Highway 61 Revisited

Performers Bob Dylan

Columbia | June 22, 2004 | Compact Disc

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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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 22, 2004

Genre: Folk Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1965

Label Name: Columbia

UPC: 827969239926

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Highway 61 Revisited

Highway 61 Revisited

Performers Bob Dylan
Guest Artist(s) Al Kooper, Charlie McCoy, Mike Bloomfield
Producer Bob Johnston, Tom Wilson

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 22, 2004

Genre: Folk Rock

Style: Pop/Rock

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 1965

Label Name: Columbia

UPC: 827969239926


Title Track Time
1.Like A Rolling Stone --
2.Tombstone Blues --
3.It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry --
4.From A Buick 6 --
5.Ballad Of A Thin Man --
6.Queen Jane Approximately --
7.Highway 61 Revisited --
8.Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues --
9.Desolation Row --

Editorial Notes

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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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