Upon this album's release in 1965, Bob Dylan must have felt pretty good about himself. Odetta, one of the most indelible performancers of the folk revival (and the original inspiration for Dylan's embracing of folk), turned the tables and embraced him back. While Dylan was already the epicenter of the folk world (and was soon to leave it entirely) and there had already been a spate of Dylan covers released, ODETTA SINGS DYLAN was the first album devoted entirely to the young bard's songs. Hitched to her expressive contralto and the spry leads of Greenwich Village star guitarist, Bruce Langhorne, songs such as "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" are rendered with an expansive soul and nuanced musicality rare in their original forms. In 2008, the album was reissued with bonus versions of "Blowin' In the Wind" and "Paths of Victory."
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