Another Side of Bob Dylan

One other Facet of Bob Dylan is the fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, launched on August 8, 1964, by Columbia Data.

The album deviates from the extra socially aware model which Dylan had developed together with his earlier LP, The Instances They Are A-Changin’. The change prompted criticism from some influential figures within the people neighborhood – Sing Out! editor Irwin Silber complained that Dylan had “one way or the other misplaced contact with individuals” and was caught up in “the paraphernalia of fame”.[1]

Regardless of the album’s thematic shift, Dylan carried out everything of One other Facet of Bob Dylan as he had earlier information – solo. Along with his regular acoustic guitar and harmonica, Dylan supplies piano on one monitor, “Black Crow Blues”. One other Facet of Bob Dylan reached No. 43 within the US (though it will definitely went gold), and peaked at No. 8 on the UK charts in 1965.

A high-definition 5.1 encompass sound version of the album was launched on SACD by Columbia in 2003.[2]


All through 1963, Dylan labored on a novel and a play. Quite a lot of publishers had been all for signing Dylan to a contract, and at one level, Metropolis Lights (a small however prestigious firm specializing in poetry) was strongly thought-about. Nevertheless, as Dylan labored on his guide at an informal tempo, his supervisor, Albert Grossman, determined to make a take care of a serious writer.

Macmillan’s senior editor, Bob Markel, mentioned, “We gave [Dylan] an advance for an untitled guide of writings … The writer was taking a danger on a younger, untested potential phenomenon.” When Markel met with Dylan for the primary time, “there was no guide on the time … The fabric at that time was hazy, sketchy. The poetry editor known as it ‘inaccessible.’ The symbolism was not simply understood, however then again it was earthy, crammed with obscure however marvelous imagery … I felt it had quite a lot of worth and was very totally different from Dylan’s output until then. [But] it was not a guide.”

It will be years earlier than Dylan completed his guide, however the free kind poetry experiments that got here from it will definitely influenced his songwriting. Essentially the most notable instance got here in a six-line coda to a poem responding to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination (which happened on November 22, 1963):

the colours of Friday had been boring / as cathedral bells had been gently burnin / strikin for the light / strikin for the type / strikin for the crippled ones / an strikin for the blind

This chorus would quickly seem in a vital composition, “Chimes of Freedom”, and, as biographer Clinton Heylin writes, “with this unhappy chorus, Dylan would go from topical troubadour to poet of the highway.”[3]

In February 1964, Dylan launched into a twenty-day journey throughout the US. Driving in a station wagon with a number of buddies (Paul Clayton, Victor Maymudes, and Pete Karman), Dylan started the journey in New York, taking quite a few detours by means of many states earlier than ending the journey in California. (At one level, Dylan reportedly paid a go to to poet Carl Sandburg.) “We talked to individuals in bars, miners,” Dylan would later say. “Speaking to individuals – that is the place it is at, man.”[4]

In accordance with Heylin, “the first motivation for this journey was to search out sufficient inspiration to step past the folk-song kind, if not within the bars, or from the miners, then by peering deep into himself.” Dylan spent a lot time behind the station wagon, engaged on songs and probably poetry on a typewriter. It was throughout this journey that Dylan composed “Chimes of Freedom”, ending it in time to premiere at a Denver live performance on the fifteenth. “Mr. Tambourine Man” was additionally composed throughout this journey.

It was additionally throughout this journey that The Beatles arrived in America. Their first go to to the US stays a touchstone in American tradition. Maymudes recalled how Dylan “almost jumped out the automobile” when “I Wanna Maintain Your Hand” got here on the radio and his feedback: “Did you hear that?..that was fuckin’ nice! Oh man..” and the way Dylan appeared misplaced in thought replaying the document over in his head.[5] Dylan, nevertheless, had already been following The Beatles since 1963. There have been totally different accounts concerning Dylan’s angle in the direction of The Beatles at the moment, but it surely’s recognized that Suze Rotolo and Al Aronowitz instantly took to them and championed their music to Dylan. Aronowitz later claimed that Dylan dismissed them as “bubblegum”, however in an interview in 1971, Dylan recollects being impressed by their music. “We had been driving by means of Colorado, we had the radio on, and eight of the Prime 10 songs had been Beatles songs … ‘I Wanna Maintain Your Hand,’ all these early ones. They had been doing issues no one was doing. Their chords had been outrageous, simply outrageous, and their harmonies made all of it legitimate … I knew they had been pointing the course of the place music needed to go.”

