Highway 61 Revisited

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Highway 61 Revisited is singer-songwriter Bob Dylan's sixth studio album, released in August 1965 by Columbia Records. On his previous album, Bringing It All Back Home, Dylan devoted Side One of the album to songs accompanied by an electric rock band, and Side Two to solo acoustic numbers. For Highway 61 Revisited, Dylan used rock backing on every track on the album, except for the closing song, the 11-minute "Desolation Row". Critics have written that Dylan's ability to combine driving, blues-based rock music with the power of poetry, made Highway 61 Revisited one of the most influential albums ever recorded.

Leading off with his hit single of that summer, "Like a Rolling Stone", the album features many songs that have been acclaimed as classics and that Dylan has continued to perform live over his long career, including "Highway 61 Revisited", "Ballad of a Thin Man", and "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues". Dylan named the album after one of the great North American arteries, which connected his birthplace in Minnesota to southern cities famed for their musical heritage, including St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans.

Highway 61 Revisited peaked at #3 on the US charts and #4 in the UK, while its single, "Like a Rolling Stone", reached #2 in the US and #4 in the UK. Highway 61 Revisited has received multiple accolades. The album was ranked #4 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and "Like a Rolling Stone", "Desolation Row", and "Highway 61 Revisited" were listed at #1, #185 and #364, respectively, on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.


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