The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on May 27, 1963 by Columbia Records. Whereas his self-titled debut album Bob Dylan had contained only two original songs, Freewheelin' represented the beginning of Dylan's writing contemporary words to traditional melodies. Eleven of the thirteen songs on the album are Dylan's original compositions. The album opens with "Blowin' in the Wind", which became an anthem of the 1960s, and an international hit for folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary soon after the release of Freewheelin'. The album featured several other songs which came to be regarded as among Dylan's best compositions and classics of the 1960s folk scene: "Girl from the North Country", "Masters of War", "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right".
Dylan's lyrics embraced news stories drawn from headlines about the Civil Rights Movement and he articulated anxieties about the fear of nuclear warfare. Balancing this political material were love songs, sometimes bitter and accusatory, and material that features surreal humor. Freewheelin' showcased Dylan's songwriting talent for the first time, propelling him to national and international fame. The success of the album and Dylan's subsequent recognition led to his being named as "Spokesman of a Generation", a label Dylan repudiated.
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan reached number 22 in the US (eventually going platinum), and became a number-one album in the UK in 1964. In 2003, the album was ranked number 97 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2002, Freewheelin' was one of the first 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.
Label: DOL DOS607HP
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Picture Disc, Reissue
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
A1 Going To New Orleans
A2 Sally Gal
A3 Corrina, Corrina
A4 The Death Of Emmett Till
A5 (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
A6 Rocks And Gravel
A7 Baby Please Don't Go
A8 Milk Cow's Calf Blues
A9 Mixed Up Confusion
B1 Wichita (Going To Louisiana)
B2 Baby I'm In The Mood For You
B3 That's Alright Mama
B4 That's Alright Mama (Alternate Take)
B5 Ballad Of Hollis Brown
B6 Whatcha Gonna Do
B7 Hero Blues
B8 I Shall Be Free