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Highway 61 Revisited

Bob Dylan

1965

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Highway 61 Revisited

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3.8

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5

Now we're cooking with gas. This feels like Bob firing on all cylinders - the music is great, the lyrics are wonderfully elliptical, there's a pulse and electricity that runs through this collection - magic stuff. I can see why boomers get so heated under their wigs about Dylan. Highlight for me is 'Ballad of a Thin Man', but stick the needle down anywhere at random and you strike gold.

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I like this more than I thought I would. I am glad that this album was selected instead of one of the folk albums, since I tend to not be a big fan of folk. "Like a Rolling Stone" is on this one, and it is the greatest song ever written, according to Rolling Stone (seems sus, but whatever). I'm more of a, "A Change is Gonna Come" guy myself. My personal enjoyment: 3/5 Did it belong on this list: 5/5

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The more I listen to Bob Dylan, the less I like him. He was very influential, but I do not like him.

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I'm a bit cold sitting next to my window and listening to Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan. I'm not sure I have much add to many words dedicated to the career of Bob Dylan. I do enjoy this album, and have listened to it from start to finish many times over the years. It goes down easy and it makes me wish I had something artistic to contribute to the world. Bob just released a well reviewed album in his 80s I think, and it came out in 2020. Which is just a crazy thing to be doing when you get older. How does Bob Dylan even come up with an original song these days? Like the Beatles, he has been so influential, that you can hear them in so much popular music over the last 50 years. Maybe Bob doesn't listen to a lot of new music. Though I think there is a lot of great music to be found in all corners of the world. Anyway, this is not my goto Dylan album - but it's quite a milestone and I'm happy to hear it on this random Monday.

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“Highway 61 Revisited” by Bob Dylan (1965) This album is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, for very good reason. It is. Bob Dylan’s poetry, both personal and prophetic, is set to music. But Dylan is careful to not let the music get in the way of the poetry, and that’s what makes it so hard for first time listeners to appreciate it. The only ‘hit’ on this record is the opening track, “Like a Rolling Stone”, but that says more about the people who define the ‘hits’ than it does about this album. The are many musical flaws here, from Dylan’s loopy, nasal, slurring, pitch-approximating voice with his sometimes laughably bad stylings, to Al Kooper’s amateurish rookie outing on organ (“Like a Rolling Stone”), to Mike Bloomfield’s painfully out of tune electric guitar (especially on “Queen Jane Approximately”), etc., etc. But the Columbia Records executives wisely let Dylan do his thing (even marketing an album with a monumentally uncommercial title). This could make you (and millions of others) hate this record. But you would be wrong. The album is the lyrics. They tell stories and weave images. They are ironic, humorous, piercing, counterintuitive, wide-angle, sometimes all of this at once, without being chaotic. They are highly referential, intelligent, evocative, and most importantly, they lead the listener to trust the poet, who embraces and expresses feelings and concerns that ring true in the listener’s soul. What the listener lacks in understanding, he makes up for in a certain compulsion to keep listening. Who hasn’t, at one time or another, felt the sneering mockery of “Like a Rolling Stone”? Who hasn’t had feelings of alienation, as in “Desolation Row”? Who hasn’t brooded over death while so much remains unexplained (“Tombstone Blues”)? What man hasn’t been grateful for plain old love from a woman (“From a Buick 6”)? Or felt like telling the woman you love to set aside what she wants and come to you for what she needs (“Queen Jane Approximately”)? You see, each of these songs is eminently relatable, inviting imaginative constructions to visualize Dylan’s little screenplays. And just when you think you’ve exhausted the visual possibilities of the song “Highway 61 Revisited”, listen to it one more time. Speaking of Highway 61, it helps to know that U.S. Route 61 is the old north-south artery from Minnesota to Louisiana, which intersected with east-west artery U.S. Route 66 at St. Louis, Missouri. It summarizes America. Westward expansion meets the struggle to unite a nation once divided by slavery. This the heart of the blues. Black people thinking, “Yeah, this ain’t slavery, but it still sucks.” White people thinking, “Yeah, I hear ya. Let’s experience this together, and maybe fix a thing or two.” The album is not about race. It’s about humanity. And Dylan is always aware of the background. The climax of “Desolation Row” (verse 9) reads: “Praise be to Nero’s Neptune The Titanic sails at dawn Everybody’s shouting “Which side are you on?” And Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot Fighting in the captain’s tower While calypso singers laugh at them And fishermen hold flowers Between the windows of the sea Where lovely mermaids flow And nobody has to think too much About Desolation Row” Situational alienation and its preferred mode of expression (Pound vs. Eliot) become irrelevant at death’s doorstep. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. Dylan’s facial expression on the cover is a cross between “Yeah, what of it?” and Jesus’ look at the sad rich ruler (as I imagine Luke 18:24). I keep going back and forth. After listening to “Ballad of a Thin Man” for most of my life and being puzzled (along with others) over the identity of ‘Mr. Jones’, I think I have finally figured it out—It’s me. Highway 61 Revisited is an album that will do profound things to you, over and over again. 5/5

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Not something I would listen usually. Liked 2-3 songs on the album.

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The lyrics are great but Dylan can't really sing. He just end ups half-screaming words and the music is pretty generic and grating (too much harmonica is a thing). The one star is entirely for Like a Rolling Stone.

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I really, really wanted to give Bob Dylan a fair shake, but by the time "Ballad of a Thin Man" hit its thirteenth fucking verse all of my goodwill was gone. We've all admitted that he can't sing for shit, but I am baffled by the claims that he's some great songwriter. Tiresome.

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5

Already knew this record, please stop giving me 60s folk. My music taste is more diverse than this

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The greatest songwriter of all time remade his image with this album, going electric for the first time in album format. It feels like you could write a thesis on each song, and probably somebody has, but they're also just a joy to kick back and absorb. This one will be high on my "Best of" list for sure. Best track: Like a Rolling Stone

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5

One of the greatest albums ever made. Dylan has shaken off the folkies and is now busy redefining pop/rock. Songs stretch way over the traditional 3 minute mark and Dylan spits his lyrics knowing that we were all trying to keep up and failing. Not a duff track on it. BT: Like A Rolling Stone, Tombstone Blues, Desolation Row

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Desolation Sound is my favourite song. I frequently play it on guitar and sing all the versus except one. The chords are simple, as they are in most of Bob’s tune, and the lyrics are among his most cryptic. I feel that if I sing a song like this I have to have something lucid to say if asked about the lyrics. So if someone says, for example, “why the fuck are Cinderella and Romeo in the same verse?” I can’t say that Romeo was out looking for Juliette, took the wrong turn at Albuquerque and ran into Cinderella. Fortunately, there is lots of good (and bad) analysis of these lyrics on the internet so rather than saying the nonsense about Albuquerque I can say that Cinderella is Stalin and Romeo is Hitler. Stalin kicked Hitler’s ass in Russia and at the end was the only one left to sweep up the mess. I don’t have a clue what the verse with Casanova and Phantom is about so that’s the verse I don’t sing. That’s a lot of verbiage dealing with the one acoustic song on the album best known for Dylan going electric. I don’t really get why so many were pissed that he went electric. Like a Rolling Stone is just barely electric. It’s not like anyone would mistake it for a Who song. The album is full of excellent songs and they are played with many different styles. Some bluesy and some country. I guess electrification was a new toy for Bob and he wanted to try lots of different styles. Every song on this album is excellent. Songs such as Rolling Stone, Ballad of a Thin Man and the title song have been my favourite song on the album at one time or another. Desolation Row will probably be my fave for the balance of this incarnation.

