My Dylan Yodel #374 – Larry Blumen
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I just got through listening to Dylan’s Christmas album, all the way through, for the seventh time since Christmas. Up to about the fifth time, I was thinking—Bob Dylan. Doing Christmas songs. Uh, yeah. Then, somewhere during the fifth go-round, it got to me—this is vintage Dylan. It’s good!
He has done the whole Christmas catalog with a Christmas blues and a Christmas polka thrown in for grins. Competent arrangements, orchestrated without irony, and Dylan’s voice, weaving in and out miraculously. Sure, the voice is ruined, but he plays it the same way he plays his wild harmonica. He hits every note right, unexpectedly. If you’re truly Dylan afflicted—get it, hear it, like it. Even if it’s not Christmas.
Extra credit: on which cut does Dylan sing: “Ho, Ho, Ho!”?
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