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Highway 61 Revisited

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Bob Dylan 10/25/1990

Review

Taking the first, electric side of Bringing It All Back Home to its logical conclusion, Bob Dylan hired a full rock & roll band, featuring guitarist Michael Bloomfield, for Highway 61 Revisited. Opening with the epic "Like a Rolling Stone," Highway 61 Revisited careens through nine songs that range from reflective folk-rock ("Desolation Row") and blues ("It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry") to flat-out garage rock ("Tombstone Blues," "From a Buick 6," "Highway 61 Revisited"). Dylan had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster. Throughout the album, he embraces druggy, surreal imagery, which can either have a sense of menace or beauty, and the music reflects that, jumping between soothing melodies to hard, bluesy rock. And that is the most revolutionary thing about Highway 61 Revisited -- it proved that rock & roll needn't be collegiate and tame in order to be literate, poetic, and complex. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan 6:6
  3. 2 Tombstone Blues Bob Dylan 5:55
  4. 3 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry Bob Dylan 4:3
  5. 4 From a Buick 6 Bob Dylan 3:13
  6. 5 Ballad of a Thin Man Bob Dylan 5:54
  7. 6 Queen Jane Approximately Bob Dylan 5:25
  8. 7 Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan 3:24
  9. 8 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues Bob Dylan 5:25
  10. 9 Desolation Row Bob Dylan 11:19

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