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My favourite Dylan album as far as I've listened. Still got no idea what he's talking about but the cryptic style kind of lures you in after a while, almost to the point it makes you think you know what he's trying to say/tell you but then you think about it more and lose it again. I like the youthful/ earnest sound in his voice too. Desolation Row is such a great track and a perfect album closer.

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Glugging red wine all night to this one. Going to sound like a frog farting through his foreskin tomorrow. This one bent me over and fucked me up the arse.... no offence to any of you guys.

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Bob Dylan est extrêmement talentueux, cela va sans dire. Il chante incroyablement bien et joue de la guitare comme un dieu. Seulement, un énorme point noir se glisse dans la prestation de Dylan. En effet, Bob Dylan possède l'un des horcrux du générateur. Nous avions déjà découvert le premier horcrux du générateur à l'écoute de deux albums des Doors, avec le désormais célèbre orgue de Manzarek. Ici, c'est l'harmonica de Dylan que nosu croisons sur notre chemin. En effet, les horcrux du générateurs sont des objets qui, lorsque utilisés par leur possesseur, ont le pouvoir de détruire tout plaisir musical. Ici, l'harmonica de Dylan est absolument inaudible. Il vient nous fracasser les oreilles a de multiples reprises en fin de chanson, après de longues minutes de plaisir passées à écouter la voix de Bob Dylan avec sa seule guitare. Je tiens également à corriger par avance les potentiels commentaires me signalant que j'oublie un horcrux déjà rencontré: non, le portail de Nico n'est pas un horcrux, il s'agit d'un objet certes très puissant, mais bien loin de la puissance totale des deux objets sus-cités.

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I get why Dylan is so well regarded. Like a Rolling Stone is Great. I’m not huge into his other tracks on this one.

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Contrairement à une idée répandue, Bob Dylan n'est pas un artiste solo mais bien un duo de musiciens. Il est composé d'un auteur-compositeur, Bob Dylan, et d'un interprète, à savoir son énorme pif. La relation entre les deux membres est pendant longtemps plutôt bonne, ceux-ci entretenant des rapports très cordiaux et professionnels, mais se détériore nettement au début des années 2020. D'un côté, Bob Dylan, profondément antivax, refuse de recevoir la moindre injection pendant que son proéminent tarin lui confie à maintes reprises sa réticence à l'idée de se faire traverser par un coton-tige tous les quatre matins. L'année 2021 marque la fin du duo. Une fin idiote pour un groupe qui a su marquer toute une génération.

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I dislike Dylan, immensely. I always have. His voice assaults my soul. I love many Dylan songs when they're performed by someone, anyone, else. The man should never have been allowed near a mic, and somebody really should be held accountable for that.

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5

24/7

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5

I’ve listened to this album dozens of times and it never gets old

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5

One of the best albums ever.

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5

Instant kitchen playlist material

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5

Classic album! So many great songs, such great lyrics. Goes by so quick too

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5

Nothing much to say, just a great album, lyrics with a message, great sound.

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5

Damn good!

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5

Heard first time at around 17. One of the greatest album of all time.

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5

i mean.. "how does it feel" is on this album so.. yeah..

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5

Absolute gem

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5

I would say 4.5. I wouldn't listen to folk all day but this is a solid album.

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5

This album is excellent.

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5

This was also a really really good album

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5

dylan....

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5

If you could wear a CD out I would have worn this one out back in the 90s. It was so deep to me then. Still sounds good.

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I think this is my favorite of the trilogy of 1965/66 albums by Dylan. Classic, 5 stars.

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5

Dylan en su conversion

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I want this shirt thanks

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5

Kende dit album niet, maar helemaal goed!

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5

Top stuff from Bob

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5

This was a joy to listen to

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5

Classic

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5

Unfathomable

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Dylan is the man :)

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5

can't be arsed writing anything funny, this is one of my favourite albums.

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Il mio preferito di Bob

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5

Pretty incredible to me that an album that is closer to 60 years old than 50 is this prescient. The lyrical work is still top notch and very relevant and relatable. The blues rock deployed on the album is incredibly infectious and has some of the best energy of his canon. And lastly the album never has a real dip, it is incredibly solid from its insanely famous opener through to the last track. The quality is unrelenting, the brillance of Dylan on full display.

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5

Timeless, beautiful. Perfect.

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5

An absolute classic in every sense. Incredible lyricism, banging instrumentation.

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5

Thank youuuuu Jesuit 2008-2009 times wow

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perfect

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5

The more I listen to Dylan the more he grows on me. Also this is just so ahead of its time. 10

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9/10. Like a Rolling Stone and Desolation Row are fantastic, the rest was largely enjoyable, but nothing stood out especially from the middle section. I think Blood on the Tracks was a little bit better, but I am not sure if it is a whole number score better or not.

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9/10. really really good, my only criticism is that i think some of the tracks overstay their welcome, which is a problem i always have with Dylan

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5

One of the best evever

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5

Truly iconic and unique. Fantastic musician, fantastic album.

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5

My favorite Dylan album and its not really close. One amazing song after another. What can you say about an album in which one of the most iconic songs of a generation is my least favorite on the album. The easiest 5 star rating so far.

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5

One of the best albums ever made. Ballad of a Thin Man hits fucking hard, and this album revolutionized lyrical complexity for popular music.

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5

It’s been a while since my “Dylan phase” but this is start-to-finish brilliant and I should listen more often.

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5

I don't listen to this album very often, but every song is a classic. Is it because they are that good, or because Dylan is the patient zero of smart rock and roll? This album in particular, where he has moved past folk and truly into rock and roll (this is his first all-rock record), really is a template for soooo much that comes afterwards. It is no surprise that Hendrix was obsessed with this record, and plays Like a rolling stone at Monterey to (re-)introduce himself to America. I love the immediacy of the playing, that really becomes a blueprint for so much rock to come. Recorded quickly, it has genuinely rocks, and the lyrics are still fresh all these years later. Fave tracks: tombstone blues, highway 61 revisited.

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5

Good album, didn't know many tracks.

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How many 5 will I end up giving Dylan on this list! Damn his records just go straight to my heart. Don’t know why none of his records are in the top of this site. I know this songs were written and recorded more than 20 years prior to my birth, but I just hope I get the time to grow old with them and pass the time listening to my vinyls in a sun full room.

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5

A genuine classic album - some new Dylan sounds, but his heritage shines through as well.

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5

It's a masterpiece of Bobbles

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5

Absolute beauty. I get more and more into Dylan as I get older it seesms

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I have listened to all of Dylan's major works, but I'm so glad I re-listened. Took some time to get into, but this is brilliant. 4.5/5

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Ahh Bob Dylan, toujours un top du top, spécialement sur cet album. Blonde on Blonde est mon préféré mais celui est très près. 5

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5

A beautiful sound. A wonderful album. Can't knock it, love it all.

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I've always loved Bruce Springsteen's take on 'Like A Rolling Stone,' of which he said "the snare drum that opens this song feels like someone kicked open the door to your mind." Yep. I can't really think of or write anything all that interesting about Bob Dylan or this album. I'll go with simple terms and state plainly that I view him as a literary treasure and this album is firmly established as one of the key works of art in my humble inner Pantheon. Now, back to the headphones to listen to this again with my eyes closed. I want to get the door to my mind kicked open.

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5.0 + This record burns scorching hot. The lyrics on “Tombstone Blues” and “Ballad of a Thin Man” read like a surrealist masterpiece.

