Nashville Skyline review
Skyline is part of his Bob Dylan's country faze from the late
60's and early 70's, and his strongest output from that genre.
Dylan's voice is a bit different in tone, but it sounds great to me.
Many claim his voice tone is a result of the fact that he recently
quit smoking, while others theorize it is a result of Johnny Cash's
influence on Dylan from their 1969
sessions, of which one song is included on this album. His back-up
band is made up of first-rate musicians that offer plenty of tasty
steel guitar as well as the expected piano and guitar fills and
solos. One way to characterize the writing style is a combining
folk, blues, and rock into a country feel.
three tracks really define this output, a country theme with
excellent soloing, with a touch of rock. The album begins strong
emphasizing vocals with "Girl From the North Country," a
track featuring Johnny Cash as they trade off verses and harmonize,
laid back indeed.
Next, the band shows that they have musical chops as they perform an
instrumental and take turns trading licks with acoustic guitar,
piano, harmonica, steel guitar, etc. Next up, they switch to an
electric tone providing a more upbeat feel with "To Be Alone
Day" is a perfect example of Dylan's ability to write a
folk/blues track and give it a country feel with fine steel and
acoustic guitar soloing as well as strong vocals. The big hit from
the album, "Lay Lady Lay," with its mesmerizing rhythm and
catchy melodies and familiar steel guitar riffs debuted here, while
also appearing on numerous compilations and a rousing live version
with The Band on Before the
closes with two electric guitar based tracks where on both songs the
guitar, piano, and steel guitar delight the listener. The latter
song, "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" is more
developed and is every bit as good of the albums best known tune,
"Lay Lady Lay." The
guitar style on both of these tracks is reminiscent of Robbie
Skyline may not have as many hits as some of his classic albums.
However, it does offer a first class band of musicians backing Dylan
spilling out gorgeous riffs and solos over Dylan's compositions. If
you like this style music, Nashville Skyline is essential.
Barry Small ©