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Highway 61 Revisited

Bob Dylan

Highway 61 Revisited

12" LP

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Quick Overview

Dylan was virtually gushing great songs when this masterpiece arrived in the summer of 1965. From the epochal opening of "Like a Rolling Stone" through the absurdly apocalyptic closer, "Desolation Row," his command of surrealistic language was daring and amazing. As a vocalist, he was rewriting the rules of the game. Jimi Hendrix made note of Mr. Z's technically suspect pitch and decided that he too was a singer. And the backing, though ragged, is precisely right. Is this the essential Dylan album? It's certainly one of them.


Taking the first, electric side of Bringing It All Back Home to its logical conclusion, Bob Dylan hired a full rock & roll band, featuring guitarist Michael Bloomfield, for Highway 61 Revisited. Opening with the epic "Like a Rolling Stone," Highway 61 Revisited careens through nine songs that range from reflective folk-rock ("Desolation Row") and blues ("It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry") to flat-out garage rock ("Tombstone Blues," "From a Buick 6," "Highway 61 Revisited"). Dylan had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster. Throughout the album, he embraces druggy, surreal imagery, which can either have a sense of menace or beauty, and the music reflects that, jumping between soothing melodies to hard, bluesy rock. And that is the most revolutionary thing about Highway 61 Revisited -- it proved that rock & roll needn't be collegiate and tame in order to be literate, poetic, and complex.

Additional Information

Artist Bob Dylan
Track Listing 1 Like a Rolling Stone - 6:13 2 Tombstone Blues - 5:58 3 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry - 4:09 4 From a Buick 6 - 3:19 5 Ballad of a Thin Man - 5:58 6 Queen Jane Approximately - 5:31 7 Highway 61 Revisited - 3:30 8 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - 5:31 9 Desolation Row - 11:21

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