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4.5

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Hell yeah

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5

One of Bob Dylan's best, went electric on BIABH and only refined the sound on this album. Somehow only getting better by the time he released his next album only 1 year later

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5

I’m not sure how highly I should praise this album. It’s obviously a groundbreaking, legendary album that helped guide the course of rock history, but my style of listening to and enjoying music is to come to the albums in my collection with as much of a clear mind as I can. That is, I try not to bring meta considerations to my appreciation. I really can’t stand the “oh this is an important album” mindset. I don’t care if an album is important. I only care if I enjoy it. There are tons of “important” albums I either don’t care for or flat-out despise. So what about this gem? For it is a gem in my collection, no matter its place in rock history. It has such a strong beginning, of course, one that always leaves me stunned at how brutal it is, but for me, the closer is even stronger. “Desolation Row” is one of my favorite Dylan songs. Everything about it is beautifully ugly, and I find that paradox fascinating. And I love the little poetic flourishes that anchor the song as an image in my mind, like when Dylan sings, "Cinderella, she seems so easy, 'It takes one to know one,' she smiles, and puts her hands in her back pockets Bette Davis style." I also have a soft spot for sprawling, epic songs.

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5

It's one of the greatest lyricists at his peak.

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5

Highway 61 Revisited is a contender for Bob Dylan's greatest, and that is saying a lot. This is Dylan's first 'rock' album as it were, with Bringing it All Back Home having an acoustic half. The album is tinged with blues and country and runs the gamut from straightforward to experimental songs. Of course, this album is famous for what might be the greatest song ever recorded, 'Like a Rolling Stone.' The album is sprawling and far reaching in a way that only the greatest novels are.

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Not Known At All, Maybe My Mother.

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Classic Dylan

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5

Pleasant. Great lyrics. I liked it more as it went on. Harmonica I like in theory, but it practice it usually really hurt my ears.

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Absolute classic. One of 3 Dylan albums I consider my go-tos for him. All killer, no filler here.

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Just an all time classic… Dylan in his absolute pomp!

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Dylan at the height of his powers. One of his classic albums.

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Oh here it is, this is the one. The one that made me love Bob Dylan, probably my personal favorite. So, this is the 5th Bob Dylan album I've been asked to review. Not everyone will feel the same way, but I think these albums really are the music everyone should hear before they die. Dylan is a once in a lifetime kind of artist. His sensibility, his humor, his attitude, his lyrical virtuosity, they're burned across the musical landscape. They exist in some way in pretty much every kind of music that followed him. I get that he’s a polarizing artist. I get that some people find him grating. It’s not always about sounding pretty. Sometimes the truth is in the flaws. The lyrics really are a kind of poetry – bitter and biting, reflective but unsentimental, cryptic and sometimes straight up hilarious. The way Dylan can flip from irreverent to profound without giving us all tonal whiplash is a true gift very few artists have. Musically, the songs are evocative and flow effortlessly throughout. Some are also pretty fun when Dylan wants them to be. This album takes you on a gorgeous, rollicking, absurdist odyssey like no other. If you don’t “get” Dylan after this one, keep trying. Hands down, “Like a Rolling Stone” is the best song on the album, and a strong candidate for best rock song ever. The other songs are varying shades of brilliant, and hard to rank. Fave Songs (All songs in order, from most to least favorite): Like a Rolling Stone; Queen Jane Approximately; It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry; Tombstone Blues; Highway 61 Revisited; Desolation Blues; Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues; Ballad of a Thin Man; From a Buick 6

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I mean, yeah.

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Books have been written about this album. It makes it very hard to say something interesting. You want my take? This is a document capturing a period of social and political history in the US of massive upheaval and a generational divide of such confusion and distance as to feel like foreign entities. Dylan moves from his folk past into a new rock sound and throws all the angst, distress, irony and idealism of youth into a cri du couer that is both humorous, memorable and moving. And whilst we might all spend days listening and analysing and disagreeing on the meaning of his poetry, no popular singer brought such depth to his music whilst also remaining listenable. And if the lyrics aren’t for you, check out the mood on Ballad of a Thin Man and Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues. This was an album of its time and an album for the ages.

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The sun's not yellow, its chicken!

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Overall, just a good album front to back. Seems easy to just put on and let the hour drift by listening to the stories, lyrics, guitar, and harmonica. Rolling stone: classic. Ballad of a Thin man: so unsure of what this is about.. I think about people who sleepwalk through life and are unaware of what's going on. There really is a lot of disdain for the mysterious Mister Jones though Just like Tom Thumb's Blues: Well, unfortunately, this line stood the test of time "Because the cops don't need you and man they expect the same." Desolation Row: I really liked the guitar in this song, it had such a nice spanish guitar vibe to it

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5

Dylan = Vinilo.

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Greatness.

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hihi, Dylan sa njegovim najboljim albumom, neko vrijeme mi je Blonde on Blonde bio, a možda se to zna izmjenjivati, svejedno, ovaj album je tako jak. It goes hard in the motherfucking paint!!!

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Classic

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Yeah man. This shit's in my DNA. I wanna live inside that emotive ramp up to when he sings "How does it feeeeeeeel?".

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5

Arguably the definitive album where Dylan establishes himself as the master poet, the fact that he accompanies it with the raddest rock n roll sound ever heard only propels this album to unchartered heights.

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5

Arguably his best album (though it's hard to choose).

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This is, in my opinion one of the best rock and roll albums of all time. And from when I first heard some of the songs on it about as a teenager 30+ years ago, it is still growing on me. It keeps giving, and I keep getting more out of it. That’s the thing about Dylan. There are untold layers and his body of work is a tapestry of art that is virtually unmatched in any artistic realm.

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5

Some of the easiest listening you can find. It’s hard to complain about peak Dylan.

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5

Very familiar with this one already.

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I'm familiar with a lot of Bob Dylan's music and have listened to this album before, but never closely. This is an absolute classic for a reason. Every track is anywhere between really good (e.g., Tombstone Blues, It Takes a Lot to Laugh, From a Buick 6, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues) to absolutely classic (Like a Rolling Stone, Ballad of a Thin Man, Queen Jane Approximately, Highway 61 Revisited, Desolation Row). Pretty much a perfect album. Probably my only negative comment is that Desolation Row could be shorter - I don't mind long songs, but it's the exact same tune for over 11 minutes. That said, the lyrics are great, so in many ways it's just a long poem. I'd also say the siren whistle on Highway 61 is kind of dumb, but it's such a good song with such great lyrics, so who cares. Also, while I've said that Dylan's voice sometimes sounds like a parody of itself, I really liked his singing on this album. Again, an absolute classic and an easy 5.

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5

It starts with Like A Rolling Stone and ends with Desolation Row so it cannot be anything but a 5.

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5

This is a perfect album

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5

Bob Dylan continues to be a phenomenal storyteller throughout the album. He has some absolute hits in Desolation Row and Like a Rolling Stone.

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It's Dylan at maybe his best? At the very least this is up there with the rest of his works as one of the best. The lyrics are pointed and hit, and Bob Dylan's maybe the only person who could sing them and make them work. On top of that, the songs are just plain good. Good melody, good instrumentals, good everything. There's a reason why Dylan is/was as influential as he is/was, and it's on display perfectly with this album.

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Genius - I think - or possibly just a great conman. I can never quite decide whether the lyrics are amazinglt insightful and prescient, or just randomly spouted lines. There are so many of them, they are bound to hit a target some of the time.I'll go with genius.

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i like it :)

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finished 1/4/2021

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Dylan is an amazing poet, but not exactly "fun" repeat listening.

