Highway 61 Revisited
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.
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
especially for radio material.
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
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.
easy to rank Highway 61 Revisited as Dylan’s best album.
Grade A +