Today we're featuring an album by Bob Dylan, who has been hailed by many critics and publications as the greatest songwriter in American pop music history.
Early in his career, he considered his writing style to be an amalgam of influences - most notably, Woody Guthrie, Robert Johnson and Hank Williams.
We'll be featuring work by a couple of these artists later in our Coronavirus Countdown, but today we focus on just one of them and one of the greatest box sets ever released - "The Complete Hank Williams" released in 1998.
While the box set does leave off some live recordings and other stray recordings, it is, indeed, a complete collection of Williams' studio recordings so all the original hits are here. It's a good introduction to the work of an artist who is often considered the greatest songwriter in country music history. "The Complete Hank Williams" is your bonus selection of the day.
- Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb
CHUCK'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
(What's the Story) Morning Glory (1995)
Why I Love It
Not many bands take me back to the 1990s quite like Oasis. Any time I hear a song off of this amazing album, it brings a smile to my face. Influenced by The Beatles, Oasis had such an infectious sound that made its music difficult to not love. In my opinion, the band hit its peak with this collection of timeless tunes that are as fresh today as they were 25 years ago. I'm not sure there are many album closers that can hang in there with "Champagne Supernova."
"Wonderwall," "Don't Look Back in Anger" and "Champagne Supernova
Kendall on Chuck's Album of the Day
A fantastic pick, and an album that I considered for my own list. This was Oasis' second album, and it's the sound of a band realizing they are a pretty big deal - but then reining it all back in for a relatively quiet affair. The album is centered around some of alternative rock's best ballads - songs like. "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova" which are two of my favorite songs from that era.
KENDALL'S ALBUM OF THE DAY
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)
Why I Love It
I knew some of Bob Dylan's biggest hits before I ever heard this album. But it took this album for me to get Bob Dylan. This is the record where I finally understood what made Dylan so special.
In fact, I'll narrow it down even to a single song on this album. While I love the entire album and honestly believe it's one of the best displays of an artist's gifts ever committed to record, it was the song "Girl From the North Country" that pulled me into this album. It's a song written by a man looking back over the years of his life and remembering a love from his youth. It's a song that evokes the cold, cruel winters of Dylan's Minnesota homeland while he hopes that his former lover is safe and warm. He pictures her long hair as he remembered it and wonders if she remembers him, too. It's a beautiful song, one of the best Dylan ever wrote, and that's saying something for a guy who's often celebrated as America's greatest songwriter. I've been hooked on Dylan ever since I heard it.
"Blowin' In The Wind," "Girl From The North Country" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
Chuck on Kendall's Album of the Day
Kendall and I have had many discussions about Bob Dylan. I've never been a big fan of him as a vocalist, but I fully acknowledge that he is one of the greatest songwriters ever. If I had included a Dylan album on my list, it would have been this one. It's a fantastic record, with an iconic cover to boot. It's also a must for any music fan to hear.