Tonight Iíll Be Staying Here with You (11/1/69) #50 US
ďJohn Wesley Harding suggested country with its textures and structures, but Nashville Skyline was a full-fledged country album, complete with steel guitars and brief, direct songs. It's a warm, friendly album, particularly since Bob Dylan is singing in a previously unheard gentle croon ó the sound of his voice is so different it may be disarming upon first listen, but it suits the songs. While there are a handful of lightweight numbers on the record, at its core are several excellent songs ó Lay Lady Lay, To Be Alone with You, I Threw It All Away, Tonight Iíll Be Staying Here with You, as well as a duet with Johnny Cash on Girl from the North Country ó that have become country-rock standards. And there's no discounting that Nashville Skyline, arriving in the spring of 1969, established country-rock as a vital force in pop music, as well as a commercially viable genreĒ (Erlewine).