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Very Bob Dylan (obviously). I enjoyed this about as much as I enjoyed "Blond on Blond". Dylan's storytelling is always engaging, and this record felt a little more cohesive and overall enjoyable to listen to. Favorite tracks: "Like a Rolling Stone", "Highway 61 Revisited", "Tombstone Blues"

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Didnt hate it, like I have some Bob Dylan. His voice is kind of grating and the harmonica can be annoying, but I understand the lyrics are cool stories and stuff. Some great cool guitar stuff though.

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Usually hits are stuffed in the middle of an album but this album starts with ‘like a rolling stone.’ Impressive. We’ve spoken about this before but this is almost rap.

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4

Better than I expected

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Dylan is the greatest!

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Great album that feels ahead of its time

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One of the best song writers. His love songs are a bit naive and selfish. But that's the times. His social commentary set the bar high

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Better than I remember it

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Good

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Good Dylan album, I don't know him all that much so I'm happy to listen to albums from him. That's folk for me @Gabibo

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No, I am not a huge Dylan fan. I appreciate his work and his impact on music, but I don't actively choose to listen to him. But, this album is a great example of his versatility and style.

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Great album. Variety of instruments good songs. Words of the time

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Oh it’s Bob Dylan. His nasally vocals irritated me at 6.30am but that’s ok. You know it’s a classic album - it really is

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Classic Dylan

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Great album.

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Some of the lyrics are a stretch: "They expect you to give a check to a tax deductible organization"

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Great record, not a lot of my favorite Dylan tracks though.

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Finally! We're nearly 100 albums in, and this is our first from Bob Dylan (somehow still no Beatles). This opens with one of his best songs, and easily one of my favorite songs ever. I like the use of electrified rock instruments on here, and Dylan sounds great, but I don't think it's always the best fit. A couple swinging, dance-y rock and roll joints that seem a little odd. The slide whistle or whatever it is on the title track made me laugh, it sounds like a stupid radio show drop. It's a great album, but not my favorite style from Bobby D. I much prefer the rambling, stripped-back poetic songs (like "Desolation Row"). Still, most of it works, and it works really well. I could imagine this blowing my mind in the mid-'60s. Favorite tracks: Like a Rolling Stone, Desolation Row, Queen Jane Approximately, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues. Album art: Gotta be iconic. I think that can be said for a handful of Dylan album covers. This is a great picture, very '60s. Maybe the coolest he's ever looked. 4.5/5

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What was controversial at that time, isn’t that special of an album listening to it in 2021. Lyrics are classic Bob Dylan which is awesome, but musically, nothing stands out other than Like a Rolling Stone.

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Año 1965 y la portada podría ser de ayer. Para empezar un clasicazo como "Like a Rolling Stone". Tiene algunas canciones muy buenas y otras buenísimas. Todo un premio Nobel a la guitarra y la armónica.

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pionnier de la contre culture une place a part en musique comme le king ou sinatra et tant d'autre je l'ai toujours aimé et je l'aimerai toujours

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This is a great album and just it

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Impeccable lyrics. Dylan is best enjoyed in album context. One of the better Dylan albums in terms of instrumental performance and arrangement.

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I was not expecting to like this album as much as I did. I may be a secret Bob Dylan fan. It made me laugh and think at the same time as Dewey Cox floated around in my head especially during Tombstone Blues which I loved. Like a Rolling Stone is also a classic but I was very surprised to see Desolation Row because My Chemical Romance or maybe just Gerard Way covered that song on the Watchmen soundtrack. Their version was only two or so minutes but this behemoth was almost 10 and I still loved it. I love seeing how young Bob is on the cover since he is still kicking to this day, like a rolling stone.

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Great album. Last song is way too fucking long. It’s hard to hear old bob dylan and not think of all the parodies

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Standard Dylan. Album was catchy but some pretty random lyrics.

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classic bob dylan. Not my all time favorite folk, got a lot of blues mixed in but its a good listen.

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Possibly due to his more Electric sound, this has always been my favorite Dylan Album. Also "Like a Rolling Stone" is one of the greatest songs ever written too. Loses a point for the last track taking up a 1/5 of the time on the album 4/5

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Very enjoyable rock

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Quite a nice album, would probably listen to it again. Two lots of Bob Dylan it’s starting to change my preconceived idea that all his songs were rubbish.

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Lovely stuff. This guy will go far. Especially if he is always on when I’m cooking a Mac and cheese and wana soak up some Americana.

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A great album from one of the all time greats.

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7.5/10

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Tää oli yllättävän hyvää kamaa, ainakin verrattuna siihen live-levyyn. Tykkäsin tästä, levyllä oli hyvä tunnelma. Hittibiisi oli hoidettuna pois alta heti levyn kärkeen ja sitten pystyi vaan nautiskelemaan valtatien menosta. Levyllä biisit oli sellaisia "tulkittuja", mutta kuitenkin tarpeeksi hiottuja. Se live oli liian ronskia, levyltä toimi.

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Lekker album!

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haunting. Dylan has a bit of a buzzsaw voice, but I suspect there's something powerful behind these lyrics

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I've long suspected that, not unlike most of the Liverpool team, Bob Dylan is a souped up mega-nonce. This boy-hungry predator who can't sing or play harmonica, still manages to knock out a decent LP...presumably simply to lure in innocent children. For them, Highway 61 should never be revisited, for us it's fine.

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As someone who is not all-too familiar with Dylan's work, this sort of folk rock is something I can really get behind. I can understand why purists got mad when Dylan "went electric", but this gives the flat folk sound some real texture and life. In this context, Dylan's voice becomes alluring and mysterious instead of sort of annoying. Ballad of a Thin Man is particularly memorable with it's heavy piano and simple drums giving full leeway for Dylan's vocal performance of the blues-y tune. This is just a compositional wonderland, so rich and inviting. I didn't think I'd like a Bob Dylan record this much, but here we are.

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Production: 10/20 Songwriting: 14/20 Innovation: 12/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 14/20 =sneaking into a 4 star rating there

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4.1

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Some songs dragged a bit...

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Enjoyed, but had in the background and it deserves a more dedicated listen. Will have to revisit.

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Classic old Dylan.

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this was good. like Leonard Cohen but with good backing tracks.

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pretty good. The last song on the project is pretty ambitious in its storytelling. Might give it a listen again

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No lo escuché jeje, es que la discografia de Dylan me interesa hacerlo en orden.

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I think the first Bob Dylan I've listened to? It was pretty enjoyable honestly even though his voice makes me laugh

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Já conhecia.

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I remember listening to this album but going back will grow my appreciation for Bob Dylan

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Bra för att vara Dylan

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Solid Dylan

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I have to be in the right mood to listen to and fully appreciate Bob Dylan. Unfortunately, I was not at the time of this listen. I have heard the album before and do enjoy it, so I'll circle back to it again when the time is right.

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Not a big fan of Bob Dylan or Country music but this album provides good vibes.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Like a rolling stone, Tombstone blues, Ballad of a thin man, Desolation row

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Classic Dylan rock

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not listened to a BD album in it entirety before - glad i did

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Good

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Know this album well. Some great stuff: queen Jane, like a rolling stone, Tom thumb blues. Desolation row. Some I'm not so keen on (fr a Buick, balad of a thin man

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It's a bit aged but also a bit decent

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Good Dylan. I enjoyed the sound of this album

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A tough call. Comparing it to our first 2 Dylan LPs, which I gave 5s, Blood on the Tracks and Bringing it All Back Home, I don't think the second tier tracks are as strong on this album, and the phrasing is a bit repetitive. Ballad of a Thin Man has always been a favourite and I like the title track, which I can't remember from back in the day. Desolation Row, while still a classic, is about 5 minutes too long.

