Taking the first, electric side of Bring It All Back Home to its logical conclusion, Bob Dylan hired a full rock & roll band, featuring guitarist Micheal 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 Revisted) had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster.
Throughout the album, he alternates between 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.
2. Tombstone Blues
3. It Takes A Lot To Laught, It Takes A Train To Cry
4. From A Buick 6
5. Ballad of A Thin Man
2. Highway 61 Revisited
3. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
4. Desolation Row