Planet Waves (studio album) by Bob Dylan

Planet Waves by Bob Dylan
Year: 1974
Overall rank: 2,987th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
72/100 (from 283 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1974 (49th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (535th)
Award Best albums of all time (2,987th)
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Bob Dylan bestography

Planet Waves is ranked 20th best out of 78 albums by Bob Dylan on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Bob Dylan is Highway 61 Revisited which is ranked number 26 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 31,002.

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Average Rating: 
72/100 (from 283 votes)
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This album has a Bayesian average rating of 72.2/100, a mean average of 71.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 72.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.4.

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70/100
From 04/24/2022 20:54
A decent album but that is about it unfortunately. There are a few great tracks on here such as the opening track, the two versions of Forever Young and Going, Going, gone. All of these have some great backing instrumentals and a brilliant chorus that really throws it back to the old school Dylan. These cuts definitely make the album worth listening to just to find them. I think his vocal is consistently amazing as well and carries the album on the slower and more boring tracks. This is the main problem with the record which are the dull filler tracks. They feel a bit empty and don't really provide anything to the album musically. Overall, a decent couple of songs with some filler which makes this a reasonably enjoyable listen.
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45/100
From 05/10/2020 19:31
Not a great album. I like the second version of Forever Young, but I can't really remember much else about it.
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80/100
From 02/13/2018 16:48
A very fun album, really one of Dylan's most underrated.
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75/100
From 11/12/2017 22:53
The first dylan album that's just good and not essential listening. It has its moments and it's great hearing him play with The Band, but it could & should have been so much more. A minor disapppointment.
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90/100
From 09/06/2017 03:22
A great vibe on this album with the classic Forever Young but there are lots of gems to be discovered such as Going, Going, Gone, Tough Mama and Something There is About You.
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From 09/22/2016 00:22
Best songs: Dirge above all, then Going going gone, Forever young (slow one) and Wedding song.
The others are good/ok but that's it.

Anyway Dirge alone worth owning the album.
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70/100
From 04/01/2016 11:55
A comeback album of sorts. It was Dylan's first album of new songs for just over three years, and his first and last record on David Geffen's asylum label. It's the only Dylan album recorded completely with The Band, excluding, the basement tapes. The first song is a kind of welcome back to his fans, with a night like this. Highlights of the album are, hazel, tough mama, and, going, going, gone. Wedding song is also very good. There are two version's of, forever young, with the fast tempo one pointless really. It's a good album, and it's Dylan getting back into the swing of it before his artistic comeback, blood on the tracks.
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70/100
From 03/07/2016 21:46
This album was such a disappointment to me when it was released. I still feel the same way.
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From 02/03/2015 03:57
Best Track: Forever Young
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75/100
From 12/01/2013 02:19
30 November 2013

This is a pretty good album. There are some real highlights here, such as "Going, Going Gone", "Hazel", "Forever Young" (the first version :() and, of course, "Dirge".

The main problem I have with this is it doesn't commit. For every good song there is, in my eyes, a somewhat lame or stale sounding rocker that has no real affect in me at all. The opener "On A night Like This" is such a track. As is track 3 "Tough Mama", etc.

There are definite signs of brilliance throughout here. The songwriting is pretty average mostly. The one big exception is "Dirge" which is a masterful look at broken bitterness. It's truly a marvelous song.

This is an up and down record. It contains one classic Dylan track, one very famous Dylan track (Forever Young), some quite good songs, and then a bunch of forgettable ones.

I also don't like the having 2 version of "Forever Young". Whats the point? And the 2nd one was just an annoying "rock" version of the first. Bleh.

All in all, it's alright. Not too fun. Not bad. Not great. Just ... Okay.

Grade 72/100
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