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Dylan squeezes the blues through the rock tradition and his own folky take on big-M Music. The songs expand past typical radio-fare size while retaining accessibility (this especially obvious in retrospect). There's a straining here, in a different sense than other bluesmen I've heard. I think it can be interpreted as a barrier to album perfection or the very thing that makes the project mythical: For me it's the former, by a hair.

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I surprisingly good considering how pretentious people make bob Dylan out to be. the beginning of the album is the best part

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Holy shit a dylan album where he can actually sing?! This is actually a real delight to listen to, the songs have a great personality and life. Desolation Row goes on about 3 verses too far.

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me gustó el final de desperation row

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нормально в принципе

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Excellent. Preferred Blood on the Tracks though.

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Прикольно, энергично, очень много слов. Нужно вникать в смысл, но местами моё неглубокое понимание английского улавливает глубокие строки.

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Good music, but a little repetitive. Favorite tracks are Ballad of a Thin Man, Highway 61 Revisited, and Desolation Row.

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Tombstone blues: very country western blues sounding. Lyrics like poetry - many references I don’t understand at face value. High energy This song feels faster than others. I’m surprised at how bluesy this album feels. The poetry of the lyrics continues throughout the album, it’s very story telling focused. There’s lots and lots of references to what I assume is common stories and themes. It was a very easy listen. Dylan’s voice is unique as well. I enjoyed hearing the various layers of instruments. Very socially aware lyrics.

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Pure Americana. Starts and finishes strong, the title track stands out in the middle with a slide whistle. Overall, an enjoyable evening listen with a similar style throughout.

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great songwriter, great Americana feels, loved it

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Great storytelling album, very influential for the folk/rock genre. Felt very americana. Most tracks are somewhat basic musically, but you're here for the lyrical content for the most part. Favourite Tracks: Like a Rolling Stone, Ballad of a Thin Man, Desolation Row

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Great

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Bob singing, uhm sure. Somewhat slow.

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Iconic Dylan album Favorite Track: Desolation Row Relisten: Yes

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Dylan at his poetic best. It’s live, loose and janglely. Sounds like it was recorded all in the same room together playing which just works. A classic for sure

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Some great Dylan classics on this LP

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Dylan upp á sitt besta.

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I really enjoyed it! I felt really chill listening to it. Definitely added to my spotify

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23th of December is a good day for listening to this one.

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A much more accessible Bob Dylan album. The things that put me off previous albums aren't present here: the vocal is clearer and less strained, the production seems finished, and melodies are present. All this enables the lyrical craft to be revealed and makes for a very interesting and enjoyable liseten. Plugging in was a good idea. 4/5

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Look, it's Dylan! And he's gone electric! This felt a bit like Let It Bleed - a classic 60s album with an absolute all-time worldie first up, another big hitter at the end, and a lot of ordinary stuff in between. But actually I reckon there's more killer than filler here. Ballad of a Thin Man is a welcome change of pace, and the title track is fun (I like the extended gap after 'Let me think for a minute son...'). Plus it's always engaging to listen to a Nobel Prize winner spit his verses. Even when I don't know what he's talking about, Bob sounds like he does, at least. As with the Stones, I hope the generator can show me a better Dylan album. But if this is the best, that's still pretty good. I will re-revist this highway in future.

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4/5 I have to have a Dylan in my collection!

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I mean it's a classic for a reason though not in my top 3 Bob Dylan albums. He sounds particularly Dylan-y on this album which will definitely turn people off. 8-9/10 1. Like a Rolling Stone 2. Desolation Row 3. Queen Jane Approximately

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Was great to listen to this album. It's actually better than I remembered it from when my parents let me listen to it. Ballad of a Thin Man is absolute top

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This is the Dylan album I've been waiting for. Like a Rolling Stone is a great song. Dylan goes electric, but mixes everything in that he's come to represent by the mid 60s. This is Dylan the poet in the style that I appreciate most. He is introspective in songs like The Ballad of the Thin Man, but he's also meditative about the world he's living in in songs like Like a Rolling Stone and Tombstone Blues. I have not been completely mystified by Dylan as many are, but I think this is my favorite album of his as far as I know. There is a similarity that evolves as the album moves along. There are also precursors to other Dylan songs that will come later on Blonde on Blonde.

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I get that his voice is an acquired taste, but if there's a better story teller, I don't know who it is.

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I think Dylan's voice has grown on me, a lot of great songs, but still some that I didn't care for. Favorite Songs: Like a Rolling Stone, Ballad of a Thin Man, Queen Jane Approximately, Highway 61 Revisited.

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Definitely a great songwriter/storyteller. Most of the tracks are excellent and even desolation road holds its 10+ minute run time. Album is very enjoyable.

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Classic

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Essencial a audição que começa com Like a Rolling Stone.

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I really enjoyed this, lyrically hard hitting, highlight were ballard of a thin man and tombstone blues. I do totally get why people don't dig his voice, but it works for me

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Dylan is one of those polarizing artists. People love him or hate him. I'm in the first camp. I think he was a genius of a writer who just wasn't blessed with that great of a voice. This album showed that, I think. Great songs, deep metaphors, beautiful imagery. The only thing holding it back is poor Bob's vocals. It's not just that his voice isn't so great, it's the melody lines themselves. They're dumbed down and monotonous to match his abilities. Understandable, for sure. But also frustrating to listen to for a whole album. But that is Dylan in a nutshell. Brilliant where he's brilliant. Not so much of a singer, though.

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harmonica man strikes again

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fine

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Electric blues, but Dylanesque. Some great songs here. Once heard, never forgotten - good and bad. An important album in Dylan's 60s transition.

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Tilda Swinton do be multitalented.

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First song carries hard but the rest of the album still very nice.

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One of his best albums!

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Bob Dylan’s fit on this cover still works in 2022

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There's a reason he won a nobel prize for literature. Every song is great.

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Really enjoyed this listen for the most part. Will I ever not knock a point off for Dylan's vocal tones? Maybe. But today is not that day.

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Love the deep and complex lyrics. I honestly have no idea what he means half the time, but that's what makes it so great. Like classic poetry. His voice is still awful - I mean he sounds like Pavarotti next to Tom Waits but it just goes to show you don't have to be able to sing to be a great musician. The musicianship on this album was pretty good. I like his harmonica but sometimes he hits it just a bit too hard (too tinny) - see the end of Queen Jane. His backing band adds some nice harmony so I don't care what the Dylan purists say about this not being acoustic only. Favorites are Like A Rolling Stone (undeniably brilliant), Tombstone Blues (funky country style), Ballad of a Thin Man (earthy blues sound and lyrics are a mindf%@*), Highway 61 revisited (first verse hooked me, great beat), and Desolation Row (depressing with fitting stripped down sound). I was this close to a 5. But that voice...and a couple meh songs.

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You can't deny the poetry of the lyrics. But yeah, this studio offering doesn't convince me of the musicality of Dylan's voice. I have to wonder how many takes it took. He seems pretty restrained as opposed to the live performance we heard. I know about half of these songs from other performances. "Like A Rolling Stone," though, is all Bob. It's iconic and no one can take the warbly version he puts out away from him. The instrumentation. Listening to "Just Like Tom's Thumb's Blues..." I felt the keyboards were kind of in the way of each other. And Dylan's harmonica... ugh. So I can't deny the importance of this album and the poetry of the lyrics, but I can't give it 5 stars. Dylan's singing just... ugh.

