Looking Forward to Looking Back: 10 Albums Celebrating Anniversaries in 2012 


Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan
The Anniversary: 50th, Released in 1962

On March 16, 1962, Columbia Records released an album by a young up-and-coming folk singer named Bob Dylan. You might have heard of him. The self-titled record is…OK, I guess? Dylan, then 21 years old, sounds unsure of what to do with his peculiar voice, and it’s more of a cover album than a showcase of his impressive song writing talents (he would pen “Tomorrow Is a Long Time” later in the year). Of the record’s 13 songs, only two are originals: “Talkin’ New York” and “Song to Woody,” an ode to Dylan’s idol, Woody Guthrie. Bob Dylan was reissued in 2010 and enough bootlegs have come from this era that we don’t need any unreleased material. To celebrate 50 years in the business, Dylan should end his Never Ending tour and play a series of acoustic shows in New York at his old stomping grounds, like Town Hall and Café Wha? If it’s good enough for Van Halen, it’s good enough for Dylan.


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