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Highway 61 Revisited Original recording remastered

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From 1965, his first all-electric album with such classics as Like a Rolling Stone; It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry; Ballad of a Thin Man; Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues , and Desolation Row .

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Dylan was virtually gushing great songs when this masterpiece arrived in the summer of 1965. From the epochal opening of "Like a Rolling Stone" through the absurdly apocalyptic closer, "Desolation Row," his command of surrealistic language was daring and amazing. As a vocalist, he was rewriting the rules of the game. Jimi Hendrix made note of Mr. Z's technically suspect pitch and decided that he too was a singer. And the backing, though ragged, is precisely right. Is this the essential Dylan album? It's certainly one of them. --Steven Stolder
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  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • ASIN: B00026WU82
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (492 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael J. Raymond on September 22, 2004
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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.
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One of the records essential to understanding the genuis that is Bob Dylan. Not his best album, but one of his most defining. An epoch not just in the career of Dylan, but in rock itself. 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.
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There are many great Bob Dylan albums. For some people, it's a hard to find the right one to truly see how brilliant Bob Dylan is; vocally, lyrically, and musically.

As a 20 year old, I was intrigued by listening to - Like a Rolling Stone - for the first time. I purchased Highway 61 Revisited and was absolutely floored by it's content. This is the single best album for younger people to grasp hold of Bob Dylan's amazing talent. The songwriting is absolutely amazing. The music differs a lot from his earlier work. This is the first time a full band was hired on, featuring Michael Bloomfield on lead guitar, giving it a full electric sound.

My past opinions of Bob Dylan being a Folk Musician were long gone. Bob Dylan is the epitome of Rock & Roll. I now own 13 Bob Dylan CDs now, and my life will be forever changed by them. Bob Dylan grows on you like nothing else. He draws you in, and obsession takes over from there. This album and most Dylan albums are an experience in themselves. They all give you a unique perspective into the personality of Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan is an acquired taste. This music may not be for everyone; but it's a great feeling grasping the intensity of the lyrics, the attitude, and the message that Bob Dylan sends to his listeners. I hate thinking of all the years Bob Dylan hasn't been a part of my life. I wish I could go back in time to 1965 and see it for myself (like I said above - obsession). It will make you think; then make you think some more; and that's never a bad thing. So get out there and experience the magic for yourself.

(key track: Ballad Of A Thin Man)
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I started listening to Bob Dylan when I was eighteen years old and lived in Calcutta, India. This was before the 'glory' days of corporate globalization and the global brands hadn't painted the nation with its broad strokes of corporate colour. No MTV, just a state controlled basic TV for under 30 hours a week in all meant that we listened to good music and read good books. We realized early that good music, like good literature had no political boundaries, yet so much of it was pure politics.

Arindam Mitra, an old friend of mine, now settled in Mumbai, gave me the vinyl LP and swear to god, I probably listened to it a 100 times in a short span of time. It wasn't my first Dylan album, but it was one that would have an indelible mark on a young mind.

Music, as you know, in its best form, can change your life.

I wonder if there's one performer these days who even comes close to having the ability to make a record of this stature. The words are like burning coal, the music like rolling thunder and hits you like a jet plane.

I do not recommend that you go and buy this album unless you are exploring what real music is all about. On the other hand, if you do decide to listen to Highway 61 for the first time, it may well change your life.

If you do possess this album, go and listen to it again. Mr. Dylan may tell you something completely different this time.
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