miércoles, 6 de febrero de 2008

Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited

Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited


"Something is happening here
But you don't know what it is
Do you? Mr Jones"

It is hard to say something about Bob Dylan that hasnt been told already. Rock poet, Legend, the saviour, Robert Allen Zimmerman or simply, the voice of the Generation, many of this names, Dylan disliked. He believed himself just to be, well, a musician.
About Highway 61, Phil Ochs claimed it to be "impossibly good", and on the revolutionary single, "Like a Rolling Stone", which came to break the short length of single songs, Bruce Springsteen once said "a shot that sounded like somebody'd kicked open the door to your mind".
The so called "Electric Dylan" did not please some conservatory folk ears since songs of the likes of "Tombstone Blues" are electrically driven.
After this two songs (Like a Rolling Stone / TOmbstone Blues), other six songs flow through your ears until you get to the best song on the album, and probably the best on Dylan's career. "Desolation Row", a 10 minute long surreal stroll which caughts glimpses of numerous characters, places and situations. This song alone might cconstitute a whole life lyrical basis for the average artist, but not to Robert. This manages to be the perfect ending for a, at times, turbulent ride through Highway 61.

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