I wrote earlier this week about the 40th anniversary of Springsteen’s classic LP, Born to Run. Just a day or two later came another anniversary of another landmark album, this one marking 50 years since Highway 61 Revisited from Bob Dylan was released back in 1965. It has remained a critical favorite over the decades, coming in at #4 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Of course, lists like that are pretty subjective but in this case, I tend to agree.
It was Dylan’s first all electric outing after making the transition from purist folkie to rock star with his prior album, Bringing It All Back Home, which was part acoustic folk and part electric rock. With Highway 61 Revisited, Dylan went all in and made an album that was a real document and catalyst for the turbulent times in which it was made. It is said that the 1960’s, as we have come to remember them as an era, started with this album.
I know it has long been a favorite of mine. It’s an album that has been with me for so long that it doesn’t seem to be of any time, regardless of its age. It just is. Every song holds up and each is like a full and rich meal. It’s filled with a meaty mix of words and textures and meanings that just fills you up.
So, for this week’s Sunday morning music, what could be more fitting than the title track from this classic from half a century ago? It’s a song that never gets to get my blood moving. It’s been covered by a multitude of other artists and I don’t know that I ever heard a bad cover of it. Here’s the original. Have a great Sunday!