365 Days of Album Recommendations – Aug 9

Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited

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Yep, still on my Dylan kick. We already recommended Bringing It All Back Home a few months ago, so skippin’ ahead to Highway 61 …

Is this Bob Dylan’s single greatest album? It’s entirely possible it is.

in 1965, Bob Dylan was 24 years old. 24 years old. 24 years old.

Bob Dylan was 24 years old, and this was already his 6th album.

Rolling Stone listed this 4th on its 500 Greatest Albums of all Time list, behind Sgt. Pepper, Pet Sounds, and Revolver. This is patently stupid to the point of nonsensicality.

Is Ballad of a Thin Man this most brilliantly scathing song ever written? Possibly …

Al Kooper has recalled that at the end of the session, when the musicians listened to the playback of the song, drummer Bobby Gregg said, “That is a nasty song, Bob.” Kooper adds, “Dylan was the King of the Nasty Song at that time.”

He was also simply King of the Song.


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