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name: Jon - visitors book - March 19, 2007
country: Unknown
comments: Hi, Been reading thru the Warehouse Eyes website, also noticed that you have a printed version available which looks interesting. You certainly have put a lot into this and I'm impressed with your learning.Your work reminded me of an old ambition of mine to try to publish something on Bob, basically something in the way of lit crit, but what's been holding me back is possible legal issues. I notice that you quote his lyrics in your text, though not in large chunks. I wonder whether you'd looked into the legal side of things? Is it acceptable to publish a book, on something like lulu, say, that quotes the lyrics in the main body of the text, with the aim of analysis/interpretation etc.? I notice, also, that you have avoided using a photo of Bob for the book cover. I know that I'm asking a lot of you and that your time is probably precious but have you given any thought to these things, and do you have any advice for me? Thanks in advance, and cheers for the website, Jon

Thanks for raising this issue Jon, I'm surprised no-one has mentioned this before. Strictly speaking I suppose permission should be obtained before quoting lyrics, but these days most of these are in the public domain and are so well known and quoted that some have even become catch phrases. You see Dylan's lyrics everywhere in the print media and on the internet, I'm sure Bob and Sony would have a hard time tracking down everyone who uses them. The same applies to photographs, as far as I am aware, all the images I've used are copyright free - I have avoided using anything that I know would be an infringement. As far as the book cover is concerned, I could not find a photograph that I considered suitable, and anyway my wife designed the cover and I'm very happy with it. Thanks again for your comments, and good luck with any project you undertake.
Regards, and thanks again for writing.



name: Greg - visitors book - March 19, 2007
country: Unknown
comments: Hey man... very cool site... it's so refreshing to read someone who analyzes the music and doesn't get so caught up in analyzing the words. I have a question: there are scattered thumbnails on your site of some great photos, such as the ones below. Where can I find bigger versions? Where did you get them? I love the '68-'69 "image" or "look", with the shorter hair. I'd really like them for my computer wallpaper.
Thanks and keep up the good work
Greg
Hi, Greg, Thanks for your comments, I'm glad you like the site. When I first started, I had difficulty finding enough suitable photographs as I was trying to match each album page with pictures that were relevant to that particular period. Most of what I used came from books and magazines that I already had, although over the last few years I have increased my collection quite considerably. The one of Dylan in the blue shirt is from the second edition - 1981 - of Michael Gray's "Song and Dance Man" which is now out of print. This is a pity, because it contains many (often rare) photographs, and the latest, edition as you probably know, has none. The second picture is from Jonathon Cott's 1984 coffee table book simply called "Dylan," which is probably also out of print. It has some fantastic pictures in it - mostly black and white, this is one of the few colour ones, but it is over two pages and that made it difficult to scan. It is from a series of photographs that Elliot Landy took of Dylan in his Woodstock home in the late sixties, these are copyright, but some do crop up occasionally in magazines or on the internet. There are lots of internet sites that specialise in Dylan images, some better than others, but your best bet would be the discussions link from the Expecting Rain website. Click on General Discussions and you will find a link called Visions of Bob - there are over a hundred pages of pictures that people have posted (some amusing comments as well), many rare and very good quality. As to the two books I mentioned, you could try Ebay, but neither are currently listed, although another book "A Man Called Alias" (1992) is available at the moment and that also has some wonderful photographs. Otherwise you will have to rely on my three main sources in the print media, namely "Q" "Mojo" and "Uncut" all superb magazines. Hope I was able to help, and thanks again for your email, I will post the comments on the site.
Regards Peter.



name: Nampew - visitors book - February 17 2007
country: USA
comments: I am reading "Warehouse Eyes" by Peter James. Please inform the author that his book is a great read. I am grateful to him for making his comments about the albums available. I'll read anything he writes about Dylan! evaluation: excellent

Thanks for writing, I'm glad you like the book. I am hoping to have an updated version available later in the year that will include "Modern Times" and one or two other items of interest.
Regards - happy listening and reading.



name: Iain - visitors book - September 23, 2006
country: Scotland
comments: My older brothers were into Dylan so I grew up hearing his music and bought my first (really mine!) album in 1979 - Live at Budokan - when I was 14. Being fairly non religous I approached the next album with trepidation, although a teacher/Dylan fan at school said "every time he says Jesus or God just imagine it's a womans name" - it never really worked, however it didn't need to as Slow Train Coming was superb. Your wonderful website also rates this album highly, and I find that many of your reviews reflect my own thoughts and feelings.The output of material, both old and new, over the last nine years has made this a very rewarding time to be a Dylan fan, and your website further enhances this experience, and most importantly makes me want to listen to his brilliant (and not so brilliant!) albums again. Thank you.
evaluation: excellent

Thanks for writing, Iain, and thanks for your kind remarks. The late seventies was a good time to get into Dylan, he went through some interesting changes in that period. I agree with you that "Slow Train Coming" is a superb album, it's a pity it did not get the recognition it deserved when it was originally released. "Live at Budokan" is also a record that has aged well, although even after nearly thirty years I have severe reservations about the look of that tour - disco has a lot to answer for!
Regards, and thanks again for writing.



name: Ed Ray - visitors book - September 14, 2006
country: Columbus USA
comments: RE: Blood on the Tracks - Song "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts"
Is it just me or does everyone miss the point of this song? It just seems so obvious! At the height/ completion of Watergate Dylan put the entire story into a ballad. Big Jim is Nixon, Lily is the U.S., Rosemary is the Republican Party (and maybe Rosemary Woods/Tapes), The monk is Dean (or maybe Colson), The judge is Sirica, and last of all Bob Dylan is the Revolution "seen down in Mexico" or picture on Lily's shelf. Dyan (instead of drilling) in the wall, The town is Washington DC... where "anyone with any sense would have already left town" the Nixon administration.
I've looked around and no-one seems to see this??? - Ed
evaluation: good

Hi, Ed, I must confess to being not very well up on American politics in general, and the Nixon years in particular, so most of your comments are a bit over my head. It is quite possible that Dylan had this in mind when he wrote "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts," but more often than not, he does not deal in specifics and there is sometimes a danger of either taking these things too literally or reading too much into them. My personal feeling is that if he had intended to write a song about these events he would probably have used real names as he did with the "protest" songs from the sixties or the later "Hurricane." One further point, there is no monk in the song, only the leading actor who is dressed as one; I don't know if this adds anything to your argument or if I am just splitting hairs. Anyway, thanks for writing with your interesting comments.


