Be not deceived by appearances. Looking at the cover, The Appletree Theatre looks fairly unremarkable, but it is a surprisingly compelling pop/psych album that is on par with other more celebrated studio group, concept album projects which emerged in the wake of “Pet Sounds” and “Sgt. Peppers,” such as October Country, The Smoke (Not “My Friend Jack,” the other one), The Holy Mackerel, and at times grazes the coattails of the likes of Sagittarius and even early Bee Gees.
The full-length album to accompany this Cleveland band’s biggest hit, the seminal garage rocker “Time Won’t Let Me” (it’s all about that 12-string, baby!). Though the other tracks never quite reach the same level as the hit single, which sold over a million copies, it’s an enjoyable garage-rock/pop album.
Whether you like acoustic Bob, electric Bob, Christian Bob, we can all agree that even when you find him underwhelming, Bob Dylan is still better than most. Check out the three music videos from this album and try to tell me Empire Burlesque is not one of his best albums of the 80s.