Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
Label: Sundazed Music/Columbia
Catalog#: LP 5071
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono, Reissue NEW
Style: Folk Rock, Blues Rock
Credits: Bass - Harvey Goldstein , Russ Savakus
Drums - Bobby Gregg
Guitar - Charlie McCoy , Michael Bloomfield
Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Other [Police Car Sounds] - Bob Dylan
Organ, Piano - Al Kooper
Piano - Frank Owens
Piano, Organ - Paul Griffin
Producer - Bob Johnston
An exact reproduction of the original 1965 Columbia mono album CL 2389, featuring the original sleeve-notes and photos, and all-analog mastering from the absolute original source tapes.
A1 Like A Rolling Stone (5:59)
Producer - Tom Wilson
A2 Tombstone Blues (5:53)
A3 It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (3:25)
A4 From A Buick 6 (3:06)
A5 Ballad Of A Thin Man (5:48)
B1 Queen Jane Approximately (4:57)
B2 Highway 61 Revisited (3:15)
B3 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (5:08)
B4 Desolation Row (11:18)
There are many dividing lines in rock and roll. Before Elvis and after Elvis, before The Beatles and after The Beatles, and so on. "Highway 61 Revisted" invites such a watershed moment in rock and roll. Prior to the release people such as Steve Allen would gather great laughs just from reciting the lyrics to rock and roll songs. For example, Steve Allen would read "Be bop a lu bop, she's my baby", and audiences would guffaw loudly.
When "61" was released, it was evident that rock and roll had meaning, it was an viable art form. Dylan's fury and wounded ego can be heard throughout the album snarling and pleading to those seemingly unaffected by the times they lived in. "How does it feel", is rock and roll's preeminent and ultimate question. How DOES it feel? This album, in my humble opinion, is the greatest rock album ever produced. Dylan, Bloomfield, and Kooper on organ, transcend popular music and sent it spinning into areas artists are still exploring. Rock's first great masterpiece and Dylan's ticket to immortality.
Highway 61 Revisited was a turning point, a defining moment; the point where Bob Dylan dropped the folk mystique and went straight-ahead into rock. The electric half of Bringing It All Back Home (and, in particular, Subeterranian Homesick Blues) took rock in another direction entirely, and this album is the logical extension of that. Backed by a full rock band, Dylan lifts off the album with one of his most instantly-recognizable songs, the epic Like A Rolling Stone (which, significantly, broke radio's "three minute" barrier.)
Many people consider this the first actual "rock" song; and, though that is a bit of an exaggeration, it is definately an extremely important early icon of the rock generation. This song is followed by the pure garage rock of Tombstone Blues. Next up is the excellent slow blues, It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry. Other highlights of the album include the hilarously surreal Ballad of A Thin Man, the lyrically and musically avant-garde title track, and the closing, thoughtful, apocalyptic epic Desolation Row. It is obvious even from the titles of the songs that Dylan lyrically was here attempting something very avant-garde and impressionistic.
Some of the lyrics are unquestionably profound (Rolling Stone, Desolation Row), others seemingly non-sensical (Thin Man), but all brilliant. The music here is rock rooted in blues, and we get more than a few fine blues licks here and there from guitarist Michael Bloomfield, and some fine acoustic playing on Desolation Row. On top of all this, Dylan would rarely play his harmonica this good again. An absolute must-own.
This is Bob Dylan at his very finest and this is probably his best record, from"Like a Rolling Stone" to the album's closer, "Desolation Row," the listener is assaulted with blistering images in rhyme that she will never forget. Dylan changed the shape of the musical landscape with this record, changed rock and roll forever. His songs broke the three minute mold, they weren't about love and love lost anymore. In fact some of them are darned hard to understand, but they stay with you none the less. Bob Dylan was, and is, the poet laureate of Rock and Roll, the poet laureate of America. Love after we're all gone, his lyrics will be sung, recited, read.
Bob Dylan- Highway 61 Revisited (Live @ Braehead Arena, Glasgow 9th Oct 2011)