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Highway 61 Revisited is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylanreleased on August 30, by Columbia Records. Having until then recorded mostly acoustic musicDylan used rock musicians as his backing band on every track of the album, except for the closing track, the minute ballad " Desolation Row ".
Critics have focused on the innovative way Dylan combined driving, blues -based music with the subtlety of poetry to create songs that captured the political and cultural chaos of contemporary America. Author Michael Gray has argued that, in an important sense, the s "started" with this album. Leading with the hit song " Like a Rolling Stone ", the album features songs that Dylan has continued to perform live over his long career, including " Ballad of a Thin Man " and the title track. He named the album after the major American highway which connected his birthplace of Duluth, Minnesotato southern cities famed for their musical heritage, including St.
Highway 61 Revisited peaked at No. In his memoir Chronicles: Volume OneDylan described the kinship he felt with the route that supplied the title of his sixth album: "Highway 61, the main thoroughfare of the country blues, begins about where I began.
I always felt like I'd started on it, always had been on it and could go anywhere, even down in to the deep Delta country. It was the same road, full of the same contradictions, the same one-horse towns, the same spiritual ancestors It was my place in the universe, always felt like it was in my blood. Paulall the way down to New Orleans.
Along the way, the route passed near the birthplaces and homes of influential musicians such as Muddy Sickness - Cut Rate Box* - Cut Rate BoxSon HouseElvis Presley and Charley Patton.
The "empress of the blues", Bessie Smithdied after sustaining serious injuries in an automobile accident on Highway Critic Mark Polizzotti Tombstone Blues - Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited out that blues legend Robert Johnson is alleged to Tombstone Blues - Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited sold his soul to the devil at the highway's crossroads with Route Dylan has stated that he had to overcome considerable resistance at Columbia Records to give the album its title.
Nobody understood it. I had to go up the fucking ladder until finally the word came down and said: 'Let him call it what he wants to call it'. Many bluesmen had been there before [Dylan], all recording versions of a blues called 'Highway 61'. In MayDylan returned from his tour of England feeling exhausted and dissatisfied with his material. He told journalist Nat Hentoff : "I was going to quit singing.
I was very drained. As a consequence of his dissatisfaction, Dylan wrote 20 pages of verse he later described as a "long piece of vomit". You don't know what it means except the ghost picked me to write the song. Highway 61 Revisited was recorded in two blocks of recording sessions that took place in Studio A of Columbia Records, located in Midtown Manhattan.
From July 29 to August 4, he and his band completed recording Highway 61 Revisitedbut under the supervision of a new producer, Bob Johnston. Tom Wilson produced the initial recording sessions for Highway 61 Revisited on June 15—16, The musicians returned to Studio A the following day, when they devoted almost the entire Peter Jr.
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Their first session together was devoted to three songs. After recording several takes each of " Tombstone Blues ", "It Takes a Lot to Laugh" and " Positively 4th Street ", masters were successfully recorded. At the close of the July 29 session, Dylan attempted to record "Desolation Row", accompanied by Al Kooper on electric guitar and Harvey Brooks on bass. There was no drummer, as the drummer had gone home.
On July 30, Dylan and his band returned to Studio A and recorded three songs. After Dylan and Kooper spent the weekend in Woodstock writing chord charts for the songs,  sessions resumed at Studio A on August 2. One final session was held on August 4, again at Studio A. Most of the session was devoted to completing "Desolation Row". The resulting album, Highway 61 Revisitedhas been described as "Dylan's first purely 'rock' album",  a realization of his wish to leave his old music format behind and move on from his all-acoustic first four albums and half-acoustic, half-electric fifth album, Bringing It All Back Home.
Documentary director D. Pennebakerwho filmed Dylan on his acoustic UK tour in Mayhas said: "I didn't know that he was going to leave acoustic. I did know that he was getting a little dragged by it.
Highway 61 Revisited opens with " Like a Rolling Stone ", which has been described as revolutionary in its combination of electric guitar licks, organ chords, and Dylan's voice, "at once so young and so snarling The fast-paced, two-chord blues song " Tombstone Blues ", driven by Michael Bloomfield's lead guitar, uses a parade of historical characters—outlaw Belle Starrbiblical temptress DelilahJack the Ripper represented in this song Tombstone Blues - Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited a successful businessmanJohn the Baptist described here as a torturerand blues singer Ma Rainey who Dylan humorously suggests shared a sleeping bag with composer Beethoven —to sketch an absurdist account of contemporary America.
For critics Mark Polizzotti and Andy Gill, the reality behind Tombstone Blues - Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited song is the then-escalating Vietnam War ; both writers hear the "king of the Philistines" who sends his slaves "out to the jungle" as a reference to President Lyndon B. AllMusic critic Bill Janovitz describes " From a Buick 6 " as Tombstone Blues - Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited "raucous, up-tempo blues", which is played "almost recklessly".