firstname: Jake - visitors book - Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 00:52:23
country: USA
comments: Hey. I just wanted to say that, as a teenage Bob Dylan fan at the age of 16, I find your website fascinating. I've been obsessed with Bob Dylan for about a year, and most other people my age harass me for it, calling it garbage and saying Bob Dylan doesn't know how to sing, he sucks, etc. And they listen to crap like heavy metal and rap and call it "real music". What are they thinking?! So far I have only managed to convert one of my friends to the Dylan fold. We both enjoy listening to his incredible music, and I find your commentary on Bob Dylan's albums to be top-notch.
My opinions with yours differ drastically in many places, but it's still very nice to get insight on Bob Dylan's lyrics, even if it may not agree with mine. For example, I am a Christian, so Bob Dylan's Christian period has a lot more meaning to me than it does to you probably, and as such I enjoy those Christian albums much more than many other Dylan fans. Addtionally, I'm a much bigger fan of his later period in general than most Dylan fans, even though Blonde on Blonde is probably my favourite album.
However, I must say that I VERY MUCH agree that Street Legal is an overlooked classic, and a very worthy addition to the Dylan catalogue, easily one of my favourite albums.
Dylan has been an inspiration to me for the past year that I have been obsessed with his work, and I hope he will be for many years to come.
From a 16 year old Bob Dylan fan, kudos on the fantastic website, and considering how much my friends bash him I certainly do enjoy hearing as many positive looks at his career as possible. I know there are at least as many Dylan fans as there are Dylan haters, but they seem to be hard pressed to be found where I live.
evaluation: excellent

Hi, Jake
I'm really pleased to get such positive comments from a relative newcomer to Dylan's catalogue. With youth on your side, you have plenty of time to enjoy the many and varied aspects of Dylan's musical career, but don't be so quick to dismiss all other forms of music as rubbish - there is much to enjoy out there. You mention two albums that you particularly enjoy, and although "Blonde on Blonde" is an undoubted classic, "Street Legal" is not for all tastes, but those of us who enjoy it really enjoy it.
As to the Christian years, I think that "Slow Train Coming" is one of the finest albums that Dylan has ever made, but "Saved" is not an album that I really enjoy, largely because of the holier than thou, preachy attitude that he adopted on it. That said, if you like that era, certainly one of Dylan's most intense, you should try to get hold of some of the live recordings from 1979/80. I would not normally recommend bootleg recordings, but look out for 1979's "Preaching to the Converted," and 1980's "Rock Solid" and "The Born Again Music." These are excellent live recordings, the latter two coming from the April concerts in Montreal that were at the time being considered for an official live release.
As we await the release of "Modern Times," (tomorrow here in the UK), we can enjoy again the wonderful musical legacy that Dylan has given us. So welcome to the club, enjoy the new album and may you have many years of pleasurable listening.
Regards and thanks again for writing




Email from : Phil G. Montgomery
Subject: Romance in Durango
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 05:48:56 -0500
If this song is from the chaotic "28th" sessions, then who is playing the electric 12 string on Romance In Durango?
I always thought it was McGuinn.
Wasn't he on the tour?
Was he credited?Can't remember the album cover.
Please advise.

Hi Phil, Thanks for writing, but I am a little confused with your question. The "Desire" track "Romance in Durango" (one of the best tracks on that album) certainly comes from the July 28th session, and is the only survivor from that session ( versions of "One More Cup Of Coffee," "Oh, Sister" and "Hurricane" were also recorded but discarded). To the best of my knowledge there is no twelve string guitar on that recording, and Roger McGuinn was not present at that session - if you check the usually reliable Michael Krogsgaard, you will see that his list of musicians does not include McGiunn, however, Desire does not list the studio musicians so checking the album cover will be of no use. As far as the tour is concerned, I assume you are referring to Rolling Thunder and yes, McGuinn was a member of both of those tours but he does not get a musicians credit on either the "Hard Rain" album or the "Live 1975 - The Rolling Thunder Review," although he does get a "...special thanks" nod on the latter. I hope that answers your question.
Regards and thanks again for writing




firstname: Colin - Visitors Book - Friday June 2, 2006
surname: Marsh
town: Bedford
country: England
comments: Thanks for opening my eyes still further to a phenomenon I've been observing rapt, haunted and delighted for well over 30 years.
evaluation: excellent

Thanks Colin, Positive feedback is always welcome. I'm glad that you enjoy the site and hopefully will continue to do so for another 30 years or so!!! Now that the new album release date has been announced (August 28th according to most sources) we will soon have more to listen to and discuss.
Enjoy your listening and thanks again for taking the time to write.




firstname: Derek - Visitors Book - Friday, April 14, 2006
surname: Barlow
town: Leicester
country: UK
evaluation: excellent
comments: Hi, I started getting into Dylan at the age of 14 and apart from a few years [82-88 approx] when my interest waned due to the output at that time, my interest has grown as I got older. Your fascinating views and insights into Dylans lyrics confirm to me that the beauty of Dylans work is that it is left open to interpretation by the listener. Whatever one's particular circumstances are at any given point, relevance can be found in a Dylan song, the experience of searching can be in itself a cathartic experience.I don't wish to be too reverential, indeed some of his output I find unlistenable [Leopard skin pill box hat for one!] but as you point out not everything can be great all of the time.You have put together a terrific website which displays an intelligent perception of the great man's work, however I'm bound to say that as most of your favourite songs coincide with mine!
Thank you for your time.
Peace & love to all.
PS- Improvements? None.

Thanks, Derek for your kind comments. Yes, those years were pretty bleak, but I did carry on buying the albums in the hope that things would improve, thankfully they did and if the much anticipated new album is on a par with the last two studio offerings then we are in for a treat. You mention the years 82 to 88 and although most of that output was largely forgettable, let's not forget 1983's Infidels, the last decent album of that decade until Oh Mercy, but on the whole, I must agree with you. Thankfully, the highs outweigh the lows by about a zillion to one.
Regards and thanks again for your comments.




firstname: Whalespoon - Visitors Book - on Monday, April 10, 2006
evaluation: excellent
comments: Good, thoughtful reflections on Dylan's work. Just one quick question--I notice that the "Live at the Gaslight 1962" CD from Columbia/Legacy is not included in the reviews. Any reason?

