- Audio Cassette (Oct. 17 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B0000024SJ
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
Dylan has guitar flash Mike Bloomfield along for this ride, and he adds jets to this whole shebang. If you want to hear Dylan rock, really rock, then you need this album. Forget all the lyrical tricks, the hidden meanings, and just get it because it is electric, it has guitars, and they go fast.
It also has maybe the best rock song of all time, "Like A Rolling Stone". From the opening rim shot to the last note, it is a classic's classic. "How does it FEEL?" asks Dylan, as he takes a former debutante to the woodshed after her world falls in. Misogynistic? Maybe, but so what? It is an awesome track.
"Desolation Row" features two harmonica solos that rise the hair on your arms. The song gradually builds in its stridency, until Dylan can hardly keep from shouting the words. He solos one time, comes back with the last verse in a voice almost shaking in its intensity, then solos again to put an ending to this great, great album. Woof.
In between these two songs lies a set of perhaps the greatest collection of music ever put onto record. If you are a folkie, and electric music makes you nervous, then I'm sure you prefer an earlier Dylan album, or maybe "Blonde on Blonde". If you are a rock and roll person, this disc is the one.