Bob Dylan Planet Waves on Numbered Edition 180g LP
Edgy Personal Album Captures Legendary Artist Straddling Line Between Romance and Suspicion: Includes Beloved Favorites â€œForever Youngâ€ and â€œYou Angel Youâ€
Bob Dylanâ€™s Planet Waves
became an event even before the album was released and revealed itself as an understated masterwork. His first studio recording in nearly four years, the homespun 1974 effort finds him reuniting with the Band, by then firmly established as virtuosos. The chemistry is obvious on every song. And the modest and spare production only magnifies the honesty and purity of the collaboration. Mobile Fidelityâ€™s 180g LP deepens the musicâ€™s emotional connection and rustic warmth to the fullest possible extent.
Recorded in just three days time, Planet Waves
is at its core an exhibition of the inimitable folk-rock honed by Dylan and the Band. Recalling the Americana spirit of The Basement Tapes while adding a domesticated edginess and subtracting a degree of wildness, the set personifies simple charm and scraggly sweetness. Couched in the context of Dylan grappling with the chasm between family life and the road, Planet Waves
fittingly encompasses myriad moods and contradictions, with tunes ranging from unquestionably devotional to overtly dark. In between, the singer attempts to navigate peace, catharsis, and resolve.
Per Dylanâ€™s hallmark, many tunes on Planet Waves
involve twists and subterfuge. Not, however, the best-known offeringsâ€”the often-covered wish â€œForever Young,â€ celebratory roll-and-tumble â€œOn a Night Like This,â€ devotional â€œYou Angel You,â€ which spark with love, romance, and prayer-like tenderness. Yet the seeds that blossomed into 1975â€™s traumatic break-up album Blood on the Tracks are also planted here. Complex feelings and deep-seated personal confusion surface on â€œWedding Song,â€ the hardscrabble â€œTough Mama,â€ piano-centered â€œDirge,â€ and knocking-on-heavenâ€™s-door darkness of â€œGoing, Going, Gone.â€
Throughout, Dylanâ€™s voice supplies subtle hints about his mindset and intent as the Band shadows him step for step, adding to the thematic ambivalence and contributing to a debate over meaning that continues today. Indeed, such relevance confirms the significance of Planet Waves
40 years after its original release.
Bob Dylan Planet Waves Track Listing:
1. On a Night Like This
2. Going, Going, Gone
3. Tough Mama
5. Something There Is About You
6. Forever Young
7. Forever Young (Continued)
9. You Angel You
10. Never Say Goodbye
11. Wedding Song