Blonde on Blonde

Blonde on Blonde

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by Bob Dylan
     
 

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Arguably one of the greatest rock 'n' roll records ever, Blonde on Blonde came out during a period of great creativity and considerable tumult for Bob Dylan: The 1966 classic followed two other seminal recordings, Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited,See more details below

Overview

Arguably one of the greatest rock 'n' roll records ever, Blonde on Blonde came out during a period of great creativity and considerable tumult for Bob Dylan: The 1966 classic followed two other seminal recordings, Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited, and came at a time when Dylan was playing his first concerts with a plugged-in band. His predominantly folk constituency booed him vociferously at most tour stops, but he was evidently roused by the response. Mostly written in hotel rooms during his tours in '65 and '66, Blonde on Blonde features enduring novelties like "Rainy Day Women #12 and #35" and "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" and bluesy romps such as "I Want You" and "Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine," as well as beautiful ballads like "Visions of Johanna," "Just Like a Woman," and "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands." Although it was recorded in Nashville, there isn't a pronounced country sound on Blonde on Blonde. However, following a hiatus (reportedly due to a motorcycle accident), Dylan emerged with a more countrified sound on his following recording, John Wesley Harding, launching another controversial chapter his career.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Highway 61 Revisited played as a garage rock record, the double album Blonde on Blonde inverted that sound, blending blues, country, rock, and folk into a wild, careening, and dense sound. Replacing the fiery Michael Bloomfield with the intense, weaving guitar of Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan led a group comprised of his touring band the Hawks and session musicians through his richest set of songs. Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play. Leavening the edginess of Highway 61 with a sense of the absurd, Blonde on Blonde is comprised entirely of songs driven by inventive, surreal, and witty wordplay, not only on the rockers but also on winding, moving ballads like "Visions of Johanna," "Just Like a Woman," and "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands." Throughout the record, the music matches the inventiveness of the songs, filled with cutting guitar riffs, liquid organ riffs, crisp pianos, and even woozy brass bands ("Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"). It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period -- he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969032565
catalogNumber:
90325
Rank:
41146

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35  - Bob Dylan
  2. Pledging My Time  - Bob Dylan
  3. Visions of Johanna  - Bob Dylan
  4. One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)  - Bob Dylan
  5. I Want You  - Bob Dylan
  6. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again  - Bob Dylan
  7. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat  - Bob Dylan
  8. Just Like a Woman  - Bob Dylan

Disc 2

  1. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)  - Bob Dylan
  2. Temporary Like Achilles  - Bob Dylan
  3. Absolutely Sweet Marie  - Bob Dylan
  4. 4th Time Around  - Bob Dylan
  5. Obviously 5 Believers  - Bob Dylan
  6. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands  - Bob Dylan

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Kooper   Organ,Musician
Robbie Robertson   Guitar
Joe South   Musician
Kenny Buttrey   Drums,Musician
Jerry Kennedy   Musician
Wayne Moss   Musician
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano,Musician
Henry Strzelecki   Musician
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica,Musician
Bill Aikins   Musician
Jaime "Robbie" Robertson   Musician

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Reissue Producer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
Didier C. Deutsch   Tape Research
Bob Johnston   Producer,Audio Production
George Marino   Mastering

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