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  • Audio CD (29 Mar. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B0001M0KEI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
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1. Like A Rolling Stone
2. Tombstone Blues
3. "It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry"
4. From A Buick 6
5. Ballad Of A Thin Man
6. Queen Jane Approximately
7. Highway 61 Revisited
8. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
9. Desolation Row

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There’s been so much written and said about each and every one of Bob Dylan’s albums that it’s all too easy to wind-up lost in the vast, labyrinthine myths surrounding them. One of the biggest is the whole shock-of-the-new deal, otherwise known as the day the earth stood still when Dylan picked up a Stratocaster. It seems ludicrous now that there could be so much ballyhoo over his decision to play some tunes with a rock group, especially when, even by the standards of the day, it was fairly innocuous rock music at that.

Still, escaping fundamentalists from whatever cult they belong to is no bad thing, and it was a newly-liberated Dylan, just days after his controversial appearance at Newport, who recorded Highway 61 Revisited with a rock band in tow. This is the point where Dylan planted both feet firmly on the ground that had been partially turned on 1965’s Bringing It All Back Home, and started digging in. It’s easy to overlook the testy brilliance of “Like A Rolling Stone “on account of its having been part of the musical furniture for the last forty years. Yet the fresh air and fresh ideas, whistling alongside Al Kooper’s soaring organ lines, all add up to this being a 100% classic with one of the great cutting vocal performances to date.

Though comparatively muted at an instrumental level, the “Ballad Of A Thin Man” is no less mordant and biting a put-down. Not all imagery tucked up inside those increasingly florid lyrics plays well but there’s no mistaking the attitude jumping out of every last syllable. The abrasive scrape of his voice meets its match on the boisterous shuffle of “Tombstone Blues” with a spectacular guitar break from Mike Bloomfield ahead of the penultimate verse.

To these ears at least, Dylan works best when he’s at his most concise. Though the purists may find sanctuary in the acoustic-only eleven minute-long “Desolation Row”, and regard any dissention as sacrilege, such verbosity drags slightly upon an invigorating collection of songs which takes things at a brisk pace. --Sid Smith

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Watton on 24 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
You want an early Dylan album but you are not sure which one to buy. Buy this one. Listen carefully to it a few times. Let it get into you as only the best music can, it takes a while sometimes but the effort is worth it. This album can be like that. Most of the songs on here need listening to until something clicks then you are hooked for all time. Dylan will never leave you. After all 'when you ain't got nothing you got nothing to lose'.
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In 1965, Bob Dylan released HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED, arguably the single most important record in 1960s rock. A total break with anything occurring in popular music before (save Dylan's own albums), HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED merged biting, sharp lyricism and great garage-rock and blues. When most other bands were singing about boy-girl topics and writing insubstantial lyrics (in 1965 The Beatles were singing "You're gonna lose that girl"), Dylan combined edgy, hip lyrics with garage rock, blues, and epic folk. His voice, rough hewn and very off-kilter technically, rewrites the rules for rock vocals. As Mark Prindle says, Dylan's voice turned off a lot of people, but influenced a whole lot more.

"Like a Rolling Stone," Dylan's most famous song, kickstarts HIGHWAY 61 with a sledge hammer. Significant as the single that broke the three minute barrier Dylan berates a woman, very much trying to be with the `in' movement. Filled with images never before conceived with in pop music, this song sets the tone of the rest of the album, and indeed this period of Dylan's life. "Ballad of a Thin Man," however, proves itself to be the really brutal put-down to all those to unwilling to open their minds and see where the counter-culture was headed. "Mr Jones," the acrimonious protagonist, finds himself thrown into a world of freaks, and he simply doesn't know what is happening. He is wealthy, well-read, and in all likelihood corporate - the very materialism and hypocrisy the youth of the 1960s were so ardent to overthrow. (Many 1960s' youth turned into 1980s' yuppies; that is neither here nor there.)

The very confrontational break with the folk community informs this entire work. The folk community were still idolizing Dylan, and Dylan, being Dylan, abandoned the role, much to their anger.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2004
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The importance of this original release in "breaking" Dylan away from his folk links and selling him into the rock mainstrean is well documented and for me still remains his best solo effort ever in terms of range and songs - the acoustic number "Desolation Row" sounds like nothing the man would have attempted on any prior acoustic outings. The songs and performances were to demonstrate a "full group" tightness and overall production level that has been only hit occassionally by the man since (notably the follow up "Blonde on Blonde" and later "Blood on the tracks") with such overall consistency being demonstrated.
The improved audio CD version in fact has already been available in a costly DCC gold plated CD which underlined the great sound that had been created in the NY studio - the SACD version now makes that quality available more cheaply and with the edge in overall sound separation.
A priceless masterpiece beautifully improved in sound and packaging.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 22 May 2004
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"Highway 61 Revisited" should be on every "Top Ten non-classical recordings of the 20th century" lists, for many reasons: Its courage and innovation, and the influence it had on the music of its time, and for the impact it continues to have; the strength of its strange but potently poetic lyrics, and the quality of its musicianship; and most of all, because it is fabulous listening.
Dylan turned the musical world on its head when he went "electric", and the musicians he assembled to back him are legendary; Michael Bloomfield, guitar / Al Kooper, organ & piano / Paul Griffin, piano and organ / Bobby Gregg, drums / Harvey Goldstein, bass / Charley McCoy, guitar / Frank Owens, piano / Russ Savakus, bass. The music they make sounds as fresh today as when I first heard it four decades ago; everyone will have their favorites, mine are "Ballad of a Thin Man" and "Tombstone Blues", but all nine tracks are brilliant and powerful.
Fortunately CBS/Sony has released this CD in the same format as the original LP, with Dylan's incomprehensible but terrific liner notes ("On the slow train time does not interfere..."), and with no extra tracks to ruin the feel of the music. It is a recording that is like clear water when compared to the stagnant musical times we live in, and no CD collection is truly complete without it. The sound is excellent and total playing time is 51'37.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marrissey on 31 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Yes, you read me right, better than Blonde on Blonde, even better than Blood on the Tracks. OK, so maybe I'm getting carried away, and certainly there isn't that much to separate "Highway 61 Revisited" from Dylan's other outstanding albums, and it may not have had the revolutionary timing of "Blonde on Blonde", but the completeness and magic of the epic songs that appear here merits such a title.
"Like a Rolling Stone" is probably the best album starter in music history, and there or there abouts as Dylan's finest works, with a very catchy melody and a moving theme of riches to rags. It also showcases what "Highway 61" is all about, Dylan finally finding a harmonious blend of the electronic and the acoustic, with the electric organ blairing out unmistakeably. "Tombstone Blues", while perhaps not the most catchy or melodic song around, provides Dylan at his cheekiest, with lines like "the sun ain't yellow - it's just chicken". "From a Buick 6" provides a jazzy number with Dylan at his most soulful.
"Balad of a Thin Man" provides an incredible change of style as the pivot of the album, haunting with its piano chords and introducing a very different sound to the accustomed folky Bob Dylan. "Queen Jane Approximately" further provides a gorgeous melody and some wonderful instrumental work which really isn't seen on Dylan albums pre-"Highway 61".
However, perhaps the crowning glory of the album comes at the end of the album with the two epics "Just Like Tom Thumb Blues" - a lament of a man about his time away from New York ("there's a lot of hungry women there, and they'll really make a mess out of you") and the sumptuous "Desolation Row" with the beautiful imagery of two lovers looking out at the chaos of the world from the safety of their own personal love.
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