highway 61 revisited

Sunday’s on the phone to Monday, Tuesday’s on the phone to me, we had access to too many, too much money, too much equipment, and little by little we went insane:

Artist Album Year 2013
40 Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 2002 45
39 Neil Young Harvest 1972 *
38 The Who Who’s Next 1971 *
37 Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes 2008 40
36 DJ Shadow Endtroducing… 1996 49
35 Santana Abraxas 1970 28
34 Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River 1969 *
33 Blind Faith Blind Faith 1969 27
32 Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited 1965 *
31 The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) 1968 *
Artist Album Year 2015
40 The New Pornographers Twin Cinema 2005 *
39 The Byrds The Notorious Byrd Brothers 1968 36
38 The White Stripes Elephant 2003 *
37 Sunset Rubdown Shut Up I Am Dreaming 2006 *
36 Spirit Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus 1970 *
35 Paul Simon Graceland 1986 18
34 UNKLE Psyence Fiction 1998 *
33 Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion 2009 42
32 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine 1992 *
31 The Kingsbury Manx The Kingsbury Manx 2000 33
Artist Album Year 2015
40 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 42
39 Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream 1993 *
38 Moody Blues In Search of the Lost Chord 1968 30
37 The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 19
36 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II 1969 16
35 Eagles Hotel California 1976 34
34 Afghan Whigs Gentlemen 1993 27
33 Fleetwood Mac Bare Trees 1972 18
32 Lambchop How I Quit Smoking 1996 40
31 Weezer Weezer (Blue Album) 1994 33

I can’t tell you how I feel, but this wheel’s on fire:


15. (18) Panda Bear – Person Pitch (2007)
14. (19) Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
13. (17) Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975)
12. (41) Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

11. (15) Santana – Abraxas (1970)
“The melodies just know what I need, but the rhythm knows what I want.”


15. (9) Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
14. (11) Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
13. (37) The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)
12. (*) Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

11. (8) Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
“On 10 october 2007 we witnessed the end of an era.”



  Year: 1965

 Genre: Folk Rock

 Preceded by: Bringing It All Back Home (1965)

 Followed by: Blonde on Blonde (1966)

 Related to: The Beatles – Rubber Soul, The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man



You have to start somewhere, so somewhere must be Dylan. Bob Dylan is one of America’s most influential musicians of all time and influenced many many musicians all over the world. Especially this album marks a turning point in rock history.

Back in 1965, Dylan was known as a very successful folk artist. But at that point he decided he didn’t want this to be for the rest of his life and exchanged his acoustic guitar for an electric one on the A side of the album Bringing It All Back Home. He completed this transition on his next album: Highway 61 Revisited.

The name of the album was derived from one of North America’s great highways. This road had a special meaning for Dylan, as it connected his birthplace Minnesota with places in the south like Memphis and New Orleans. It were those places where some of Dylan’s heroes like Elvis Presley and Muddy Waters came from.

What makes this album a perfect starting point is it’s ‘revolutionary’ character which had a great influence on a lot of other music to be discussed here later on. Not only the transition to electric rock, but also for example the introduction of songs lasting longer than three minutes. Every song lasts about 5-6 minutes and the epic final track ‘Desolation Row’ even lasts 11 minutes. On top, the songs are not mainly about love anymore and they don’t have the traditional sing along choruses which were standard those days. Last but not least, the emphasis on this album lies on the lyrics, not the voice which sings them. That’s by the way the main reason that Jimi Hendrix started to sing after all: if Dylan could sing, Hendrix could at least give it a try.

Hendrix even covered the famous opening track of the album: ‘Like a Rolling Stone’. This track in particular avoids all traditional themes of a pop song, expressing resentment and revenge instead. This song was even listed number ONE on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, could you imagine a better start for your discovery? Enjoy the album!

Top Tracks:

  1. Like A Rolling Stone
  2. Desolation Row
  3. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues


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