In January, whereas The Beatles had been in France, George Harrison purchased the French launch of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, titled En Roue Libre, which they performed repeatedly, impressed by the lyrics and “simply the angle!”.[6] Because The Beatles started to affect Dylan and vice versa, Dylan’s private life was present process quite a lot of important modifications. When Dylan returned to New York in March, he rented an electrical guitar.[6] He continued his romance with folksinger Joan Baez, although their stage appearances collectively started to dwindle. Dylan’s girlfriend Suze Rotolo apparently had had sufficient of the affair. Quickly after Dylan returned to New York, the 2 had an argument. On the time, Suze was staying along with her sister Carla, and when Carla intervened, Dylan started screaming at Carla. Carla ordered Dylan to depart, however he refused to go. Carla Rotolo pushed Dylan, and he pushed her again. The 2 of them had been quickly virtually preventing. Associates had been known as and Dylan needed to be forcibly eliminated, successfully ending his relationship with Suze Rotolo.[7] In a 1966 interview, Dylan admitted that after their relationship ended, “I bought very, very strung out for some time. I imply, actually, very strung out.”

One account of Dylan’s first expertise with psychedelics locations it in April 1964; producer Paul Rothchild instructed Bob Spitz that he was current when Dylan took his first hit of LSD. By February 1964, Dylan was already telling his buddies that “Rimbaud’s the place it is at. That is the sort of stuff means one thing. That is the sort of writing I am gonna do.” A nineteenth-century French poet, Rimbaud as soon as wrote to his mentor Georges Izambard that “the poet makes himself a seer by an extended, prodigious and rational disordering of the senses … He reaches [for] the unknown and even when, crazed, he finally ends up by dropping the understanding of his visions, at the least he has seen them.” (Dated Might 1871) Dylan’s early experimentation with hallucinogens has usually been linked with the dramatic improvement his songwriting would quickly take, however Dylan himself has denied any connection.

Dylan later left for Europe, finishing a number of performances in England earlier than touring to Paris the place he was launched to a German mannequin, Christa Paffgen, who glided by the title of Nico. After treating Dylan to a meal at her flat, Nico accompanied Dylan throughout Europe, a visit that handed by means of Germany earlier than ending in Vouliagmeni,[8] a small village exterior of Athens, Greece. Dylan stayed at Vouliagmeni for greater than per week, ending most of the songs that would seem on his fourth and upcoming album. 9 songs of those could be recorded upon his return to New York: “All I Actually Need to Do”, “Spanish Harlem Incident”, “To Ramona”, “I Shall Be Free No. 10”, “Ballad in Plain D”, “It Ain’t Me, Babe”, “Mama, You Been on My Thoughts”, “Denise Denise”, and “Black Crow Blues”. Dylan additionally accomplished one other music known as “I will Maintain It With Mine”, which, in keeping with Nico, was “about me and my little child”. Dylan gave the music to Nico, who would finally document it for her personal album, Chelsea Lady, launched in 1967.


With Dylan’s business profile on the rise, Columbia was now urging Dylan to launch a gentle stream of recordings. Upon Dylan’s return to New York, studio time was shortly scheduled, with Tom Wilson again as producer.