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This is folk rock singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's sixth album. It is a widely celebrated album, cited as one of Dylan's best work, and among the greatest albums of all time, also being certified platinum in the US. You can lose yourself for almost an hour in this calming, bluesy, folksy, rock album. There's not much more praise for this album that I can write here that hasn't been said before. So just listen to this album for yourself!

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ett riktigt bra album faktiskt. lite för jobbiga munspelsljud och kanske lite för långt för en femma.

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The album starts off great, but kinda peters out by end. Overall, still pretty good

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Between Blues and Country

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-good production and vocals -fav song: like a rolling stone

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Superb.

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Not a big Dylan guy. Low 3

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Bobia parhaimmillaan. Aina miellyttävä kuunnella, mut wow-experience puuttuu.

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God sangskrivning, varmt, fortællende, rock/blues

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I liked it but I’ve haven’t got much pull to check out his other albums.

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Like a Rolling Stone: nr.1 in Rolling Stone top 500. Waarschijnlijke diepere betekenis in de lyrics waar ik niet zo veel aandacht aan heb besteed.

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Noh tämä on Bob Dylania - hyvässä ja pahassa mielessä. Onhan esim Like a Rolling Stone ihan timanttinen biisi, mutta suuria osa levystä on todella yhdentekevää rallattelua. En ihan ymmärrä statusta jonka Dylan on musiikkihistoriassa saanut. Ei häiritseveää, ei loistokasta. Hitit nostaa kakkosen kolmoseksi.

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Was okay

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I didn't percieve the lyrics, but it's good music. 7

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Some decent songs

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Should have listened to the lyrics.

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I can appreciate this, but it's not part of my personal history. I need more time with a record like this.

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No surprise to see Dylan on here, but this one didn’t move the needle much for me. It’s fine; I get why people flipped for him lyrically. There’s stuff I like here it’s just probably not something I’d ever feel like I just HAD to put on again. I do love that people got so upset that the dude started playing electric guitar music that they would literally go to his shows just to boo him. Hahaha. That’s how I feel whenever I see Dave Grohl with an acoustic guitar.

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Not my favorite album so far, but desolation row is pretty good. Kind of prefer the MCR cover though.

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L'album commence fort avec Like a Rolling Stone, mais après je trouve qu'il y a beaucoup de chansons qui me laisses froid. Je vais continuer à écouter Bob Dylan mais je vais me choisir un autre cd.

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Adelante mis muchachos!

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More Bob Dylan

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Je partais avec un préjugé négatif, ça c’est vite dissipé. La guitare est bonne les arrangements piano, harmonica parfaite. La Voix est normale mais c’est original. Les chansons s’enchaînait bien et ce n’était pas trop répétitif. Je l’évite le deux dernières était de trop, soit j’étais tanné ou c’était moins bon Je lévite la toune du gars tout nu ... oui tombstone blues très bon

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Dylan doing Dylan things.

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C’est bon, j’ai bien aimé l’hamonoca pis toute. Bel album pour faire un roadtrip. Parc contre, les chansons se ressemblent toutes.

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Yanno foie gras? Yanno how they force feed the ducks to fatten their livers? That sound of ducks squawking in discomfort and pain, that's Bob Dylan's voice.

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I just don't know what I think about Bob Dylan. He has such a distinct voice but it isn't always in the best way. Like a Rolling Stone is really good and has grown on me a ton but I don't love the rest of the album. Would probably need a few more listens Saved: Like a Rolling Stone

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Seems like classic Dylan. Not really for me, but also not bad.

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Típico de Dylan. Like a Rolling Stone e Isolation Road. Por lo demás no puedo evitar que, al faltarme inglés, me acabe aburriendo.

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Easy listening for me and Like a Rolling Stone a favorite for me !!!

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Moody vibe

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Good

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bah c'est du bon rock à papa quoi. 3

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I am not a big Bob Dylan. This album did change my feelings about him.

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I like Dylan as a songwriter, but not as much as a performer - the harmonic grates a bit, and the mumble loses it's charm. Still a few gems here though.

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What is my mans talking about?

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Decent, maybe overrated.

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I was excited about this and wasn't disappointed by the opening track but after that I was underwhelmed. I understand in the context of the Newport festival and going electric that this album was probably interesting or important at the time but most of it just doesn't hold up for me personally. Left me feeling a bit flat. Also, the cultural references just annoyed me after a while. Bettie Davies said to Cassanova that Napoleon Boneparte would buy Bo Diddly's horse. Ok Bob. Add to that the predictable rhyme/rhythm of the lyrics and you get a meh from me. Some of the parts I enjoyed most were the harmonic solos because at least they were unpredictable.

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Lyrically incredible, musically repetitive. The amount of harmonica is, at points, too much for me personally. An amazing piece of poetry it is, an incredible piece of music it is not.

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Great. More Dylan.

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Alright album kind of boring

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Definitely not the best Bob Dylan album

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Ecco un altro prodotto inaspettato di questa avventura musicale: Bob Dylan mi sta simpatico. Non l'avrei mai detto ma alla fine, anche se alla lunga si accolla con la sua armonichina e lo stesso giro di accordi per 11 minuti, comunque non riesco a volergli male perché il suo spirito mi suona autentico. I testi sono scritti bene e nonostante tutto c'è abbastanza varietà da non risultare fastidioso. La sua voce penso sia il fattore determinante nell'odiare o meno la sua musica, a me non dà fastidio, alla fine la trovo corrente col piglio un po' country folk rock. Direi un po' meno di 3 forse ma 3 sia.

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Bob Dylan è uno che parla un sacco: le sue lyrics sembrano piene di parole e lui le urla come se le stesse vendendo al mercato. La cosa strana è che secondo me funziona. Per la seconda volta rimango positivamente colpito dal suo stile. Non sento di andare sopra il 3 comunque.

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Couple of good songs on here. But I know them from covers which were probably better versions

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La parte rockera está buena, el folk... meh; a eso le sumas la voz de Dylan y me aburre. Pero no es un mal álbum, definitivamente no es un MUST listen

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"Like a Rolling Stone" is the only track on this album that I was familiar with before listening. The album collectively is okay and there isn't anything that I felt like I would skip. I'm just not sure that I would want to come back for a second listen anytime soon. Bob, you did "okay".

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I mostly don't get Bob Dylan. It seems like he writes a libretto 4x the length of other writers, but the badly un-economic tactics almost never seem to cohere for me. It's like he's just stringing together as many semi-poetic phrases as he can. Definitely belongs on this list, but I don't dig it.

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We have listened to a lot of bon Dylan at this point and I think musically for me this was the best album

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Good album, interesting story telling but feels dated/airy imo

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I have never been about doing fan. I wish I liked him more than I do. He writes excellent songs. And is a true artist. But I find little enjoyment listening to him. His voice used to Great like nails on a chalkboard I've overcome that at least so I can give him a little bit higher rating than I would have some decades ago.

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Pretty good - a Bob Dylan album I guess

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It's not the type of music I usually listen to but I did enjoy some of his songs I can see what makes him so famous.

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Color me not too impressed. Sounded like it was the same thing throughout with some sprinkled variety, but the vibe that it had was good and the Bob Dylan voice was a very classic voice.