Thanks for taking the time to write. The reason that the 1962 Gaslight album is not included is that it is not in the strictest sense an "official" album (not yet anyway). This album is only currently available through Starbucks USA - a decision that angered some people who accused Dylan of selling out, but my feeling is that it is his music and he can do what he likes with it. I'm sure that anybody who wants a copy can easily get their hands on one or already has a bootleg of it. That said, when it is officially in the public domain (I think Starbucks have the rights for eighteen months) I shall waste no time in including it on the site. Thanks again for writing, and enjoy your listening.



Email from John Wilkinson in Anchorage Alaska
Subject: Warehouse Eyes print copy
Date: Friday, March 24, 2006
Hi there, I just received the copy of Warehouse Eyes that I bought online and just wanted to say congratulations. Nicely designed and put together, I particularly like the subtitles (comments) for each chapter. Just one question, what are you going to do when the new album comes out?
Thanks for your comments, glad you like the book - I am very pleased with it. As far as the new album is concerned, I have read that it is not due until much later in the year - possibly September. Obviously it will be added to the site, and hopefully the print format can be updated as well.
Regards and thanks again for your feedback.




firstname: Toni - Visitors Book - Sunday, March 19, 2006
surname: Valjus
country: Sweden
comments: Hi again! Your site has been very inspirational for me. Therefore I've started analyzing Dylan-albums in swedish on my blogg. Check it out if you like (and speak swedish... : ) ) (See the Links page) I always lacked a Dylansite about the albums in swedish so I started one myself. It wouldn't have been possible without your site. Thanks!
evaluation: excellent
Well done Toni. Unfortunately I don't speak Swedish but I had a look at your site, and it looks very interesting - good luck with it, Best wishes and keep up the good work.



firstname: David - Visitors Book - Wednesday, March 1, 2006
surname: Dixon
town: Carl Junction, MO
country: U.S.
comments: I have a friend who emailed me after watching "No Direction Home." Knowing I'm a big fan, he wanted to tell me that, after all these years, he finally "got it," and was heading out to purchase the DVD. I'm going to recommend your site to him as a superb site at which to begin exploring the rich and deep diversity of Dylan's work. It is an interesting, informative, detailed, and humorous overview. I had a great time reading your comments on nearly every album at one sitting. Wow. I particularly enjoy the way you pick out lines from various songs to illustrate your point, or just to point out how clever/funny/precise or profound they are. I, too, enjoy his wordplay; you are clearly delighted by it. Very well done commentary.
There are, of course, many specific points/analyses that I could comment on, but I'll just pick one that will, I think, give you pause: I have the good fortune of never hearing Down in the Groove, but I have heard Death is Not the End from an Infidels out-takes bootleg. You are right in guessing it's meant to inspire hope: It's the only Dylan song I can think of in which the intent is clearly meant to be encouraging. I have a friend whose parents were murdered last summer, and I first heard this song soon after. I found it uplifting-and so did my friend. She was devastated, of course, and still is. So much of her peace, of her joy in life, of what she held dear, of truths she's lived by-all these have been severely challenged. All that she held sacred, all that she felt like she knew, have indeed fallen, and they seem beyond repair. She seriously wonders if she can recover. While it has been deeply shaken, she is a person of faith, and her belief that "death is not the end" brings comfort and hope. The storm clouds have gathered, and the storm is raging, but if death is not the end, then perhaps indeed the tree of life is growing where her parents are. There is more to life, then, than what happens here. If this is all there is . . . How could we find comfort?
Anyway, thanks for the great site. I'll be back repeatedly.
evaluation: excellent

Thank you for taking the time to write and share your thoughts. I'm sure "No Direction Home" brought many into the fold, as well as giving lots af established fans a new and fresh insight into a great talent. I am very sorry to hear of your friend's loss, we live in violent times and sometimes even the strongest faith can be tested. Strangely much of Dylan's work is considered morbid and downbeat when in actual fact it is uplifting and inspirational. There is a richness and a positivity in his writing and if it can inspire hope then he is doing a good job. I hope your friend is able to come to terms with her loss, and there are cetainly worse ways of doing it than listening to Bob Dylan.
Regards and thanks again.




firstname: Ilmar - Visitors Book - Friday, February 17, 2006
town: Montreal
comments: Intelligent and beautiful commentary. This has been a great source of inspiration for my rekindled interest in Dylan. Thank you!
evaluation: excellent
howtoimprove: who is the author?

Thank you for the comments, but why did your interest need to be rekindled? The author is a Dylan fan of many years standing and who hopes to be one for many more. Warehouse Eyes began as a hobby, but took on a life of it's own - positive comments such as yours make it all the more worthwhile. Thank you again for writing.
Kind regards and may your interest remain rekindled.




Anonymous - Visitors Book - Wednesday, February 1, 2006
comments: Mi corazon (heart) not Cora sole are the Spanish lyrics to "Loving Tongue"
evaluation: good

Thanks for pointing that out, Mi corazon may well be Spanish for heart (I don't speak the language), but the official lyrics are as I have quoted them. The way Dylan sings the song, he could be singing either, it is very difficult to make out, but isn't that one of the things that makes him so interesting?
Regards and thanks for writing.




firstname: Stephen - Visitors Book - Monday, January 30, 2006
surname: Jordan
town: Oxford
country: UK
comments: Excellent site! Well presented and well written!
evaluation: excellent
howtoimprove: Search engine for song titles?