The primary (and solely) recording session was held on June 9 at Columbia’s Studio A in New York. In accordance with Heylin, “whereas sprucing off a few bottles of Beaujolais,” Dylan recorded fourteen unique compositions that evening, eleven of which had been chosen for the ultimate album. The three that had been in the end rejected had been “Denise Denise,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and “Mama, You Been on My Thoughts.”[9]

Nat Hentoff’s article on Dylan for The New Yorker, revealed in late October 1964, consists of outstanding descriptions of the June 9 session. Hentoff describes in appreciable element the ambiance within the CBS recording studio and Dylan’s personal asides and banter together with his buddies within the studio, with the session’s producers, and Hentoff himself.[10]

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott was current throughout a part of this session, and Dylan requested him to carry out on “Mr. Tambourine Man.” “He invited me to sing on it with him,” recollects Elliott, “however I did not know the phrases ‘cept for the refrain, so I simply harmonized with him on the refrain.” Just one full take was recorded, with Dylan stumbling on among the lyrics.[9] Although the recording was in the end rejected, Dylan would return to the music for his subsequent album.

By the point Dylan recorded what was in the end the grasp take of “My Again Pages,” it was 1:30 within the morning. Grasp takes had been chosen, and after some minor modifying, a last album was quickly sequenced.

Songs and themes

As Dylan instructed Nat Hentoff in The New Yorker, “there are no finger-pointin’ songs” on One other Facet of Bob Dylan, which was a major step in a brand new course.[10] Music critic Tim Riley writes, “As a set, the songs represent a decisive act of noncommitment to issue-bound protest, to tradition-bound people music and the possessive bonds of its viewers […] The love songs open up into indeterminate statements concerning the emotional orbits lovers take, and the topical themes go over synthetic ethical boundaries and leap into wide-ranging social remark.”[11]

“The compassion that laces all of the complaints in ‘All I Actually Need to Do’ and ‘It Ain’t Me, Babe’ is spherical with idealism and humor,” writes Riley. “That [both songs] work off a pure Jimmie Rodgers yodel solely makes their ties to wide-open American optimism that rather more attractive (though they’re each primarily reluctant good-byes).”[12]

“Black Crow Blues” is a standard 12-bar blues association with unique lyrics.[13]

“‘Spanish Harlem Incident’ is a brand new romance that pretends to be quick and candy,” writes Riley, “but it surely’s an instance of how Dylan begins utilizing unusual phrase couplings to evoke the mysteries of intimacy … her ‘rattling drums’ play off his ‘stressed palms’; her ‘pearly eyes’ and ‘flashing diamond tooth’ off his ‘pale face.'”[14]

“Chimes of Freedom” could be traced to “Lay Down Your Weary Tune”, an outtake from The Instances They Are A-Changin’. “Its sense of the facility of nature…intently mirrors ‘Lay Down Your Weary Tune,'” writes Clinton Heylin. “Unashamedly apocalyptic … the composition of ‘Chimes of Freedom’ represented a leap in kind that permitted much more intensely poetic songs to burst forth.”

Together with the later monitor “Motorpsycho Nitemare”, the lyrics on “I Shall Be Free No. 10” has been known as “surrealistic speaking blues”.[15]

Described by Heylin as “probably the most realized music on One other Facet“, “To Ramona” is likely one of the most celebrated songs on the album. A comfortable, tender waltz, Riley writes that the music “extends the romance from beliefs of emotional honesty out into problems with conditioned conformity (‘From fixtures and forces and buddies / That you simply gotta be similar to them’) … in ‘Spanish Harlem Incident,’ [Dylan’s] utilizing flattery as a entrance for the singer’s personal weak self-image; in ‘To Ramona,’ he is making an attempt to save lots of his lover from herself if solely as a result of he is aware of he could quickly want the identical consolation he is giving her.”

“Motorpsycho Nitemare”, based mostly partly on Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho, satirizes each the rise of the American ’60s counter-culture in addition to the mainstream’s paranoid reactions to it.[16][17]

Riley describes “My Again Pages” as “a radical X-ray of Dylan’s former social proselytizing … Dylan renounces his former over-serious messianic perch, and disowns false insights.” (“I used to be a lot older then / I am youthful than that now.”)

Described by Riley as “the unalloyed sting of a romantic perfidy”,[18] “I Do not Imagine You (She Acts Like We By no means Have Met)” could be dramatically rearranged for a full-electric rock band throughout Dylan’s well-known 1966 tour with The Hawks.

