Highway 61 Revisited

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969239926
  • Catalog Number: 92399
  • Sales rank: 356

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Dylan Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Bob Johnston Producer
Tom Wilson Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of Bob's Best

    After listening to it for almost 30 years I rank this album just below Blonde on Blonde and Blood on the Tracks in the Dylan canon. Desolation Row seems to be under-arranged and slightly long and the effects on the title track seem dated but that is quibbling on my part. Almost all the songs appear on one of Dylan's many live albums, so he apparently feels they are classics. For my part, I prefer Tombstone Blues and From a Buick 6 to the overexposed Like a Rolling Stone. PS: Mike Bloomfield does some great pre-Hendrix guitar playing on this CD.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Another in that string of perfect albums

    After the disappointment of Dylan's very first album he proceeded to put out a string of practically perfect recordings. Is it possible to say which in that string the best is? Perhaps not, but the presence of Ballad of A Thin Man makes this the one I would find hardest to leave behind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The sound of immortality

    From the opening snare shot of "Like A Rolling Stone" to the last harmonica note of the 11 minute epic "Desolation Row" Dylan made himself an icon of music and American pop culture. This history making recording deserves all the lavish credit it gets. It's introspection, humor, cynicism, and the sheer energy of Dylan's nasal vocals leaves an immediate and powerful impression. This album influences music and pop culture to this day, and even though his cryptic lyrics steal the show, the music ain't bad either. Dylan's lyrics are beautiful because you can interpret them however you like. Every song is unique and he never gets boxed into any particular style. Music like this will never be made again, so if you want to take a mind blowing 51 minute trip into bliss, I suggest you pick up music I'd love to be lost on a desert island with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highway 6l is my favorite

    I am a true Bob Dylan fan and this is the BEST of Dylan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Highway 61 Revisited

    I don't know, something tells me this album is a tad overrated. Don't get me wrong, it is very, very good. Is it really as high as the 4th best album of all time (which was what Rolling Stone Magazine named it)? Well, regardless of all that, this c.d. contains one of my favorite Dylan songs of all time: "Ballad of a Thin Man." This album is recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Albums that I think is a great record album

    Man, I can believe I bought this album, the best albums that I bought, I feel adjusted to this song call "Desolation Row", if the song finishes play that song again, my other favorite song "Like a rolling stone" (A Put Down Song if you get very angry hear this song and the album) "Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues" Sounds like a stripers place or somethng connecting to that, and the 11 minute song "desolation row" a poem song that i said hoow what a long song but the lyrics are well writen, a poem song. the best albun that i like and the best albums i got in my bob dylan collection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Possibly his best!

    This could be considered one Bob's best. It is at least up with Blonde On Blonde, Bringing It All Back Home, and Blood On The Tracks. This is a short and informationless review but this album is a classic.

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