PLANET WAVES (GLOBAL VINYL TITLE) LP
Bob Dylan’s 1974 masterwork Planet Waves found him reuniting with the Band, by then firmly established as virtuosos in their own right. The chemistry is obvious on every song and the modest and spare production only magnifies the honesty and purity of the collaboration. Planet Waves is at its core an exhibition of the inimitable folk-rock honed by Dylan and the Band. Recalling the Americana spirit of The Basement Tapes while adding a domesticated edginess and subtracting a degree of wildness, the set personifies simple charm and scraggly sweetness.
Per Dylan's hallmark, many tunes involve twists and subterfuge. Not, however, the best known offerings – the often-covered wish "Forever Young," celebratory roll-and-tumble "On a Night Like This," devotional "You Angel You," which spark with love, romance, and prayer like tenderness.