24/4/2023 4:24 pm  #1

Bob Dylan Modern Times Review


"After the rip-roaring ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin”, Dylan resumes his mellifluous country tones in ‘When the Deal Goes Down’. The track is based on the melody of Bing Crosby’s ‘Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)’ and, as such, was a source of controversy upon the album’s arrival. Although Dylan’s ballad contained his original lyrics, he was called out by the media in reference to the album’s liner notes, which stated: “All songs written by Bob Dylan”. Several other tracks from the album were included in the debate due to their derivative qualities. Dylan didn’t credit the artists but casually admitted to deriving his melodies from legendary artists. As Pete Seeger once quoted Woody Guthrie as saying while discussing the folk process, “That guy stole that from me, but I steal from everybody.”



24/4/2023 4:30 pm  #2

Re: Bob Dylan Modern Times Review

What specifically stands out to me as blatant stealing is the opening of the track in which the arrangement is copied from Bing’s 1931 recording’s opening.

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23/6/2023 3:51 am  #3

Re: Bob Dylan Modern Times Review

I'll have to check that out. I know when I heard Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" the melody in some parts sounded like "East side of Heaven."


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