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Thread #37643   Message #529635
Posted By: GUEST,Steve N.
16-Aug-01 - 05:22 PM
Thread Name: Dylan overrated?You've got to be kidding
Subject: RE: Dylan overrated?You've got to be kidding
Well, Whistle Stop, if you can just rip through that pseudo-Travis stuff on "Jim Jones" while you're singing, I wish you lived nearby so I could get some lessons. I'm not sure what your reference point is here....we're not trying to say he is a Tony Rice. His playing is, however, COMPELLING in every sense...for appropriate timbre and power there is "Mr. Tambourine Man", "House of the Rising Sun", "Hard Rain", "Desolation Row", "Masters of War", etc. For sweet and delicate there is "Tomorrow is a Long Time" and "Girl From the North Country", etc. And there is nobody around that can come even close to him on any Talking Blues (Jack Elliott - maybe). He is underrated as a guitarist not because of sophistication, technical facility, etc., but precisely because his playing is more than servicable...it is compelling. I do agree with you on one thing- as a "lead" electric guitarist he sucks big time....he ought to quit trying to do that.