Thanks, Stephen for taking the time to write - I have tried to give a balanced and fair appraisal of each of the albums, but I suppose my favourites are obvious. There is a search engine on Dylan's official Sony site here that cross references songs by album or title both chronolgically and alphabetically, and it is extremely comprehensive - check it out. Call back again, because if you haven't heard there is a new (studio) album in the pipeline.
Regards and good listening.




firstname: David -Visitors Book - Saturday, January 28, 2006
town: Boston
country: US
comments: Excellent site, I found your analysis quite balanced and informative. As someone just now getting into Dylan's catalogue, this will be a great resource for me. One question-have you thought about reviewing the bootleg "A Tree with Roots"? I've heard it's amazing, but haven't been able to find an in-depth review of it. Just curious.
evaluation: excellent
howtoimprove: Review some of Dylan's more notable Bootlegs, such as Tree with Roots or Deeds of Mercy.
Thanks for the comments David, if you are only just getting into Dylan's catalogue, what took you so long? I sincerely hope that you get as much pleasure out of Dylan's music as the rest of us have. The site only deals with the officially released albums because bootlegs are a minefield in terms of ethics and morals, and there are even legal implications. That said, there are so many available that it would be virtually impossible to know where to start. The two that you mention are certainly worth getting and there are lots more that I could recommend, but be warned that quality varies tremendously. For more information on availability and quality go to here or here Good hunting and thanks again.



Email from Jonathan Singer"
Subject: "One of Us Must Know..."
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2005 15:16:12 -0500
Friend --
You have a nice, comprehensive site. That's why I'm sure you'd like to know and hopefully correct any errors. For years, a common misconception has been that the Band backed Dylan on "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)." Columbia/Sony has perpetuated this error by omitting the keyboard (piano) player for that song. Various books have nonetheless correctly credited Paul Griffin as that player mostly thanks to the testimony of Al Kooper who has called Griffin's playing on "One of Us Must Know..." as "his shining moment." For more about Paul Griffin, see the article about him at Steely Dan's website (www.steelydan.com/griffin.html). Keep up the good work! --Jonathan Singer
Thanks very much for putting me straight on that one Jonathan, I wasn't 100% sure about the musicians on that track and have subsequently double checked - sure enough it was Paul Griffin on the piano. The album only credits the Nashville musicians, and as this was the only one that was recorded in New York, Griffin (criminally) does not get a mention. For those who are interested, the musicians at that session were :- Robert J. Gregg/Drums, William E. Lee/Bass, Rick Danko/Bass, Robbie Robertson/Guitar, Paul Griffin/Piano, Al Kooper/Organ and a certain Mr. Zimmerman having one of his most transcendent moments. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to write and I have corrected this error on the relevant page.



firstname: BK - Visitors Book - Monday, November 28, 2005
town: Chicago
country: China
comments: Wow. Well done. It's refreshing to hear objective (well I guess thats subjective) opinion. You are obviously a fan....yet honest when the master comes up short. Of course he does....40 albums....you are not always going to be great...in fact you are going to be rotten sometimes.
I'd be intersted to hear your opinions on his current performances. I find many of them to be painful to listen to. I cant get beyond the disintegration of his voice. Sad, but time has taken its toll. I was not aware that he approached the Dead about joining....that....coupled with his endless tours and diminished vocal ability make me feel sad for Bob. Seems like he cant let it go. Well...thats his problem...not mine. I'll let him deal with it while I deal with my own problems.
Thanks again for the wonderful effort. Fantastic.
evaluation: excellent

Yes, I am a fan and a big one. As I have often said in the past, I think the man is a genius, but that does not necessarily mean that everything he puts out is brilliant, as some of his back catalogue shows. His voice is unfortunately showing signs of strain these days, but I do not find it painful to listen to - nor do thousands of others if ticket sales are anything to go by. Sure, when he performs some of his older songs they are almost unrecognisable to those who know them (and unintelligible to those who don't), but his later material stands up well in live performance. Dylan's voice has always been unique, as has his phrasing and musical timing, but the years have unfortunately taken their toll. By his own admission he will continue to tour as long as he is able to (and presumably as long as people are prepared to pay to see and hear him), and long may this happy state of affairs continue.
Kind regards and thanks for your comments.




Visitors Book - Anonymous, Friday, November 25, 2005
comments: Great site. Excellent guide to Dylan's official output.
evaluation: excellent

Thanks for taking the time to write and give your opinion. Much appreciated.



firstname: jack - Visitors Book - Thursday, November 17, 2005
comments: Love your site. Don't always agree with your views (Santa-Fe And Tell Me are 2 of my favourite tracks on Bootleg Series, vol. 1-3). I have been a Dylan fan since 1965 (hell, I LIKE Self-Portrait and 1973's Dylan). While I prefer certain recordings over others, I can't think of a single one that I dislike.
evaluation: excellent

Thanks for taking the time to write and share your views. I'm glad that you don't always agree with me, different people have different opinions on Dylan and his music - for example, I think that "Street Legal" is one of his best albums, but few share that view. That said, perhaps I was a bit harsh on "Tell Me", maybe it's not that bad. As far as "Santa-Fe" is concerned, I cannot see what there is to like. Get hold of a copy of "The Complete Basement Tapes" or "Tree With Roots" if you don't already have one of them, and listen to some of the stuff that was recorded at those sessions, perhaps your opinion will change. I do agree with you about those early 70's albums, I play them occasionally, and they do have a certain charm - "Dylan" is nowhere near as bad today as it sounded when it first came out. Regards, and thanks again for taking the time to write.



firstname: ROBERT - Visitors Book - Sunday, November 6, 2005
surname: LEPPARD
town: NEWPORT - ISLE OF WIGHT
country: ENGLAND
Hi I am reading through warehouse eyes and although i have been a Dylan admirer for thirty years and read many books on the great man I am really enjoying the fresh and informative approach of your article. It is by far the best work i have read and the attention to detail I am finding invaluable. I am learning a great deal and I find it amazing that you have been able to shed new light on the recording of Bobs work, concerts and his life over the past forty years. I have to say it again that I have read so many books about Dylans work and life and most of them are wrote along the same lines and duplicate each other but you have managed to produce work that is totally new and fresh and work that has kept me riveted to my computer!
evaluation: excellent
howtoimprove: I think you would be hard pushed to find a way to improve this work!.
Thank you - Ra Leppard

Thanks very much for your comments, like you I have been an admirer of Dylan for a great many years, and over those years I have enjoyed listening to his albums both old and new. As a result, I am fascinated (as are many others) as to how those albums came to be made. I find that the more I learn about Dylan the more interesting he becomes and I enjoy sharing these facts and opinions with anyone who cares to read them. Please visit again as the site is constantly being revised, I am currently trying to update all the live albums, so enjoy your reading and your listening. Thanks again and regards.



firstname: Toni - Visitors Book - July 24th, 2005
surname: Valjus
country: Sweden
comments: Your site is great. Dylan-lover as I am, this is a key-internet site for me. I don't always agree with your views on albums and songs, but most of the time... I know exactly where it all went... Thanks for a great site, Toni.
evaluation: excellent
howtoimprove: Your views on Dylan's songs in a separete section?

