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Van Morrison Vs. Bob Dylan

Discussion in 'The Vapor Lounge' started by ghostofcyberx13, Apr 11, 2018.

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Who do you like better and why?

Poll closed Apr 18, 2018.
  1. Van Morrison

    13 vote(s)
    56.5%
  2. Bob Dylan

    9 vote(s)
    39.1%
  3. Meh, don't care for either

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  1. ghostofcyberx13

    ghostofcyberx13 And That Ain't No Joke, You Can Disappear In Smoke

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    Well both of these gentlemen are legendary poets, songwriters, and musians but who do you like best and why? This poll is just for fun and conversation and maybe to gain more knowledge of these legendary men.
     
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  2. duff

    duff The world is so small, 'til it ain't

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    Tough call but I went with Bob.
     
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  3. ghostofcyberx13

    ghostofcyberx13 And That Ain't No Joke, You Can Disappear In Smoke

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    Well I'm glad it was a tough call(I had to find some artist/poet/musician that could challenge "Father Bob") it was for me as well but I went for the "Van Man". Wavelength, Gloria, Domino and Brown-Eyed Girl did it for me. Still one of my favorite songs ever is "Positively Fourth Street" by Dylan.
     
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  4. Morty

    Morty Well-Zoned Member

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    Van Morrison

    He got more boogie
     
  5. grampa_herb

    grampa_herb CO2 oil bigot

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    Van cuz of his voice.
     
  6. shredder

    shredder Well-Known Member

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    BOB! Not a tough call at all.
     
  7. JCat

    JCat Well-Known Member Accessory Maker

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    Jerry Garcia Band does a killer version of "Positively Fourth Street" as well :)

    I can't decide! (you picked 2 of my favourites ... next to the Grateful Dead ... these are definitely in my top 10 if not top 5 ... both of them!)

    You should check out some live 73-78 Van Morrison and maybe it will become a tough call to you :) ('73 is one of my favourite years for Morrison for sure)
     
  8. BabyFacedFinster

    BabyFacedFinster Capo di tutt'i capi

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    It's apples and oranges to me, but I actually owned VM albums so I went with him. Dylan's voice was kind of whiny sounding to me.
     
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  9. OldNewbie

    OldNewbie Well-Known Member

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    This seems the closest to my feeling as well. VM can be some toe tapping fun while Dylan just tries to make you think. While I don't listen to songs on the radio any longer, in the olden days when you'd hear the first few notes of something like Brown Eyed Girl (Do-do-DU-do-do) the radio was turned loud and preparations were made for dancing in the seat. Dylan? You might tell your friends to be quiet, but there was not going to be any dancing. Seat or otherwise.

    (That being said, Van Morrison's claim he has "about 300" songs that are better than BEG might not be entirely accurate; although I think we all know how to spell "Gloria" without looking it up.)
     
  10. shredder

    shredder Well-Known Member

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    Record sales seem like an fairly accurate gauge of popularity. Anyone have the data on who sold more?

    I suspect bob Dylan sold more albums, because while van Morrison made a lot of albums, he never had a lot of sales. Both are icons, both respect each other. I see dylan as an intellectual song writer entertainer, and van morrison as a crooner.
     
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  11. OldNewbie

    OldNewbie Well-Known Member

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    That would be Bob.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_music_artists

    Edit:
    Unless you're talking of just the U.S.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-certified_music_artists_in_the_United_States
     
  12. Morty

    Morty Well-Zoned Member

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    Click to play YouTube Video
     
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  13. RUDE BOY

    RUDE BOY Space is the Place

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  14. BabyFacedFinster

    BabyFacedFinster Capo di tutt'i capi

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    This might be too bold, for that I apologize.

    I liken Dylan to a phrase I've heard about classic literature. Often admired but rarely read.
     
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  16. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

    It was thought of as the revolution. Well, a lot of very important things happened. Jim Crow was smashed, the beginnings of the movements that would end communism in Eastern Europe—all sorts of things were happening all around the world in the late 1960s, throughout the 1960s. And Dylan was very much a part of that. And his music was very much a part of that. It expressed what he wanted to express, but people caught onto it as an expression of what they were feeling, what they were thinking.

    I took this text out of a larger article about Dylan. Dylan’s music came at the right time in American history. This sums it up for me. I like Van Morrison’s music too. I agree with the statement apples and oranges. They are too different. Other than being from basically the same era.
     
  17. BabyFacedFinster

    BabyFacedFinster Capo di tutt'i capi

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    They stone you and then they say good luck :)

    And it stoned me to my soul, stoned me just like jelly roll, and it stoned me :)

    :peace:
     
  18. mccringleberry

    mccringleberry Well-Known Member

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    I think Bob would have the edge in stiking. VM would be wise to not get into a boxing match with him. But VM is the better grappler. If he can get Bob on the ground, he has a decent shot at a choke or armbar submission.

    source: my ass
     
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  19. grampa_herb

    grampa_herb CO2 oil bigot

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    I read an interview with Van once where he seemed to accuse Bob Seger of copying his style. I guess I can hear some influence on Night Moves.

    I think Wavelength is burned into my brain from an acid trip long ago. I thought the song would save the world then. :science:
     
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  20. ghostofcyberx13

    ghostofcyberx13 And That Ain't No Joke, You Can Disappear In Smoke

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    Gotsta get me some "Wavelength" so I'm going to 4th Street, yup "Positively 4th Street". I will meet my "Brown-Eyed Girl" her name is "Domino" then we will both go "All Along The Watchtower" because "Everybody Must Get Stoned"!
     
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  21. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    Who do I like better?

    As a performer, Morrison.

    As a songwriter, it's a tossup.

    As a lyricist, no contest. Dylan !!!
     
  22. macbill

    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Dylan can sure tell a story. Up tempo tune "Lily, Rosemary And the Jack of Hearts" is like 8 minutes long and has no repeating chorus. Dylan seemed like The Pied Piper of Baby-Boomer-Social-Outrage-Awareness. "Blowin' In The Wind", etc. He was a huge force in my youth.
     
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