Bob Dylan, Hard Rain (1976)
Back when we were first getting into Bob Dylan – I say ‘we’, I mean me and a good mate – we would buy up the tapes and CDs and it was pre-internet so we didn’t always know what we were getting; live album, compilation, etc…I mean you could tell – eventually, via the sound or the liner notes or tracklisting or some other Dylan fan telling you off for “buying the wrong thing”. I never much cared for Hard Rain at the time – meaning at the time when I bought it. It was a bit of a hot mess, I figured. Well, just recently I’ve found my way to it big time. Buying the record and spending time with it. The version of Idiot Wind is just killer, I knew that well as it features on other comps and it’s one of the towering renditions I believe; astonishing vocal delivery and a white-hot band performance. Actually that’s true of almost all of this album. Now at least. Well, it would have been the case back then too. But I couldn’t hear it when I first heard this.
Sample Track: Idiot Wind
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