969 Country Rock Stereo 180 Grm LP
Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
Columbia KCS 9825
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 180G
Originally Released: 1969
180 gram audiophile vinyl.
Style: Folk Rock, Country Rock
1. Girl From The North Country (w/Johnny Cash)
2. Nashville Skyline Rag
3. To Be Alone With You
4. I Threw It All Away
5. Peggy Day
6. Lay Lady Lay
7. One More Night
8. Tell Me That It Isn't True
9. Country Pie
10. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
Accompanied By Bob Wilson, Charlie Daniels, Charles McCoy, Kenny Buttrey, Norman Blake, Pete Drake
Engineer Charlie Bragg, Neil Wilburn
Liner Notes Johnny Cash
Photography By [Back Cover] Al Clayton
Photography By [Cover] Elliot Landy
Producer Bob Johnston
Vocals, Guitar Bob Dylan
Written-By B. Dylan
Looks to be the same as the Music On Vinyl version from 2012. (The runout groove even features the MOV catalog number MOVLP 660). But both the backside and the labels feature Legacy logo together with Sony and Columbia. Shrinkwrap got a black Legacy Vinyl sticker in upper right corner.
Country, Folk, and Rock are really very related music forms, but you wouldn't know it from the opinions of fans. A lot of rock stars began with country or folk (Buddy Holly, and to an extent Elvis Presely) because Rock hadn't yet been fully defined. By the time Dylan released "Nashville Skyline" the borders were firm as mortar.
All of the warning signs were there: Dylan abandons the protest folk music scene only to take up arms with their ultimate enemy, the pop/rock scene. Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, and many others were furious and felt betrayed. Dylan then became the coolest rocker out there, and he made some incredible music. Then, just like before, he runs head first into enemy territory: country music. Anyone who thought that Dylan would permanently nest up with the rock/pop scene probably wasn't paying attention. Just like "Bringing it All Back Home" was the transitional album between folk and rock, and "Highway 61 Revisited" was the full blown rock thing, "John Wesley Harding" was the transition between rock and country and "Nashville Skyline" was the full blown country thing. Both "Highway 61 Revisited" and "Nashville Skyline" show mastery of their respective genres.
"Nashville Skyline" is a country album. It's not country rock, nor "Bob Country" - it's a full blown down home bona fide country album. The music and the lyrics reflect this. To almost drive this point home there's even a rag called "Nashville Skyline Rag"; you don't get much more country than that.
There is steel guitar, strongly picked acoustic musicals that almost sound right out of Bob Wills, "clop clop" horse trot rhythms, and of course Johnny Cash (a side note: "Girl From The North Country" is a traditional folk song that has been covered by numerous people, so I'm confused why the song writing credits don't say "Traditional" as they should).
There are great songs on this album, the most obvious of which is "Lay Lady Lay." I've never heard steel guitar used like a string section in this way before. "I Threw it all Away" is a great country ballad with some of Dylan's most humorously suggestive lyrics: "Once I had mountains in the palms of my hands..." "Tonight I'll be Staying Here With You" is also a great country ballad that probably any country singer would like to have written. It's probably fair to say that Dylan's country music powers shine brightest on the ballads ("Tell Me That it Isn't True" is more evidence of this). The faster numbers are "Peggy Day" and "Country Pie", though they're a lot of fun and have this tendency to strap onto your neurons for good.
The album may take a little getting used to if your head is full of "Like A Rolling Stone" or "Blowin' in The Wind". However, it will likely grow on you and become a standard by which you can judge other country albums. This was the album that opened up country music to me. There's good stuff out there, and you can find it if you follow Dylan's example and don't allow yourself to get fenced into listening to only one musical style.