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The best Dylan single released in 1968?
All along the Watchtower b/w I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 47%  47%  [ 7 ]
All along the Watchtower b/w I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 53%  53%  [ 8 ]
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PostPosted: Thu March 22nd, 2018, 19:41 GMT 

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This is a tough one. A month after Jimi Hendrix's apocalyptic take on "All along the Watchtower" peaked at number 20 on the Billboard chart, Columbia decided it was time to issue Dylan's original, from an album that had been out for almost a year. Somehow it failed to chart. Many critics and fans now consider this one of Dylan's finest singles. But was it even his best of 1968?


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PostPosted: Thu March 22nd, 2018, 19:47 GMT 
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AATW was the clear choice for the A-side. Me no like the B-side. It's fine as a breather once we've wended our way through the LP. Not a worthy choice for the single considering what else is there. Fail.


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PostPosted: Thu March 22nd, 2018, 20:22 GMT 
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^Agree with Ain’t Talkin’, never been a fan of I’ll Be Your Baby.


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PostPosted: Thu March 22nd, 2018, 21:03 GMT 

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Guys, can we stay on topic? This isn't about the A side versus the B side. It's about what Bob's best single of 1968 was, the A side and the B side together. If you think the B side is weak, that's fine. But is it so weak that you wouldn't vote for the single? That's the real question here.


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PostPosted: Thu March 22nd, 2018, 21:08 GMT 
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I cast my vote for write-in candidate. Those two mugs on the ballot don't do it for me.


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PostPosted: Thu March 22nd, 2018, 21:34 GMT 
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Can I take You Ain't Goin' Nowhere by The Byrds?


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PostPosted: Thu March 22nd, 2018, 22:35 GMT 
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mojofilter wrote:
Guys, can we stay on topic? This isn't about the A side versus the B side. It's about what Bob's best single of 1968 was, the A side and the B side together. If you think the B side is weak, that's fine. But is it so weak that you wouldn't vote for the single? That's the real question here.

The B side is 1/2 of the single, so I think talking about our opinions of it is on topic.


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PostPosted: Thu March 22nd, 2018, 23:14 GMT 
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In some European countries, including the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, "Drifter's Escape" was released as a single in 1968 backed by "John Wesley Harding".

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PostPosted: Thu March 22nd, 2018, 23:15 GMT 
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mystic garden wrote:
In some European countries, including the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, "Drifter's Escape" was released as a single in 1968 backed by "John Wesley Harding".

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Now there's a single!


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PostPosted: Fri March 23rd, 2018, 06:51 GMT 
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I didn't know about Drifter's Escapade being released as a single. I wonder why this particular track was picked. And why JWH as the flipside?
Anyway, from these two releases, the AATW-single is the better one. Not just because the A-side obviously is superior, but because I also consider the B-side to be better than Drifter or John Wesley Harding.


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PostPosted: Fri March 23rd, 2018, 07:35 GMT 
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Hi mojofilter, why didn't you make a proper poll out of it and include the Drifter's Escape / John Wesley Harding single? After all you included the If You Gotta Go Now single in your 'The best Dylan single released in 1967?' poll, and that was also only released in the Benelux countries. And if you wanted to know if people preferred the A side or B side of the AATW single why didn't you reverse the track order on option 'B'?

e.g.
All along the Watchtower b/w I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight b/w All along the Watchtower
Drifter's Escape b/w John Wesley Harding


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PostPosted: Sat March 24th, 2018, 01:10 GMT 
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Of course All Along Watchtower is his best single from 1968. It would be his best single from any year that followed as well. What Dylan single from 1969-2018 is as good as Watchtower? Heaven's Door?


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PostPosted: Sat March 24th, 2018, 01:22 GMT 
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Ghost Of Lectricity wrote:
Of course All Along Watchtower is his best single from 1968. It would be his best single from any year that followed as well. What Dylan single from 1969-2018 is as good as Watchtower? Heaven's Door?


Tangled Up In Blue/If You See Her Say Hello blows this one out of the water.


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PostPosted: Sat March 24th, 2018, 03:43 GMT 
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^ I knew it would be Tangled Up In Blue.

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blows it out of the water? Surely you're exaggerating.


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