Bob Dylan turns 70 on Tuesday, which means that it's time to celebrate.
There's no disputing (in my mind, at least) that Elvis Presley was the King of Rock 'n Roll. But having said that, I don't think it's a contradiction in terms to refer to Dylan as the greatest artist, bar none, of the rock era.
Everyone has their favorite Dylan song, everyone has their favorite Dylan album, and everyone has their favorite Dylan era (some people even enjoy "the Christian period"!). Dylan has made great music almost 50 years now, and like all great artists, he's also produced a fair amount of less-than-stellar work. But no one has produced seven masterpieces - and when I say "masterpiece," I mean works of absolute perfection.
For me, those seven are:
Highway 61 Revisited
Blonde on Blonde
The Basement Tapes (with The Band)
Blood on the Tracks
Time Out of Mind
Love and Theft
So for the next few days, it will be all Dylan, all the time. Hope you enjoy.