Thanks Toni, I'm glad to hear that you don't agree with all my views and opinions, in a way that is the whole point. Most Dylan fans have their specific likes and dislikes and apart from the genuine classics they rarely overlap. I'm about to start updating the live album section, so keep in touch as the site will be changing. Thanks again for your comments, I am considering a section just on the songs and will hopefully start on that some time in the near future.
There is plenty of Dylan stuff coming out over the next few months, so happy listening (and viewing).




firstname: Wayno - Visitors Book - 21st April, 2005
town: Seattle
comments: Nice site. Clicking on album covers is a great way to navigate the site. I'm glad you don't use five stars, 1-10, or A-F grades because those are overly simplistic methods not in keeping with Mr. Dylan's complexity. Each album has its ups and downs.
evaluation: excellent
howtoimprove: A bibliography.

Glad you like the site, I have tried to make it as easy as possible to navigate. I did consider giving each album a rating, based purely on my own likes and dislikes, but as you so rightly say, each album is unique and should be regarded as such. As far as a bibliography is concerned, there are many sites on the web that critique the hugely complex body of work that assesses Dylan and his catalogue of work and the size of the task would involve a whole new approach. I have no idea how many books on Dylan and his work are out there (too many says my wife) and although I have only read a small percentage of them, it would take a lot more reading to do justice to the project. But who knows what the future will bring. Thanks again for your comments and enjoy your listening.



firstname: mingo - Visitors Book - 21st March, 2005
town: mexico city
country: mexico
comments: great
evaluation: excellent
howtoimprove: nothing really

Thanks Mingo, nice to hear from somebody in central America - somewhere that is very close to Dylan's heart. Glad you like the site, call again.



From Anonymous - Visitors Book - 18th March, 2005
I can't believe someone claiming to be a Dylan supporter would bash "Nashville Skyline". Do you play music? Do you always play the same old crap? No. You mix it up. Do you think the cherished and talented musicians who collaborated with him on this album would have done so just collect a paycheck? I don't think so. This album is beaming with a different side of Bob. You can't bring old Bob into Nashville---it doesn't work. This is a different Bob, meant to be laid back, country-living. Are you expecting "Like a Rolling Stone" with a little twang of steel guitar? If so, you shouldn't be a critic nor fan. It's critics like you that make him run from doing what he does best---perform. Perhaps different things scare you. That scares me. You need to find something else to do. Check out pop music or something---something simple for you.
evaluation: verypoor
howtoimprove: find people who know and appreciate music and the finest musicians
Thanks for taking the time to write, it's good to see somebody prepared to defend "Nashville Skyline," but I stick by my original evaluation that it is shallow and unconvincing. I happen to think that Bob Dylan is the single most important artist in popular contemporary music, but that does not mean to say that I have to rate every album that he puts out as a classic, and if I think that something is unrepresentative of his talent then I feel that I have the right to say so. You say that you can't bring old Bob into Nashville---it doesn't work. yet you seem to forget that "Blonde On Blonde," one of his finest albums was recorded there, indeed, two of the cherished and talented musicians who collaborated with him on this album (Charlie McCoy and Kenny Buttrey) played on that album. Different things certainly do not scare me, I listen to all types of music, including country and western (though thankfully not pop) and I rate several musicians very highly, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Neil Young and Tom Petty to name a few, and each of them has at one time or another released work that does not reflect their undoubted talents - with careers spanning several decades, that will unfortunately happen. As far as performing is concerned, Dylan continues to be one of the hardest working men around - he began a new tour only last week, one in which he is again doing something different. If you really want to hear Dylan at his best, check out any album from the sixties (except the one in question), anything from the mid seventies, or either of his two most recent studio outings and compare any of them to "Nashville Skyline" and I rest my case. Regards and enjoy your listening.



Visitors Book - date 15th March 2005
firstname: Ed
surname: Ricardo
town: Habana
country: Cuba
comments: Very fine pages, EDLIS shall recommend them to newbies asking for opinions on albums, fabulous to have such a clear site for the Major mainstream commercial releases. Ed
evaluation: excellent
howtoimprove: Make it an EDLIS site!

Thanks Ed for your comments and your interest, Warehouse Eyes is now part of the EDLIS group of websites.



From Gerry Murphy - 13th March
Hi there, i see you are asking for info on a band who did "One more cup of coffee". I recorded that song in March last year (' 04) with a band from Middlesbrough ..."Dylanesque"...but the album, was pulled because of disagreements. Basically their main man didn't like anyone stealing his "thunder"! Now, i don't know if this is the same band, but any other info if it is, just let me know...ok. Gerry.
Thanks Gerry, but no this was not the version that I was talking about. I'm pretty sure that the band in question was American but I cannot remember their name or the name of the album. Anyway it did give me the chance to listen to your stuff - nice laid-back interpretations of some great songs (particularly "Angelina" - currently one of my favourite Dylan songs). Good luck with the album.



firstname: Banjo - visitors book - date :12th February, 2005
town: Birmingham
country: England
comments: As you are the FINEST reviewer of Dylan's albums in my view I am stuck to add something constructive except to suggest maybe that a grading for each official album release would be appropriate in your honest (& respected) opinion i.e. 1 to 5 stars for instance for each release.
evaluation: excellent
howtoimprove: As above. YOU ARE SIMPLY ONE OF THE GREATEST.

Thanks Banjo. Yes I suppose my passion for Dylan's work, particularly his studio albums, shows through. I never really thought about rating the albums before, but that is actually a good idea. Thanks for the comments and thanks for the tip. Good listening.



firstname: Zach - visitors book - date :9th February, 2005
comments: Great reviews and inside information
evaluation: excellent
howtoimprove: Perfect as is

Thanks for your comments Zach, it's always good to get feedback and know that the site is appreciated.