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I struggle to understand if I love or hate so much of Dylan's work. I have mixed feelings about his voice, the use of the harmonica, the instrumentals are great but often get grating and can quickly overstay their welcome. Despite the complaints, there are a lot of high points. When he hits a good note or fun tune it sounds amazing, I just wish he could keep a hold onto that gold when he gets it. His voice is so distinct, its hard to find anyone else who comes close to Dylan's inflection and drawl. That unique sound really helps him stand out and stick into my mind, maybe even enough to be seen as someone with skill as a vocalist. I really appreciate the folk vibes, the telling of some sort of story that you missed the beginning of. Gives it an odd, not otherworldly, but foreign feel and makes you hold onto the singers words. The instrumentals are really good and I have respect for the band that's able to make such a good folk/country/rock song. However, they need to take that fukin harmonica away from them, same for the whistle from highway 61. My feelings on the harmonica have changed once I got to Tom Thumb's Blues, a little whinny at high pitches, but that's a fault of the instrument and not so much the band I suppose. I really, really like desolation row, the length makes it hard to listen for the whole 11< minutes but that's just because my attention doesn't last that long for songs. They do their damnedest to keep me on board though and it has some of the most genuine singing from Dylan, and that fucking harmonica, that I've ever heard along side like a rolling stone.

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(Like a Rolling Stone) - 6/10 Solid Instrumental and the vocals feel a bit corny until he yells, "HOW DOES IT FEEL?" (Tombstone Blues) - 5/10 It has potential and feels solid but it's too repetitive/redundant (It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry) - 6/10 It's real good, but I would like it so much more if he sounded like he cared (From a Buick 6) - 7/10 Best song so far. It felt really consistent throughout without being repetitive (Ballad of a Thin Man) - 8/10 Loved it! It had an amazingly melancholy feeling throughout the song

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3/5 Bob dylan has a really recognizable voice

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Swampy blues, clunky rock and roll. Some good tracks and possibly iconic for Dylan fans... but for me it all sounds a bit samey!

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3. decent enough, really good at first. I started noticing and getting a little worn out by his style of more talking than singing. That's personal preference I suppose but gets a little much after awhile.

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Didn't like this as much as Blood on the Tracks. Like a Rolling Stone is hard to beat. Actually like both ends of the album as Desolation Row is also classic

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Decent album. Enjoy the more upbeat songs (Queen Jane, Like a Rolling Stone). The song length did drag on at times. Felt like they could be 3-4 mins vs. 5-6. 3/5

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Still not a Bob Dylan person but I did enjoy this one more than the last album. The lyrics are great and I've enjoyed these songs performed by others.

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Aburrido, aunque no tanto como otros de Dylan.

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Still not a big fan, but its okay

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I didn’t hate this - and I really do dislike Bob Dylan. I used to say that maybe he’s a better poet than a performer, but now listen to his lyrics, it actually seems like a lot of his stuff is arbitrary, rambling nonsense. Still, I found this album less unpleasant than most of his work.

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A good all ‘rounder. I’m not sure how to explain it, but the piano and guitar sound about as close to being out of tune as you can get without being out of tune.Phenomenal siren whistle work on the title track. 3.75.

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Bob dylan is only alright for me. I don't think I jibe.

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Ok... I respect Dylan's musicianship, but he's a bit whiny for my taste

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It's ok. I don't understand why Bob Dylan had the cult status he does though.

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Bob Dylan is one of those musicians whose back catalogue is so big it can be difficult to work out as a newcomer where to jump in. This album will do it, but..... I'd still rather go to a curated collection rather than take it album by album

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"you're a cow, give me some milk or else go home" - what is this dude even talking about sounds and vibes are good but half the lyrics are actual nonsense

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Not a first time listener with this one. I like the album though it's not my favouring Bob Dylan record. Perhaps a controversial take but I'd be much more of a Dylan fan if I could listen to his music with the mouth organ removed. What a horrendous instrument

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track 1 and 2 were great

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I really wanted to like this but it was a struggle to get through.

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Didn’t impress me

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I love the first track "like a rolling stone". But this is in no sense a favourite of Dylan. Much prefer Blonde on blonde. Not the greatest but it was fine listening again to this album.

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It's a good album imo but just not my style. I wouldn't ever choose to turn it on, but I could see myself appreciating it in the background if it happened to be on. I like that it's soothing and reflective. I'm not really into the genre I guess.

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It's been a while since I listened to Dylan. A few years ago, I binged most of his discography, realised how much of it was dreadful, and never went back. This one is his transition from acoustic folk to folk rock. It's definitely an important album which shaped the future of folk, rock and pop. But that doesn't mean I like it. The music is pretty listenable (though nothing too exciting), and I quite enjoy Dylan's monotonous droning voice from this period (not like years to come where he would sound like Kermit the frog). My major issue is that Dylan's poetic songwriting is a major part of his talent/appeal/acclaim, and I think it mostly sucks. Desolation Row and Highway 61 Revisited are alright songs. Most Dylan albums have a handful. But large swathes of his songs are just pseudo-surrealist boring storytelling. I still find it hilarious that he won a Nobel prize for Literature. Overall, I have no regrets about not giving this a spin for the last decade... 3*

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First album by Bob Dylan I’ve ever listened to, it was enjoyable and belied it’s “age” somewhat. Would listen to it again and maybe others by Bob Dylan,

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Un poco rollo

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album put Dylan on the map and established him.

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This is just Bob Dylan doing what he does best! The songs are enjoyable, the album flows with a nice pace, and the entire thing is just a pleasure to listen to. It's basically what you expect from a Bob Dylan album.

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probably sacrilege but nah today

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All the songs, except ...rolling stone, sound like demos to just get something on tape before recording it properly! He's not a great singer, which has been said before, but I'm also not sure his lyrics are as good as the reputation would suggest. One of the more disappointing albums for me, since I have always heard how it it is, but it just wasn't

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Strong start with 2 of my favourite Dylan songs then tails off a bit.

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didn't really like some of the songs on side 2, especially the out of tune guitar song. Can't judge the lyrical content on just one listen. Pretty good overall. 3.5/5 ?

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It’s Bob. And a classic one at that

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Typisch Dylan, nog altijd middelmatig naar mijn mening

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Genre: Folk Rock   3/5 Sigh. This is my 3rd Bob Dylan album I've received so far in this exercise (4th if you count his backing group, The Band, as a Bob Dylan project), and while this was probably my favorite out of the 3, that isn't really saying much. Highway 61 Revisited, a more heavily produced project than ever before from Bob, is a folk rock album that does a good job of providing us with the usual fare, but the album features the one thing I can't stand: Bob Dylan. His style of singing, his blaring harmonica riffs, and the lack of any true authenticity makes him unbearable to listen to for me. The album kicks off with probably his most famous song, Like a Rolling Stone, which, especially in the context of this album, doesn't sound any different than his other material, or provide anything new for us to hold on to. Even with its more distinct rock sound, we're still inundated with his voice and his lyrics, two things I will never grow to enjoy. When a song goes on and on, and it's just verse after verse with the same boring story, the near 12-minute Desolation Row is the most egregious example, it does absolutely nothing for me besides make me feel like I'm wasting my time. This sort of music is for a very particular kind of white guy, and I'm just not that kind of white guy. Good to hear a bit more rock 'n roll, but never good to hear Bob.

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Not a huge Dylan fan, but didn't mind this album. Pretty blues-ey.

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Too blues

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I know 'like a rolling stone', but didn't vibe with any others - something about Dylan I just don't get

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- not a huge fan of the harmonica, fun rhythm though. - seems to have some good messages in the lyrics. - not the biggest fan of the vocal style. - I’d describe it as noisy blues. - ballad of a thin man and highway 61 sound good. - a few nice guitar riffs.

