Bob Dylan also performed police car on this album.
Also part of the 10-cd box set The Bob Dylan 60's Collection, catalog number 88697 51773 2, with these discs:
Bob Dylan (disc id) | Live at The Gaslight 1962 (disc id) | The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (disc id) | The Times They Are A-Changin' (disc id) | Another Side of Bob Dylan (disc id) | Bringing It All Back Home (disc id) | Highway 61 Revisited (disc id) | Blonde on Blonde (disc id) | John Wesley Harding (disc id) | Nashville Skyline (disc id)
Part of the SACD Limited edition hybrid set with these discs:
Bringing It All Back Home | Blood on the Tracks |Blonde on Blonde (disc 1) |Blonde on Blonde (disc 2) |Another Side of Bob Dylan |Desire | Highway 61 Revisited |Infidels |John Wesley Harding |"Love and Theft" |Nashville Skyline |Oh Mercy |Planet Waves |Slow Train Coming |Street Legal |The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Release with catalog # 88697594202 is part of a box set with Blonde on Blonde. The individual disc has catalog # 512351 2 and barcode 5099751235125.
Like a Rolling Stone
Uncut: Highway 61 Revisited Revisited by Various Artists
The Complete Album Collection, Volume 1
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 4)
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2005 edition)
There's been so much written and said about each and every one of Bob Dylan's albums that it's all too easy to wind-up lost in the vast, labyrinthine myths surrounding them. One of the biggest is the whole shock-of-the-new deal, otherwise known as the day the earth stood still when Dylan picked up a Stratocaster. It seems ludicrous now that there could be so much ballyhoo over his decision to play some tunes with a rock group, especially when, even by the standards of the day, it was fairly innocuous rock music at that.
Still, escaping fundamentalists from whatever cult they belong to is no bad thing, and it was a newly-liberated Dylan, just days after his controversial appearance at Newport, who recorded Highway 61 Revisited with a rock band in tow. This is the point where Dylan planted both feet firmly on the ground that had been partially turned on 1965's Bringing It All Back Home, and started digging in. It's easy to overlook the testy brilliance of "Like A Rolling Stone "on account of its having been part of the musical furniture for the last forty years. Yet the fresh air and fresh ideas, whistling alongside Al Kooper's soaring organ lines, all add up to this being a 100% classic with one of the great cutting vocal performances to date.
Though comparatively muted at an instrumental level, the "Ballad Of A Thin Man" is no less mordant and biting a put-down. Not all imagery tucked up inside those increasingly florid lyrics plays well but there's no mistaking the attitude jumping out of every last syllable. The abrasive scrape of his voice meets its match on the boisterous shuffle of "Tombstone Blues" with a spectacular guitar break from Mike Bloomfield ahead of the penultimate verse.
To these ears at least, Dylan works best when he's at his most concise. Though the purists may find sanctuary in the acoustic-only eleven minute-long "Desolation Row", and regard any dissention as sacrilege, such verbosity drags slightly upon an invigorating collection of songs which takes things at a brisk pace.