Great Rock Albums of 1978: Bob Dylan- Street Legal

I am convinced that Bob Dylan took note of going electric on “Hard Rain” and used it in the making of “Street Legal.” This album marked a major departure for Dylan as he used a complete rock style band and included female backing singers. For some, including many critics in the American press, this was too much and many slammed him for it. Some even accused Bob Dylan of selling out. However, I definitely don’t agree with that. Back in 1978, there was disco and there are no disco sounding tracks on “Street Legal.” If anyone went disco that year, it would have been the Rolling Stones with “Some Girls.”

All I know was when I heard the album back then, I liked it. I believed it was a natural progression from “Hard Rain” and his rocking performance in “The Last Waltz.” Furthermore, I did read some good reviews in some good music magazines and others I talked to liked the album as well. Since, I have concluded that critics of this album were stuck in the mind of seeing Bob Dylan standing alone by the microphone, playing an accoustic guitar and singing through his nose. This was a bold change in direction and I think it was good.

Track Listing:

1. Changing of the Guards

2. New Pony

3. No Time to Think

4. Baby, Stop Crying

5. Is Your Love in Vain?

6. Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)

7. True Love Tends to Forget

8. We Better Talk This Over

9. Where Are You Tonight (Journey Through Dark Heat)

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First, Bob Dylan will never don denim and leather and totally rock out, but “Street Legal” shows a different side to him. His willingness to pick up an electric guitar and incorporate it in his songs shows that he could adapt. This album is a good cross for die hard Dylan fans who also love a little rock.

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2 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of 1978: Bob Dylan- Street Legal”

  1. Metal Odyssey Says:

    You bet… just a great album from a Rock legend. 🙂

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