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Listened to on 5/19/22 3.5/5 Favorite song: like a rolling stone, Tom thumbs blues Easy listening and very Bob Dylan

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I like Bob Dylan, I do but when I have too much it just fades in my mind. 3/5

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It was ok. Bob Dylan is a good lyricist but I don't care much for his voice to be honest.

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Tykkään ukon soundista, mutta levynä ei innostanut. Yksi leka...

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2.75

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I was never a fan of Dylan

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L'harmonica dans certaines pièces est tout simplement insupportable!! J'aime bien Bob Dylan et la fan de Forrest Gump en moi est toujours contente de l'entendre mais là.. Pas certaine. Ça s'entend qu'il est jeune. Je trouve sa voix trop criarde par moment. Une fois de plus, pas trippé.. Ça m'a même rendu un peu agressive fac non merci!

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Really hate harmonica

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Geen fan van Bob, dus ook niet van deze plaat

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Plod plod plod

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I wish I liked him better. He's quite the poet, and some of the songs are kind of blues-y and have decent rhythms, but his voice just fucking annoys me, and his phrasing too. This is a 2/5 or maybe 1/5 for me. Let's say 2, cause his older stuff is worse.

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Like a Rolling Stone, Tombstone Blues Cutting Edge: Desolation Row Overall Notes: The songwriting is really good, but holy hell batman I can't take the harmonica. I normally have no strong feelings about the instrument, but for whatever reason it sounds horrible and it single handedly ruins songs on this album (Queen Jane Approximately is the chief example of it). I don't know if it's the mix or my speakers or what it was about it but the screeching in my ear was unbearable. I can't believe that the cool kids once listened to harmonicas and a rambling man.

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First off, let me stipulate that Bob Dylan is one of a handful of great lyricists of the rock era, and certainly the most political, and some of Dylan's most trenchant lyrics can be found on Highway 61 Revisited. Now, not everyone felt that way. Syd Barrett wrote a hilarious take down of Dylan called The Bob Dylan Blues: Got the Bob Dylan blues And the Bob Dylan shoes And my clothes and my hair's in a mess But you know I just couldn't care less Goin' to write me a song 'Bout what's right and what's wrong 'Bout god and my god and all that Quiet while I make like a cat 'Cause I'm a poet, don't ya know it And the wind, you can blow it Cause I'm Mr. Dylan, the king And I'm free as a bird on the wing Roam from town to town Guess I get people down But I don't care too much about that 'Cause my gut and my wallet are fat Make a whole lotta dough But I deserve it though I've got soul and a good heart of gold So I'll sing about war in the cold 'Cause I'm a poet, don't ya know it And the wind, you can blow it Cause I'm Mr. Dylan, the king And I'm free as a bird on the wing Now, aside from his lyrics, Dylan isn't a bad songwriter. No, I take that back. His compositions are often sturdy and occasionally inspired, if still fairly basic. And the covers of his work, by artists as varied as Hendrix and Keith Jarrett, prove that point. But as a performing artist, Dylan's charms are way overstated. His sneering talk singing may put across his lyrics, but musically, it kind of sucks. Ditto his guitar playing, ditto his harp playing. There's only so much Michael Bloomfield on guitar and Al Kooper on organ can do to save Highway 61 Revisited, and this is far from their strongest work, anyway. There's a little more energy on Highway 61 Revisited than on Dylan's previous albums, which makes the music more bearable, but to call this "hard bluesy rock" is ludicrous. Once again, an artist's reputation distorts the critical evaluation of their work. I'll give this a 2.5 out of 5 and only because of Dylan's abilities as a songwriter.

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Just kinda dull.

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I’ve scored previous Bob Dylan albums very poorly. Nothings going to change here. Why, when an artist sounds exactly the same from one LP to another, does their need to be multiple albums from them on this list. If you’ve listened to one Dylan album you don’t need further examples cause spoiler alert...he sounds exactly the same. In summary, it goes without saying this album was as boring as the rest... 2 Stars!

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Harmonica hurts my ears

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like a rolling stone

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The songs start off fine with pleasant instrumentals but then his Gawdawful voice comes in and it’s like nails against the blackboard for me. He may be a good poet but his singing and phrasing are not my cup of tea. Like a rolling stone and Ballad of a thin man are slightly more bearable.

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DyLan still doesn’t do it for me ! 2*

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Clever lyrics I'm sure, but not a fan... that's not singing.

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I swear I've already had this album. Maybe I changed universes overnight. Bit of a shame this new universe is one where Bob Dylan still exists. 2/5.

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didn’t really enjoy, not my style tbh

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Like a rolling stone is about as solid as you can kick off an album. The album is folksy, with a great bit of country twang to it. Queen Jane Approximately sounds a bit like the title track, which I guess is to be expected, unlike Highway 61 Revisited, which seems to point everything in a different direction. There's something interesting about the guitar riff that's just... a different direction. Can't put my fingers on it.

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Somewhere in the wordy prattling that is typical of blues lyrics, Dylan had moments of genius where he wrote some truly poetic lyrical phrases that have long stood the test of time. It's nice to hear some lyrics from this time period that give permission to be poetic while still rocking and rolling. It is sometimes to his detriment though; I sometimes find him to be rambling on lyrically at the expense of the music. Still, I find it difficult, personally, to be into Bob Dylan; his nasal-y drawl that he tends to sing with has always grated on me. This very quality is one that has drawn others to follow his 60+ year career. It's all personal preference. That said, I have no reservations about Bob Dylan's deserving place in this project, but I'm still just not that into him.

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i'm torn about bob dylan. i don't think there's any arguing on how influential he and this album (among others) were, but there is controversy surrounding his music. it makes me uneasy that he's stolen so many musical aspects from bipoc. he does, at least, cover important topics within his songs. but to take the album as it is: i'm not the biggest fan of blues or folk, but with the rock element, this album is enjoyable for me. dylan's other work is tough for me to listen to, but his willingness to incorporate other instruments on this album helps me. but, of course, dylan still uses his signature harmonica and his story-telling lyrics. that being said, this was a worthwhile listen, mostly for my musical history education, but that's kinda it.

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It's alright, Nothing really caught my attention though.

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i heard like a rolling stone so many times that I don't have any opinions on it anymore i couldn't end this i got to track 2 and became completely bored i don't like this this list was made by a lot of straight white man i just know it

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Dylan is probably the most overrated musician to exist. Can't stand that squeaky voice...

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En fin que pesado as cancións nok teñen que ser tan largas sobrevaloradísimo

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Almost every single song on this album is too long. A slog to get through. Also let's play a harmonica full blast into the mic.

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Muy renombrado y wue se yo pero no es para un publico no yanqii

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Love this album, some duds, but overall great

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This is my first time listening to Bob Dylan, so bear with me for a moment. This album's main feature is its storytelling, which is some of the best I've ever heard. Particularly in Desolation Road and Ballad of a Thin Man, the latter is my favorite song from the album. A major part of the storytelling in this album, for me, was the tone it established. While it sometimes varies from song to song, each track in the album for me is tied together by a, for lack of a better word, "highway" tone. Personally, I believe the instrumentals are more so there to help convey the tone of the storytelling than to sound good, but conveying tone and quality musicianship go hand and hand, so they still sound good. Every instrument for me (slide whistle included) reinforced the "highway" tone, like something you'd hear an old jailbird singing in their jailcell. There are instances (most notably the acoustic guitar in Desolation Road) where the instrumentals are really interesting and high quality, but never does the musicianship beat the lyricism and storytelling, which I believe is Bob Dylan's strong-suit if I'm not mistaken. My only grip is that some of songs feel like they go on for one or two verses longer than they should, but for what reason in particular I can't really grasp for myself.

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