Where Is The Love For ' New Morning ' ?

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  1. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    I' ve bee reading some of the Dylan threads here and am enjoying them but there seems to be an absolute dearth of love for his great 1970 album New Morning.
    There's plenty about Blood on the Tracks , the electric 60's albums , the Bootleg series etc but where oh where is the amour for the delightful New Morning?
    I surely can't be alone in this wilderness.
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  2. johnny 99

    johnny 99 Down On Main Street


    Here's some love for "New Morning"
    I got it for XMAS 1970 and it really grew on my young ears at the time. I was only 11, but a big Dylan fan as I was able to get a lot of his albums out of the library in those days and hear them in the entirety that way.

    I love the two remixes on "Another Self Portrait" (New Morning and Sign On The Window) Makes you wonder what the whole album would have been like with even more input from Al Kooper.

    However, it's great as it is and time has been kind to it.
  3. Jaycat

    Jaycat Forum Resident

    Harvard, MA, USA
    It's here, baby! Right here! (especially Sign On The Window and Time Passes Slowly).
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  4. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    I knew you people were out there somewhere...
    " The man standing ' next to me..his head was exploding '. I was prayin' the pieces wouldn't fall on me! "
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  5. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    I have always really, really liked New Morning.

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  6. goodboyfred

    goodboyfred Forum Resident

    I love New Morning. If Not For You is a classic that opens the record. George Harrison does it justice on All Things Must Pass. Day Of The Locust has a David Crosby reference in the line And The man standing next to me, his head was exploding. Good Weed. One More Weekend is an underrated bluesy jam. Great all around.
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  7. lschwart

    lschwart Senior Member

    Richmond, VA
    I love the record.

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  8. johnny 99

    johnny 99 Down On Main Street

    Anyone who likes "New Morning", has to love this:


    It makes a good case for Dylan being really great around this period.
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  9. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    It's funny, I'm not a big fan of Self Portrait or Dylan (although Spanish Is The Loving Tongue is great) but I have no problem with any of the post Blonde On Blonde albums. I don't really count the cover albums much anyhow.... Then everyone says the Blood On The Tracks is this big come-back album ... and I love Blood On the Tracks, and Maybe Desire even more, but John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, New Morning and Planet waves are all very good albums.
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  10. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    I provided comments on New Morning on previous threads re: this subject.
    To sum
    * the tracks sound like demos. Needed much more work to produce a finished track. Sounds like they just ran a couple of takes and said, “that’s it”. Judy Collins was able to produce a melody and memorable production of “Time Passes Slowly”. Bob and crew should have worked on this also.
    * production is too thin, guitars tinny, bass weak. No dynamics, no warmth. Shallow sound unlike previous lps.
    * “Two Angels”, “Father of Night”, “Dogs”, “Winterlude”, ‘Weekend” just seemed tossed off to fill the record. Several of these are quite lifeless.

    More work, better production, development of the songs and melody needed. Some songs should have been scrapped.
    Dylan is in fine voice, several good songs.
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  11. Panther

    Panther Forum Resident

    Tokyo, Japan
    I love New Morning, yes. It's one of Dylan's most "listenable" records, as in even people who don't like him can enjoy it. Lots of strong melodies, and the songs are all short.

    "Time Passes Slowly", "Day of the Locusts", and especially "Sign on the Window" need to be heard.

    One reason this album is kind of different is that all (most of) the tunes were written on piano.
  12. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    The love's here too! New Morning is a beauty of an album. A happy album and one of my favourite Dylan ones.
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  13. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

    I love Dylan during this period. I remember going in to Self Portrait and Dylan for the first time kind of gritting my teeth, expecting them to be dreadful because that's what I had heard for years. But I find them charming and New Morning even better. A lovely, homespun record that appeals to the same part of me that thinks McCartney is Paul McCartney's best solo record. Loose, sweet and simple. Just plain good music.

    Day of the Locusts and Sign on the Window are my favorites.
  14. drad dog

    drad dog Forum Resident

    New England
    Is that a reference to David Crosby?
  15. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    It is!
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  16. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Village Green Preservation Society Member

    I love New Morning.
    Everything Dylan did between 1969-71 is perfection in my book.
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  17. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

    Love here!

    One of my faves!
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  18. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    "If not for you...I just wouldn't have a clue"
    As good a line as any he wrote.
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  19. Mr. D

    Mr. D Forum Resident

    There are a few clunkers: Three Angels and Father of the Night and I prefer the Another Self Portrait version of If Dogs Run Free but the high points make up for it, in my opinion, and as others have pointed out there are other gems during this time period that can be slotted in on one's New Morning playlist.

    An underrated album, for sure.
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  20. CBackley

    CBackley Chairman of the Bored

    It’s one of my favorites. Always loved it.

    I really enjoy the MFSL vinyl and SACD.
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  21. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader Thread Starter

    Oh..I quite like Three Angels..it's where I got my forum name doncha know.
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  22. TeddyB

    TeddyB Forum Resident

    The Man In Me! Covered by the Clash at Vanilla Studios (and later released with the Vanilla Tapes) years before the Coen Brothers made it the centerpiece of The Big Lebowski.
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  23. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
    I think it's a very good album. Not top 10, but feels somewhere between 15-20.

    My favorite song is the title song.
  24. Add me to the list of New Morning fans, liked it as soon as I heard it upon release.

    “Went To See the Gypsy” has always held a spell over me. Everlasting classic.
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  25. Pierino

    Pierino Forum Resident

    I think New Morning is a good album but not a great album. :hide:
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