About a week or so ago, somebody sent me a note about a band who had recorded a version of "One More Cup Of Coffee" on their latest album. Unfortunately I deleted the message by mistake before I got chance to check it out. If that person reads this, I would be very grateful if they would re-send the name of the band and their web address.
Many Thanks.



firstname: Sean - visitors book - date :12th January, 2005
town: Jaffrey
country: U.S.A.
comments: It's Sean again. You know, I get kinda tired of listening to people insulting Bob Dylan's voice and his singing ability. Is he really any worse than Lou Reed or Joe Strummer? Both of those guys are thought of as great musicians(and rightfully so) yet you never hear anyone complain about his voice. Is it because Bob has such a great body of work that people need something to criticize? By the way, I'm talking about Dylan's voice from the 60's and 70's, not from today. However, even though he has a bad voice now, I still think he is a great and essential musician/songwriter.
evaluation: excellent

Nice to hear from you again Sean, I take your point about Dylan's voice perfectly. A few weeks ago I went to a talk given by Michael Gray (Song and Dance Man 111) and he picked up on this very point. "I like Dylan's songs, but only when they are sung by other people" is the most common comment. What the hell are these people listening to. Dylan's voice back in the sixties, seventies and yes even the eighties was as strong a tool as his writing. Even today, you only have to listen to "Mississippi" or "Sugar Babe" to hear passion or emotion that anyone else would give their right arm to be able to reproduce. Many people hear cover versions of Dylan songs without even knowing (or perhaps caring) who the author was. "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" is associated more with Clapton than Dylan, and "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" more with the late Robert Palmer, and as fine as those versions are, as in most cases, the originals are best. Sure Dylan may not be Caruso, although in 1969 he said that he could sing like him, and he may not be Sinatra or Harry Connick jr., but give me his voice over any of those guys any day of the week.
Regards and thanks again for taking the time to write.




firstname: LOUIS - visitors book - date :20th December, 2004
surname: SOLNICKI
town: TORONTO
country: Canada
comments: I have come to your website after surfing some websites about Bob Dylan: I read Chapter One of "Chronicles", looked at lovely pictures that I had never seen before of Bob with his beautiful ex-wife Sara and all his children as babies when he lived in Woodstock in the late 60s, early 70s. I went to Google and put in Carolyn Dennis when I read that he had married her in the early 80s and discovered your site and the information that Bob intially wrote the songs on Slow Train Comin' for her. What is one to make of Bob Dylan?.I also looked at photos from his 2003 concerts -the craggy, austere, sad face in photo after photo. Is he getting any pleasure at all out of his constant touring? It sure doesn't look like it. How does one put all the facts, photos, biographies, autobiographies, and websites together with his brilliant, artistic output? It's beyond me! Bob is slippery like a fish. He is always changing his look, who he hangs out with, what musicians he plays with, the arrangements of his songs. He is a chameleon and a shapeshifter. He's always in motion. He marries a beautiful, mystical woman, has beautiful children and devotes all of his time to looking after them. Then, he destroys the marriage. He comes to New York, courts the folk establishment, dresses like Pete Seeger, writes brilliant songs, becomes the darling of the poliical left, has a a love affair with the Queen of Folk herself, Joan Baez, his biggest champion. Then he blows smoke in everyone's face including Baez, says he was never a folksinger and dresses like Elvis at the Newport Folk Festival, and reinvents as the rocker he was in high school. He writes more brilliant tunes, his imagry becomes increasingly complex, and then he blows smoke in everyone's face again. He writes simple tunes, and then country tunes and then records an album of other people's tunes! Of course, the first people Bob blew smoke at were his parents and his brother. Bob was born Bob Zimmerman, into a nice, upper-middle class Jewish family and lived mostly in a tiny place, Hibbing, Minnestota. But, by the time he came to New York, he was Bob Dylan, a totally, fictitious character that he made up and he lied about his upbringing. In Chronicles, Bob says that it's OK to lie to people, esepcially to the press. Is Bob lying to us now? Who is Bob Dylan anyway? And why should we believe anything that he says about anything? Yes, he is a brilliant, original artist. He writes amazing songs, but he's a Chinese box. He's a mystery!
evaluation: excellent

Thanks, Louis, for taking the time to share your thoughts. You are obviously as intrigued by Dylan as the rest of us, but it is exactlly that intrigue that makes his work so unique. You say that you read chapter one of "Chronicles," I would suggest that you read the rest of it, I found it one of the most fascinating things that I have ever read. As for him not enjoying his touring, he said in a 1986 interview "I don't do it for love. I do it because I can do it and I think I'm good at it. That's all I do it for," but you know with Dylan, things are rarely what they seem. His constant reinvention and reinterpretation of his songs is what drives him, and if he gives the impression that it gives him no pleasure, it is probably because like most creative people, he is constantly searching for different ways to express himself. You call him a chameleon, a shapeshifter and a Chinese box, and yes he is all of these things, but again this is what makes him so interesting. Carry on searching the web and you will find many absorbing sites, but above all, read that book.
Regards and good listening.




firstname: Sean - visitors book - date :10th December, 2004
town: Jaffrey
country: U.S.A.
comments: This is Sean once again. Thanks for responding to my questions, and I thought your review of Bootleg Series: Vols. 1-3 was very good. Since Columbia has reissued only live albums in the Bootleg Series recently, do you think they'll ever release another rarities collection? I think it would be cool if there was a box set dedicated to the Basement Tapes outtakes/leftovers, or a Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Sessions collection.
evaluation: excellent

Nice to hear from you again Sean, as far as another collection of rarities is concerned, Columbia have indicated over the years that they have a considerable amount of unreleased material in the vaults, and so it is quite possible that we may see another set soon. Whether it would match the diversity and quality of the first Bootlegs album would remain to be seen, but we can hope. Incidently, I heard a rumour recently that there is a new studio album in the pipeline. As to The Basement Tapes, there is a bootleg 5CD set available, but I cannot comment on its quality. If that were to be released officially, I would be the first in the queue, as I consider that album one of the most underrated ever. Regards and happy listening.



firstname: unknown - visitors book - date :10th December, 2004
town: unknown
country: unknown
comments: a great read..thanks
evaluation: excellent

