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Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by jnevi9nr, Oct 13, 2011.
Early acoustic solo-Dylan (see: Live at the Gaslight)
Bob Dylan. I like Neil Young, but as a lyricist, Dylan is much more satisfying. I mean seriously, who doesn't read the lyrics to "All Along the Watchtower" and not go "whoa, that's deep [email protected]^%"?
This ! I can't stand either of them. I just don't get the appeal...
Love 'em both, and admire & respect them. I probably listen to a lot more Neil though.
Personally, I think from the mid/late 90s up, Dylan has been making his best music since back in the "Bring it All Back Home" & "Highway 61 Revisited" days.
Young has covered a wider territory musically (IMO) but his work has gone a little downhill in recent decades while Dylan seems to be on an upswing. Both are brilliant, but confoundingly inconsistent, artists.
Dylan also wrote "your dancing child in the Chinese suit, he spoke to me. I took his flute". What the heck does that mean?
OTOH, Dylan wrote far more "epics" than Neil (e.g. Desolation Row, Tangled Up in Blue, It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), etc). I love a good lyrical epic!
Greetings from the North,
Neil. I tried, but I just could never relate to ole Bob.
Neil, no doubt about it, although I could do with a week of Bob as well. But Neil Young has done so many different styles, from 'Old Man' to 'Hey, hey, my, my', and I love his eclectic style of soloing!
"You know you're getting old when...
...Neil Young's lyrics start to make sense to you."
It's Neil for me. My handle even has a double Neil reference.
Neither from preference especially after going to see Dylan live last week for the first-and most definitley the last-time. Lots of people in the crowd were delirious, IMHO he was terrible-couldn't comment on the quality of his lyrics as he was, to me, incomprehensible for all but 1 song- worse gig I have ever been to. As I said, many thousands of others at the gig disagreed but that's my experience. So to answer the original question: Leonard Cohen. YMMV
Young, no contest.
Live, now? Neil Young. Recorded works? Bob Dylan.
This one is a toughy for me. Let me say off the bat, I think they are both teriffic songwriters, but as performers, they both leave me kinda cold. Dylan's guitar playing is ok, but his harp work grates on my nerves, his singing leaves a lot to be desired. I find Neil Young's singing and guitar playing both to be very annoying. Quite frankly, I think his guitar work flat out sucks (IMO, of course)
Neither one would be my choice, but if somone held a gun to my head and said I had to listen to nothing but one of these two, Dylan has a slight egde.
Dylan. No contest.
I understand and appreciate that his gravelly, nasal style is difficult for some people to get. I didn't get it at first, but that was probably a deliberate ploy by my teenage self to dislike anything my old man listened to
However, decades later, I cannot imagine NOT having his stuff in my collection. Utterly peerless lyricist.
'Visions of Johanna? :goosebumps:
Young. He captures my life so far pretty well. I cant stand either's later stuff tho, I just like the vintage vibes of the early
Neil. He played with Duck Dunn.
Neil Young for sure, can't stand Dylan's "singing".
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