In accordance with Heylin, “Ballad in Plain D” takes its melody and chorus (“my buddies say unto me …”) from the Scottish people music, “I As soon as Beloved A Lass (The False Bride)”.[19] “The music graphically particulars the evening of his breakup with Suze,” writes Heylin. “Dylan’s portrayal of Carla because the ‘parasite sister’ stays a merciless and inaccurate portrait of a lady who had began out as one among [Dylan’s] largest followers, and adjusted solely as she got here to see the levels of emotional blackmail he subjected her youthful sister to.” Requested in 1985 if there have been any songs he regretted writing, Dylan singled out “Ballad in Plain D”, saying “I look again at that individual one and say … possibly I may have left that alone.”[20]

“It Ain’t Me, Babe” additionally reworks the identical “Scarborough Truthful” association that was written into Dylan’s earlier compositions, “Lady from the North Nation” and “Boots of Spanish Leather-based”. Johnny Money would document his personal hit model of this music quickly after One other Facet of Bob Dylan was launched, whereas The Turtles’ model would chart even greater.

4 songs from One other Facet of Bob Dylan had been finally recorded by The Byrds: “Chimes of Freedom”, “My Again Pages”, “Spanish Harlem Incident”, and “All I Actually Need to Do”. As well as, they had been launched to their breakthrough hit single “Mr. Tambourine Man” by means of a replica of Dylan’s unreleased recording from the June 9, 1964, album session. All acquired their share of important acclaim.


As One other Facet of Bob Dylan was ready for launch, Dylan premiered his new songs on the Newport People Pageant in July 1964. The competition additionally marked Dylan’s first assembly with Johnny Money; Dylan was already an admirer of Money’s music, and vice versa. The 2 spent an evening jamming collectively in Joan Baez’s room on the Viking Motor Inn. In accordance with Money, “we had been so pleased to [finally] meet one another that we had been leaping on the beds like children.” The following day, Money carried out Dylan’s “Do not Suppose Twice, It is All Proper” as a part of his set, telling the viewers that “we have been doing it on our reveals all around the nation, making an attempt to inform the parents about Bob, that we expect he is one of the best songwriter of the age since Pete Seeger…Positive do.”

Although the viewers at Newport appeared to take pleasure in Dylan’s new materials, the folks press didn’t. Irwin Silber of Sing Out and David Horowitz criticized Dylan’s course and accused Dylan of succumbing to the pressures/temptations of fame. In an open letter to Dylan revealed within the November challenge of Sing Out, Silber wrote “your new songs appear to be all inner-directed now, inner-probing, self-conscious” and, based mostly on what he noticed at Newport, “that among the paraphernalia of fame [was] getting in your method.” Horowitz known as the songs an “unqualified failure of style and self-critical consciousness.”

The album was a step again commercially, failing to make the Prime 40, indicating that document shoppers could have had an issue as nicely.

Dylan quickly defended his work, writing that “the songs are insanely trustworthy, not meanin t twist any heads an written solely given that i actually me alone wished and wanted t write them.” (sic)

Dylan conceded in 1978 that the album title was to not his liking. “I believed it was simply too corny,” he mentioned, “I simply felt bother coming once they titled it that.” Nevertheless, it is value noting that the unique manuscripts to the album make two references to the eventual album title: an early draft of “I Shall Be Free No. 10” has the road “You are on one other facet” whereas the one line occupying one last web page says “there is no such thing as a different facet of Bob Dylan.”


Skilled rankings
Assessment scores
Supply Score
AllMusic [21]
Encyclopedia of Standard Music [25]
Leisure Weekly B+[22]
MusicHound Rock 4/5[23]
The Rolling Stone Album Information [24]
Tom Hull A–[26]

Years later, blended reactions over One other Facet of Bob Dylan remained however not for a similar causes. Critics later considered it as a ‘transitional’ album. Clinton Heylin claimed that “Dylan was just too near the experiences he was drawing upon to translate them into artwork. He was additionally nonetheless experimenting with the imagery discovered on ‘Chimes of Freedom’ and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man.’ ‘My Again Pages,’ the least profitable instance of the brand new model, was replete with weird compound photographs (‘corpse evangelists,’ ‘confusion boats,’ and so on.).” critic Invoice Wyman dismissed it as “a lesser, ‘relationship’ album”, however conceded that “Chimes of Freedom” was a “pretty hymn to the ‘numerous confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones an’ worse’.”