Thanks for your comments, please visit the site again, as it is being constantly updated.



firstname: fred - visitors book - date :6th December, 2004
town: bochum
country: Germany
comments: Great site.....lots of things to discuss
evaluation: excellent

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my site. Positive feedback is always greatly appreciated.



firstname: Sean - visitors book - date :15th November, 2004
town: Jaffrey
country: U.S.
comments: Do you think Bob will ever do an all instrumental album that he has talked about before? Or a jazz or classical album?
Are you going to post reviews of compilation albums like Biograph or the Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 on the site.
evaluation: excellent

Thanks for the interest Sean, sorry it took so long to answer. Personally I don't think that Dylan will ever put out a jazz or classical album, but who knows, stranger things have happened. As to Biograph and Bootlegs 1-3, the former is a bit of a confused mess that I will probably tackle sometime in the future, though it is hard to know exactly what the point of that album was. The latter is one of the finest albums in Dylan's entire catalogue, and I have finally got around to posting a review today December 5th 2004. The reason for the delay was that I did not just want to rehash John Bauldie's excellent liner notes, and the whole thing took longer than I anticipated. Anyway I hope you enjoy it. Regards and thanks again.



firstname: ted - visitors book - date 28th September 2004
surname: m
town: columbus
comments: woulld let me play any songs and i wanted to hhear hiway 61 revisted or i ain't gonna work on masggies farm no more or even the the ballad of the thin man
evaluation: average
howtoimprove: make music playable

Thanks Ted for your comments. I would just like to point out that the focus of Warehouse Eyes is to discuss the merits or demerits of Bob Dylan's officially recorded work. There is no playable music on the site because that is not the object of the exercise. There are several sites on the internet that allow you to play or download music, in fact Dylan's official site bobdylan.com has all the albums listed in chronological order and you can listen to a snippet (most are 45 seconds but some are more) of any track from any album. Regards and good listening.



Received from Jeana - visitors book - date 6th July 2004
surname: I Love You Bob
town: SC
comments: this site is very cool...thanks for making it for dylan fans all around the world like me and you....
~ Jeana ~
evaluation: excellent
howtoimprove: Nothing....leave it just the way it is....

Thank you for visiting, and for your comments Please call again as the site is being updated on a regular basis.



From Karl - visitors book - dated 5th July 2004
comments: It's always nice to see a "labour of love" such as your page.
But: I suggest to reconsider HARD RAINs value, especially to the lengthy and sometimes boring 1975 live album. Mick Ronson's opening riffs to MAGGIE'S FARM, IDIOT WIND, most of the songs and performances are so close to an existentialistic borderline thing as you can get - nothing compares with this album. It stands out. Karl
evaluation: good

I suppose that this is a "labour of love", I have been a serious Dylan fan for many years and I think he has no equal. As to your comments about "Hard Rain" I have to stick by my original assessment. You are not alone in your opinion of this album, but I find it harsh and raucous and the rewrite of "Lay, Lady, Lay," one of the few good songs on "Nashville Skyline" does it no favours. I do agree with you about Mick Ronson, he is sorely missed, but I'm surprised that you find the "Live 1975" album boring, to me it is the definitive Dylan live album. If you compare the version of "Oh, Sister" from that album to the one on "Hard Rain" (the only song on both), I think that you might see what I mean. Thanks again, and good listening.



Received from Ann - visitors book - 5th July 2004
comments: A great site to a great man ! Wonderful ! Thank you, I shall certainly visit again - it would be brilliant if you could review the whole album collection !
evaluation: excellent

Thanks for taking the time to visit the site, and thanks for your comments. Yes he is a great man and long may he continue to entertain, amuse and infuriate us. It is my intention to cover every album, so please visit again as the site is being constantly updated



Email received on Tuesday 22nd June 2004
Subject: sad eyed lady of the lowlands
"With your mercury mouth in these missionary times..." It struck me one day that the opening line of the song could be a sexual image. The reference to "missionary times" could refer to the "missionary position", being the normal, boring, traditional lovemaking position. The meaning of "mercury mouth" then becomes apparent in an oral sense. Another word for mercury is "quicksilver". Do you get my drift? Am I drawing a longbow here? (No pun intended, I assure you.) From my other readings it has been mentioned the imagery relates to alchemical imagery, but I'm not so sure.
When I mentioned this possibility on another Dylan chat site a few years ago I was laughed down.
Comments or thoughts anyone? - Peter R
This is one of those situations where you can find anything you want if you look hard enough. My feeling on this particular song is one that appears to be shared by most people, i.e. Dylan had married Sara Lowdnes a mere three months before he wrote and recorded "Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands." She was, and probably still is, a strikingly beautiful woman, and this song is nothing more than a celebration of that beauty and Dylan's love for her. Given this and his passion for privacy and well known wish to keep his family out of the limelight, I find it extremely unlikely that he would place any salacious imagery into such a personal song.



Jokerman from England wrote on the 5th June, 2004 "Without doubt this has to be one the best websites reviewing Bob Dylan's albums. The reviews are intelligently written and are fair and unbiased. It would be great if the entire back catalogue could be reviewed as your comments are very much appreciated. The authors personal favourites would be interesting. Keep up the fine work.evaluation: excellent"
I really do appreciate the feedback - thanks very much. It is my intention to review every album in Dylan's catalogue, time permitting. Been a fan since the mid sixties and my favourite albums are those mid sixties and mid seventies classics along with "Slow Train Coming" and "Infidels." Latterly I really enjoy "Time Out of Mind" and "Love and Theft" as well as the entire "Bootleg" series particularly the "Live 1975 - Rolling Thunder" album. I would also like to say that recently looking back, the earlier reviews seem a little sketchy (particularly Slow Train and Infidels) and I intend to redo them at some stage.



"This is one of the best websites out there which review Bob Dylan's albums. It would be great if you can review ALL of his catalogue as your opinions are greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work."
evaluation: excellent
These sentiments were sent by an anonymous reader on 14th May, 2004. Thanks very much for your support. I do intend assessing Dylan's entire catalogue so do visit again as this site is constantly being updated.