He writes that the song became the anthem of an in-group, "disgusted by the old, excited by the new Polizzotti, in his study of Highway 61 Revisitedwrites that the opening track of Side Two, " Queen Jane Approximately " is in a similar vein to "Like a Rolling Stone", but the song offers "a touch of sympathy and even comfort in Welesowa Kniga VIII - Wojnar - The Book Of Veles of relentless mockery".
Dylan concludes Highway 61 Revisited with the sole acoustic exception to his rock album. Gill has characterized Die Mainacht - John McCormack - The Art Of John McCormack Desolation Row " as "an minute epic of entropy, which takes the form of a Fellini-esque parade of grotesques and oddities featuring a huge cast of iconic characters".
These include historical celebrities such as Einstein Shine On You Crazy Diamond 6-9 - Pink Floyd - A Whispering Machine: Live In Los Angeles 1975 Nerothe biblical characters Noah and Cain and Abelthe Shakespearian figures of Ophelia and Romeoending with literary titans T.
Eliot and Ezra Pound. The first non-album outtake from the Highway 61 Revisited sessions to be released was the single "Positively 4th Street",  although on an early pressing of the single Columbia used another Highway 61 outtake, "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
The disc Collector's Edition was described as including "every note recorded during the — sessions, every alternate take and alternate lyric". Describing the process of listening to these many alternative versions, Chris Gerard wrote in PopMatters : "The fact that these versions do not approach the greatness of the final recordings is exactly the point.
These are works in progress. The cover artwork was photographed by Daniel Kramer several weeks before the recording sessions. Kramer captured Dylan sitting on the stoop of the apartment of his manager, Albert Grossmanlocated in Gramercy ParkNew York, placing Dylan's friend Bob Neuwirth behind Dylan Tombstone Blues - Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited give it extra color".
He's almost challenging me or you or whoever's looking at it: 'What are you gonna do about it, buster? In the British music press, initial reviews of Highway 61 expressed both bafflement and admiration for the record.
New Musical Express critic Allen Evans wrote: "Another set of message songs and story songs sung in that monotonous and tuneless way by Dylan which becomes quite arresting as you listen. There is a marathon 'Desolation Row' which has an enchanting tune and mysterious, possibly half-baked words.
In Septemberthe US trade journal Billboard also praised the album, and predicted big sales for it: "Based upon his singles hit 'Like a Rolling Stone', Dylan has a top-of-the-chart-winner in this package of his Hiro - Aphrodite - Eristoff Tracks And Urban Art Forms Presents Red, commercial material.
Highway 61 Revisited has remained among the most highly acclaimed of Dylan's works. Biographer Anthony Scaduto praises its rich imagery, and describes it as "one of the most brilliant pop records ever made. As rock, it cuts through to the core of the music—a hard driving beat without frills, without self-consciousness. The whole rock culture, the whole post- Beatle pop-rock world, and so in an important sense the s started here. Among Dylan's contemporaries, Phil Ochs was impressed by Highway 61explaining: "It's the kind of music that plants a seed in your mind and then you have to hear it several times.
And as you go over it you start to hear more and more things. He's done something that's left the whole field ridiculously in the back of him. According to Acclaimed Musicit is the 11th most celebrated album in popular music history. Most of the songs on Highway 61 Revisited have remained important, in varying degrees, to Dylan's live performances since According to his website, he has played "Like a Rolling Stone" over 2, times, "Highway 61 Revisited" more Tombstone Blues - Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited 1, times, "Ballad of a Thin Man" over 1, times, and most of the other songs between and times.
The influence of the songs on Highway 61 Revisited can be heard in many cover versions. All songs written by Bob Dylan. The timings are for the stereo mix - the mono mix totals nearly 3 minutes less, with most of the difference accounted for by A3, B1 and B3. Adapted from the liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bob Dylan. Folk rock. InRolling Stone magazine ranked "Like a Rolling Stone" as "the greatest song of all time", and noted "the impressionist voltage of Dylan's language, the intensely personal accusation in his voice 'Ho-o-o-ow does it fe-e-e-el?
Tombstone Blues - Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited to critic Andy Gill, "It Takes A Lot To Laugh" illustrates Dylan's creativity, both in the way it adapts an old blues song, and in the way Dylan recorded two radically different versions of the song: the first, fast and guitar-driven; in his second version, released on Highway 61Dylan transformed the song into a "slow, loping, piano-based blues".
Featuring a "courtly, flamenco -tinged guitar backing",  it has been suggested that in " Desolation Row ", Dylan combined the cultural chaos of mids America with sepia-tinged TV westerns he remembered from his youth, such Foghat - Stranger In My Hometown Rawhide and Gunsmoke. Polizzottip. Wenner", Rolling StoneNovember 29,in Cottp. All Time Top Albums 3rd ed. Virgin Books. PlayboyMarchreprinted in Cottp.
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