(1965) Highway 61 Revisited

Bob Dylan

... read moreTaking 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...

50′:58″ 9 Songs

1
Like A Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan
6:09
2
Tombstone Blues
Bob Dylan
5:55
3
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Bob Dylan
4:04
4
From A Buick 6
Bob Dylan
3:15
5
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Bob Dylan
5:56
6
Queen Jane Approximately
Bob Dylan
5:27
7
Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan
3:25
8
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Bob Dylan
5:27
9
Desolation Row
Bob Dylan
11:20
Released 27 August 1965, Originally Released 1965 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Review

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