Nevertheless, Tim Riley known as it “a bridge between folkie rhetoric (albeit superior) and his troika of electrical rants…a rock album with out electrical guitars, a people archetype that punches by means of the hardy, plainspoken mildew. Constructed on repeated riffs and coaxed by the managed nervousness of Dylan’s voice, the songs work off each other with intellectually charged élan. It is a transition album with a thoughts of its personal.” It was voted quantity 133 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Prime 1000 Albums third Version (2000).


A whole take of “Mama, You Been On My Thoughts” was recorded for the album, however for causes unknown, it was rejected. Described by Tim Riley as “the echo of a left-behind affair that rebounds off a few self-aware curves (‘I’m not askin’ you to say phrases like ‘sure’ or ‘no,’ / … I am simply breathin’ to myself, pretendin’ not that I do not know)”, the music was quickly coated by Joan Baez, in addition to Judy Collins, who had a substantial quantity of economic success with it. Dylan’s model wouldn’t see launch till The Bootleg Sequence Volumes 1–3 (Uncommon & Unreleased) 1961–1991 in 1991. Nevertheless, Dylan would periodically carry out the music in live performance, sometimes with Baez as his duet associate. Rod Stewart would later cowl the music for his critically acclaimed album, By no means a Boring Second, and a model by Jeff Buckley seems as an out-take on the 2004 reissue of Grace. Johnny Money coated the music on his album Orange Blossom Particular. It was coated by Linda Ronstadt on her 1969 album Hand Sown … House Grown with altered lyrics as “Child, You have Been On My Thoughts”.

Although “Mr. Tambourine Man” could be re-recorded for Dylan’s subsequent album, Sony launched the entire take recorded for One other Facet of Bob Dylan on The Bootleg Sequence Vol. 7: No Path House: The Soundtrack in 2005. In contrast to the acquainted model recorded for Bringing It All Again House, this early model has a harmonica intro in addition to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott singing concord vocals on the refrain. It was an acetate copy of this model of the music that discovered its strategy to the newly fashioned Byrds in late 1964, resulting in their breakthrough electrified recording of the music prematurely of its first launch by Dylan.

Dylan additionally recorded two further songs that didn’t make the album. The primary is “Denise Denise”, a music which makes use of the identical music as “Black Crow Blues” however with totally different lyrics. The second is “California”, which once more makes use of “Black Crow Blues”‘ music as the fundamental construction of the music. A small part of the “California” lyrics had been reused in “Outlaw Blues”, a music that appeared on Dylan’s subsequent album, Bringing It All Again House. Each outtakes are circulating.

Observe itemizing

All tracks are written by Bob Dylan.

Facet one
No. Title Size
1. “All I Actually Need to Do” 4:04
2. “Black Crow Blues” 3:14
3. “Spanish Harlem Incident” 2:24
4. “Chimes of Freedom” 7:10
5. “I Shall Be Free No. 10” 4:47
6. “To Ramona” 3:52
Whole size: 25:31
Facet two
No. Title Size
1. “Motorpsycho Nitemare” 4:33
2. “My Again Pages” 4:22
3. “I Do not Imagine You (She Acts Like We By no means Have Met)” 4:22
4. “Ballad in Plain D” 8:16
5. “It Ain’t Me Babe” 3:33
Whole size: 25:06


  • Bob Dylan – vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, harmonica
  • Tom Wilson – manufacturing


12 months Chart Peak
1964 US Billboard 200 43[28]
UK Prime 75[29] 8


Area Certification Licensed models/gross sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[30]
Gross sales from 2004
Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based mostly on certification alone.

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