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Highway 61 Revisited

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Highway 61 Revisited review

Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited is perhaps his best album. The middle of his consecutive three classic releases, though the release before and a handful after are classics as well. Amazingly, all of the songs from this album are household names among Dylan fans.

The album starts out with one of Dylan's more popular classics, "Like A Rolling Stone" that hit #2 in the U.S. and #4 in London. At the time of its release the 6 minute length was unheard of, especially for radio material.

A few blues songs as expected are included, Dylan style. Of them my favorite is track three, “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry,” a mellow gem with a superb instrumental section that is dominated by the harmonica, but the fills that complement are so well placed. “Highway 61 Revisited” is a fun upbeat bluesy slide track that is an often covered by other musicians, while “Tombstone Blues” is a psychedelic blues offering. 

The album closes enormously with “Desolation Row,” one of Dylan’s long poetic numbers. The backing musicianship offers an excellent acoustic latin flavored accompaniment making this the definitive version of the song.

It is easy to rank Highway 61 Revisited as Dylan’s best album. 

by Barry Small © 
Grade  A +

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1. Like a Rolling Stone (Dylan) - 6:13
2. Tombstone Blues (Dylan) - 6:00
3. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train... (Dylan) - 4:09
4. From a Buick 6 (Dylan) - 3:19
5. Ballad of a Thin Man (Dylan) - 5:58
6. Queen Jane Approximately (Dylan) - 5:31
7. Highway 61 Revisited (Dylan) - 3:30
8. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Dylan) - 5:32
9. Desolation Row (Dylan) - 11:22

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Bob Dylan Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals

Michael Bloomfield - Guitar
Al Kooper - Organ, Piano, 
Paul Griffin - Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Bobby Gregg - Drums
Harvey Goldstein - Bass
Charles McCoy - Guitar
Frank Owens - Piano
Russ Savakus - Bass

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Label - Sony  
1965

Much of Bob Dylan's catalogue was reissued with SACD with significant sonic upgrades. Be sure to get that version of the Highway 61 Revisited.

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