35 Years Ago Today -Bob Dylan Releases “Un-Engaging” ‘Knocked Out Loaded’ LP

35 years ago today (7/14/86), Bob Dylan released his 24th album Knocked Out Loaded, a 35-minute eight-song effort that many consider his least engaging effort to date. The album includes three cover songs, three collaborations with other songwriters, and two solo compositions by Dylan. Knocked Out Loaded would be Dylan’s first big collaboration with Tom Petty and his backup band The Heartbreakers- as Petty and Dylan would soon find themselves together in the Travelling Wilburys a couple of years later. Listen to “Under Your Spell,” a Knocked Out Loaded track being rehearsed by Dylan and The Grateful Dead prior to their live collaboration.

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  1. His “least engaging” album. Hmmm. Nice way of putting it. Frankly, it stunk. And it still does. Aside from Brownsville Girl, there’s nothing to recommend.

  2. The fact that Brownsville Girl is on it makes it impossible to “stink”. He put out a couple throwaways because he felt no one was listening. This and Down in the Groove. But they both have their moments.

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