Blonde on Blonde

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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 ...
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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. [In 2004, Columbia/Legacy reissued the two-CD remastered Blonde on Blonde as a single disc.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969240021
  • Catalog Number: 92400
  • Sales rank: 7,478

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Dylan Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Al Kooper Organ, Guitar, Horn, Keyboards, Track Performer, Musician
Robbie Robertson Guitar, Vocals
Joe South Guitar, Track Performer, Musician
Rick Danko Bass, Violin, Vocals
Bill Atkins Keyboards
Wayne Butler Trombone
Kenny Buttrey Drums, Track Performer, Musician
Paul Griffin Piano
Garth Hudson Keyboards, Saxophone
Jerry Kennedy Guitar, Track Performer, Musician
Sanford Konikoff Drums
Richard Manuel Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Wayne Moss Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer, Musician
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano, Keyboards, Track Performer, Musician
Henry Strzelecki Bass, Track Performer, Musician
Charlie McCoy Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Trumpet
Bill Aikins Track Performer, Musician
Jaime "Robbie" Robertson Track Performer, Musician
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Robbie Robertson Contributor
Amy Herot Reissue Producer
Bob Johnston Producer
Mark Wilder Remixing, Remastering
Vic Anesini Remixing
Stephen Saper Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    how funny

    luved it !

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Bard's Best

    There are a few misses on this CD. Sad-Eyed Lady seems to go on forever and Rainy Day Women has dated badly. Listen to the crest of it, though. The Nashville pros sound like they have been hanging out with Bob for years instead of days. Never again was Dylan able to get musicians to play with such creativity and inspiration. This was the peak of folk-rock. Just think, you can buy it for less than I probably paid for the 2 LP set about 30 years ago.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The last of a string, the last for 2 years

    This was the last album Dylan made before his "motorcycle accident" and so the last album we would have from him for nearly two years. This album was released in 1966 and so there would be nothing from him during that amazing year of 1967, but Blonde on Blond would affect that entire year. The beauty of this album and the fear that it would be his last had a great effect on all those classic albums of 1967. Jimi Hendrix became practically obsessed with Dylan and it showed in his concerts as well as his recordings, and he's just one example of the effect Dylan's absence, and this albums presence, had on the world of Rock and Roll. The album itself has so many things going on that there was plenty to dig through while Dylan recovered, and it's a pleasure to dig through it today just as it was back then. A true classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    That 'Thin wild Mercury sound'

    This was how the man himself described it, and I can hear what he means, and so should you. This is not arguably one of the greatest albums ever, it is an album everyone should own. Every track is legendary, it's the sort of album that's always in the back of my mind when I'm thinking of what to listen to next, and the reason for not doing so is only ever that I've listened to it too recently. Also one third of the greatest trilogy of albums ever made, with Bringing it All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    God Loves it and I do Too

    Bob Dylan has never done a bad song in his life and he's never done a bad album either so it's hard to pick your favorite but i have and this is my favorite album and my favorite song is on this album too it's Most Likely You'll Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine. If you want to get a Bob Dylan C.D but dont know which to get then i can tell you that you need to get this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dylan masterpiece

    Dylan's unique brand of rock and roll. Country and blues fusion, but completely different from anything you'd heard before. Hardly a dull moment on this "double album", but Sad Eyed Lady and Visions of Johanna are masterworks. Then there's Stuck Inside of Mobile and Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat. The list goes on and on. The musicianship is also as good as anything recorded . . . you can listen to the whole album focussing solely on Kenny Buttrey's drumming and have a good time. How about the tasty, subtle lead guitar on Visions of Johanna? It makes my skin crawl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW

    I L-O-V-E this CD and I listen to it every day...I need my daily dose of Bob! The words are absolutely amazing, and he can say things that are almost impossible to express. These songs are more like stories. I don't even know how to describe them. Bob Dylan is gold.

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