Personnel: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano); Michael Bloomfield Charlie McCoy (guitar); Al Kooper, Paul Griffin (piano, organ); Frank Owens (piano); Harvey Goldstein, Russ Savakus (bass); Bobby Gregg (drums).
Engineers include: Peter Dauria, Roy Halee, Frank Laico.
Recorded in Columbia Studios, New York, New York in June-August 1965.
Includes liner notes by Bob Dylan.
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
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.88) - Ranked #4 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "...One of those albums that, quite simply, changed everything..."
Q (7/01, p.45) - "...Dylan is in stinging form..."
Q (Magazine) (p.110) - "[A] dizzying rush of moody disquiet, surreal imagery and freakshow characters culminate in the mighty 'Desolation Row.'"
NME (Magazine) (10/2/93, p.29) - Ranked #14 in NME's list of the "Greatest Albums Of All Time."