Vintage TV
by W6AZ Thursday, May 19, 2016

I stumbled onto this video of the original Freewheelin' performance of Dylan's brilliant Don't Think Twice, It's All Right paired with some lovely 20th Century B & W film footage. Very very nice. One reason it works is that there is no original music video that goes with this song in our minds. There was no such thing in those days. So this doesn't clash with our expectation and the visual seems totally appropriate to the song.

Vintage Film would actually be a more appropriate title. I went to their You Tube channel, thinking I might find a lot of other great films. I discovered the Dylan video has been viewed more than 1.8 million times. There are 35 other videos in the channel and the next most viewed of them has been seen a bit less than 6,000 times, most of them less than 1,000 times. I watched two of the others. They were clearly not in the same class as this one. I have often found that the number of views of a musical performance is a good predictor of the quality of the video.

When Dylan went electric, his already visual music exploded into brilliant colors.