Quick Review (LP): Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan


Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited
Columbia; 1965

My Rating: A+ (100/100)

Best Tracks: "Like A Rolling Stone", "Tombstone Blues", "Ballad Of A Thin Man", "Queen Jane Approximately", "Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues", "Desolation Row"

“I wanna to be your lover baby, I don’t wanna be your boss…”

NOTES
– The ultimate road record. Dylan was a master at thematically unifying a record. Is it the first road record?
– Is "Like A Rolling Stone" the greatest rock and roll track of all time? All things considered, definitely maybe. It represents both a convergence and pinnacle of Dylan’s styles up to that point, it sounds like everything the 60’s supposedly was, and, to be clear, it is epic in all the right ways.
– "Tombstone Blues" is lyrically great, and the lead guitar is fantastic. Wow.
– It’s all about the drunken ragtime piano, esp. on "Tom Thumb" and "It Takes A Lot to Laugh"
– My favorite lyric: "When you’re stuck in Juarez/And it’s Christmastime too."
– The record sounds so lush and brilliant, colorful and tuneful throughout. The opening piano riff on "Tom Thumb", Al Kooper’s organ on "Rolling Stone", the brooding throb of "Thin Man" – Highway 61 is packed with memorable moment after memorable moment.
– Undoubtedly one of the greatest rock records ever. Entirely deserving of your intention.

ATTRIBUTES
Cohesion (5/5)
Concept (5/5)
Consistency (5/5)
Consequence (5/5)
Songs (5/5)

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2 Responses to Quick Review (LP): Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan

  1. Desolation Row seriously changed my life. just stumbled upon this blog, good stuff yo!

  2. Pingback: Career In Brief: Bob Dylan in the 60’s « Sweet Georgia Breezes

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