Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Bob Dylan- Hard Rain

Whenever anyone thinks of Bob Dylan, the first thought that enters people’s heads is the image of him playing an accoustic guitar, accompanied by his harmonica and singing folk style songs through his nose. It is true that most of his albums sort of fall into this vein and like me, most people who like Dylan, like him for his lyrics than for his music ability.

Then in 1976, I heard the Hard Rain album and upon hearing it, thought the album really rocked. Gone were the slow accoustic songs replaced by much harder versions on electric guitars. Old classics like “Lay Lady Lay,” “Maggie’s Farm” and “Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again” were given the rock treatment and in this blogger’s opinion, sound better for it. Unfortunately, most of the critics at the time didn’t share the same views as me and really came down on it. In spite of that, Hard Rain did go gold and peaked at 17 in the charts.

Track Listing:

1. Maggie’s Farm

2. One Too Many Mornings

3. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again

4. Oh Sister

5. Lay Lady Lay

6. Shelter From the Storm

7. You’re a Big Girl Now

8. I Threw It All Away

9. Idiot Wind

Musicians:

Bob Dylan- lead vocals and guitar

T-Bone Burnett- guitar and piano

Mick Ronson- ~guitar

Steven Soles- guitar

David Mansfield- guitar

Rob Stoner- bass

Howard Wyeth- drums and piano

Gary Burke- drums

Scarlet Rivera- violin

This album was recorded live on Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour and it shows Dylan in a different light. It also shows that Dylan can rock a little.

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23 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of the 70s: Bob Dylan- Hard Rain”

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