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Which is the better album?
Under the red sky 31%  31%  [ 16 ]
Together Through Life 69%  69%  [ 35 ]
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PostPosted: Sun February 25th, 2018, 10:42 GMT 
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After having a play of these albums recently which stands up for you better?


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PostPosted: Sun February 25th, 2018, 11:25 GMT 
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TTL hands down


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PostPosted: Sun February 25th, 2018, 11:29 GMT 
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Together Through Life all the way. Under The Red Sky is overproduced and has some of Bob's weakest songs (Wiggle Wiggle, Unbelievable, 10,000 Men, and 2 X 2). The other tracks are great live or as part of the Oh Mercy sessions, but not in their current form (Born In Time, God Knows, Cat's in the Well). The only tracks that are fine for me are Under the Red Sky and T.V. Talkin' Song, and perhaps Handy Dandy.
Also, let's not forget, the year that followed (1991) was the absolute worst year of Bob's career (even worse than the whole mid-80's thing). It was so bad it was almost an insult to call them "shows".

On the other hand, Together Through Life is a good album. Not as good as Modern Times or Tempest, but a respectable album nevertheless. Beyond Here Lies Nothing is a staple of Dylan's repertoire, Life Is Hard is a wonderful simple song, Jolene is groovy, Forgetful Heart is a lost masterpiece, and This Dream of You is excellent. The others are not memorable that much, but they blend well with the rest of the album.


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PostPosted: Sun February 25th, 2018, 12:02 GMT 

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Under The Red Sky, no contest.


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PostPosted: Sun February 25th, 2018, 14:54 GMT 
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Sometimes the question is does the album hold up or do the various live versions of the songs on the album hold up. Many of Bob's song may be born on albums but do not come to life until he does them live.


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PostPosted: Sun February 25th, 2018, 15:28 GMT 

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I resequenced TTL and it became vastly better.


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PostPosted: Sun February 25th, 2018, 15:55 GMT 

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skullduggery09 wrote:
I resequenced TTL and it became vastly better.


I put it in the blender with cilantro and garlic. It's delicious!

What a depressing poll.


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PostPosted: Sun February 25th, 2018, 22:03 GMT 
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wormington wrote:
TTL hands down

Me too, although neither are in heavy rotation for me.


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PostPosted: Sun February 25th, 2018, 23:37 GMT 
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No brainier.
TTL songs superior
TTL production? Don't even start


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PostPosted: Sun February 25th, 2018, 23:56 GMT 
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Nightingale's Code wrote:
...neither are in heavy rotation for me.


Yeah, same here.
Never really thought of comparing either against the other.
Both have a tendency not to hold the attention span.

Red Sky takes it though, being just a little bit less boring.

Most of the songs played live from either are fine, or have been over the years.


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PostPosted: Mon February 26th, 2018, 00:22 GMT 
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Still Go Barefoot wrote:
Nightingale's Code wrote:
...neither are in heavy rotation for me.


Yeah, same here.
Never really thought of comparing either against the other.
Both have a tendency not to hold the attention span.

Red Sky takes it though, being just a little bit less boring.

Most of the songs played live from either are fine, or have been over the years.


The point wasnt really in comparing them, and I wasnt saying they were major works either, just really a bit of fun. sometimes playing albums that arent necessary your favourites is fun.

The previous night I played Tempest and Together Through Life back to back after it had been awhile listening to them, enjoyed Together through Life much more than I expected and inflicted Under The red sky on the wife yesterday with even that sounding a bit better than usually because Id had a long break from it.


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PostPosted: Mon February 26th, 2018, 00:50 GMT 
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Desolation Row wrote:
The point wasnt really in comparing them, and I wasnt saying they were major works either, just really a bit of fun. sometimes playing albums that arent necessary your favourites is fun.

Totally get it and am enjoying the fun! Keep it rolling.


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PostPosted: Mon February 26th, 2018, 02:03 GMT 

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I thought this was a fun post, to be honest. I think that Together Through Life might take it, but I was surprised to see they were kind of close for a while. Under the Red Sky might not be, to paraphrase Don Was, one of the big albums but I do think you can take away something from it other than it being so terrible (in other people’s eyes). My first reaction to it was a bit harsh, but I think it’s a fun record with a few great songs. Together Through Life is fun too, but you can tell Dylan wasn’t just tossing it off despite what some people claim.

Together Through Life actually seemed to gather a few great reviews when it came out. I don’t think it’s deserving of that much praise, but I don’t think Dylan or Robert Hunter was aiming for that. Just a fun album that the two got to work on, which resulted in some good songs.

I don’t think anyone really loved Under the Red Sky except for Robert Christgau. I don’t have his level of enthusiasm for that record, but I’ll put it on once in a blue moon. Clinton Heylin mentioned how it and Oh Mercy are equal in quality, I don’t see that at all but I think it’s interesting he does. It’s funny, Under the Red Sky almost seems like it was bound to happen. Supposedly Dylan wasn’t in the best space emotionally and creatively, and still managed to come out with Oh Mercy and write a majority of the Wilburys albums. Plus he started the never ending tour. I can totally understand him running out of steam for a bit.

This maybe should be easier to pick an album, but I still haven’t been able to.


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PostPosted: Mon February 26th, 2018, 03:18 GMT 
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At no point on UTRS does it reach the heights of Life Is Hard, Forgetful Heart, and This Dream Of You. Even Beyond Here Lies Nothin' and I Feel A Change Comin' On are preferable to me than anything on Red Sky. Easy choice.


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PostPosted: Mon February 26th, 2018, 03:37 GMT 
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Surprisingly difficult.

Chose 'Together Through Life' because I know I've listened to it more and maybe it is more consistent, but I think that 'under the red sky' reaches higher on some songs.

Maybe I'll give part marks for both.


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PostPosted: Mon February 26th, 2018, 06:37 GMT 
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I'm gonna keep it real with you chief. There is no contest, Together Through Life is a masterpiece compared to Under a Red Sky


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