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Theme Time Radio Hour with your host Bob Dylan: season two

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2169

Now something of an institution, Bob Dylan’s radio show divides the world into a series of somewhat random categories, such as work or guns, and then builds a playlist of songs around them.

The result is an eclectic mix of music that comes together to give us a picture of the US and beyond, from the 1930s to the present.

Listeners are challenged to go beyond their musical prejudices and take in everything from early blues and country and western to big band jazz and avant garde rock.

I knew I’d love the soul and blues tracks included here – such as James Brown’s “Three Hearts in a Tangle” and the Contours’ “First I Look at the Purse” – but I’d never have expected to be humming along to the beatnik classic “7 Heures Du Matin” or the schmaltzy “Rhode Island is Famous for You”.

And in among them all are real gems that I’d never heard before, including Miriam Makeba and the Skylarks singing “Make Us One”, a fantastic early call for civil rights.

Theme Time Radio Hour with your host Bob Dylan: season two
Ace Records, £13.99

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Tue 15 Sep 2009, 19:34 BST
Issue No. 2169
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