Lo Krijger of Keerbergen, Belgium writes: "Fantastic. Looks really great!"
evaluation: excellent

Warehouse Eyes Guest Book 4th May 2004
Thanks for the comments Lo. It's also great when people find the time to fill in the visitors book especially with positive feedback. Makes it all worthwhile!



Coops comments: Glad to see the site up and running again. Looking good and as usual quality information. Keep up the good work
evaluation: good

Warehouse Eyes Guest Book 5th April 2004
Thanks for the comments. Sorry for the protracted silence but we were in the process of moving from South Africa to the UK. As you can see we are up and running again and things hopefully will be back to normal



I've just discovered Dylan's work with the 15 sacd set. I didn't have a serious listen to all of them yet. So far, my favorite is "Desire" followed by "slow train coming". This is a brilliant website who gives a really good insight of Bob's recording career.
evaluation: excellent
how to improve: Some info of his personal life.
Received from marc - Warehouse Eyes Guest Book 15th December 2003
Thanks Marc for your comments. You're a lucky guy to have all of the sacd set. I agree with the 2 titles you have mentioned but spend some time on Infidels and Street Legal. This site is more on Dylans Recorded works but there are plenty of biographies available. I recommend books by Robert Shelton - No Direction Home and Clinton Heylin - Behind the Shades or check out the Expecting Rain website which has loads of links to other Dylan biographical sites



Allan from Cape Town, South Africa comments: still thinks he sang through his nose........
evaluation: excellent
how to improve: nice site
Warehouse Eyes Guest Book 11th November 2003
Those sentiments are shared by my wife who a year ago would probably have considered him her least favourite artist. Thanks to her proof reading my reviews she is beginning to "see the light"



I like your site very much. Dont know all the background stuff you have written which I find interesting. Dont agree with comments about Mozambique from Desire but music is personal to each, so no problem. Sad eyed lady of lowlands is my all time favourite song, not just dylan but of any!
evaluation: excellent
how to improve: Cant think of any at present. It is nice clean looking and easy to use.
WTGGGGGGGGGGGG
Kat - London - Warehouse Eyes Guest Book 18th October 2003
Your comments on my site are much appreciated. It is always nice to get feedback and positive feedback, of course, is always a pleasure!



In your overview you say that Nashville Skyline was released a few months after John Wesley Harding, but I beg to differ. JWH was released in December 1967 (or January 1968 according to your source) and Skyline came out in April 1969, hardly a few months!
Stephen Cooper - Cardiff UK - 11/10/03
Fair cop Stephen, I seem to have missed a year there, but hey it was the sixties.



I know Dylan has been friends with old "Slowhand" for some years and I remember reading somewhere that he played on Desire, do you know anything about this? Like your site.
Billy Williams - Brisbane, Queensland Australia - 4th October, 2003
Clapton did play on a couple of the early Desire sessions along with an eight piece British rock band called Kokomo, but these were scrapped (mainly because they were rubbish). Clapton said that there were too many people involved and there was no one in overall control. He described it as "madness".



I just came across your website (I was browsing through Expecting Rain and found the link) and I think your album reviews are generally pretty good. However, Blonde on Blonde has always been my favourite Dylan album but I disagree with you about Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands being his finest hour. Visions of Johanna is a superior song in my opinion because Sad Eyed Lady just rambles on for about 11 minutes and doesn’t really go anywhere, and the fact that it takes up one entire side just really ticks me off. But lets see some more album reviews up there - if your going to do them all then you’ve got a hell of a long way to go.
Regards John C. Liverpool, England - 22/09/03
Thanks for your comments John, you’re in good company with that opinion, Michael Gray, author of the excellent Song and Dance Man agrees with you.



I generally agree with your overview of Dylan's catalogue but, like all Dylan fans, I have a different opinion of some of the praises and pans. I think the worst Dylan album ever is "Under the Red Sky." I think Don Was was intimidated by Dylan and let him do whatever he wanted. I think Daniel Lanois, who reportedly feuded with Dylan during Time Out of Mind got more out of the man. I once worked on a riding lawnmower tv commercial with Dylan's director son, Jesse, who felt the same way. The Dead/Dylan record is abominable, as you stated. Of course, it's only just recently where I can listen to any Grateful Dead stuff besides American Beauty or Workingman' Dead without fidgeting (the bass player refuses to play bass!). Although I think you have to give Jerry Garcia and the Dead credit for getting Dylan back on the road and being creative. He seems to have awaken after touring with them. I also disagree with you and most folks who think Down In the Groove is without merit. I like the song 90 Miles an Hour Down a Dead End Street and the Stanley Brothers cover on that record. Also, there are moments of merit in Self Portrait (Little Sadie and Copper Kettle and Minstrel Boy). And even Empire Burlesque has the lovely Dark Eyes closing out the LP. An especially good version of that song is a duet Dylan did in concert with Patti Smith that I found on the internet. OK, enough nitpicking of a generally very astute overview and a very good website. Oh, one more thing. The pretty crummy live album recorded during the Rolling Thunder tour, Hard Rain, contains in my opinion the best version Dylan's ever done of Maggie's Farm. Mick Ronson's guitar is rousing and transcendent. Well, I gotta go. My bootheels must be wanderin'
Craig Piechura - Milford, Michigan, USA 1st Sept 2003

Thanks Craig for your comments, I agree with you that "Under the Red Sky" is pretty awful but I listened to the Dead album this morning (first time in ages) and I have to stick by my original assessment. It may have something to do with the fact that I have never been a fan of the Grateful Dead, I think that whole thing was an ego trip for Jerry Garcia (r.i.p.). Mickey Hart said at the time "It was not our finest hour, nor his. I don't know why it was even made into a record".
I will concede your point about "90 Miles an Hour" on "Down in the Groove". As far as the tracks from "Self Portrait" are concerned, those that you mention are not bad in the context of the album, but the only reason they stand out is because the rest of it is so poor (listen again to The Boxer or Let it be Me). I also find that voice on Copper Kettle (the same one he uses on "Nashville Skyline") to be very forced and contrived. I've got that version of "Maggies Farm" on video somewhere, I must dig it out. Question - How did Mick Ronson (r.i.p.) go from being one of Ziggy's spiders to a member of Rolling Thunder? Anyway thanks again and I hope you fine me every time I slam the door.


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