#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.

No. 026

“On Dylan’s second album, the poetry and articulate fury of his lyrics and the simple, compelling melodies in songs like ‘Masters of War’ and ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ transformed American songwriting. Not bad for a guy who had just turned 22.”

Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Released: 1963
Label: Columbia
Rolling Stones Ranking: 97

Man, I love Bob Dylan’s sound. I recently read something about an artist who didn’t have very good vocals in their songs, and someone commented that they were like a modern-day Bob Dylan: great music, but bad vocals. I was shocked by this because I love Dylan’s voice. It’s incredibly raw, and he finds the power in that. In fact, it’s really hard for me to believe that Dylan was only 22 when recording The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan because the themes and sound are well above his years. The album opens with one of Dylan’s more famous songs, “Blowin’ in the Wind”, and it’s excellent. As the album progresses, it gets more and more political and poignant. This album is fantastic, and I can’t wait to listen through it again on vinyl. My goal is now to collect all of Dylan’s discography on vinyl because everything I have heard, I’ve absolutely loved. Sometimes an artist’s style just works for you, and that is how Dylan is for me. Freewheelin’ is great.

Cinefessions’ #315Albums Rating: 85%

Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.