POLL: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited - your favourite track?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Dave Gilmour's Cat, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.

    SF Bay Area
    "The Commander-in-Chief answers him while chasing a fly
    Saying, 'Death to all those who would whimper and cry'
    And, dropping a barbell, he points to the sky
    Saying, 'The sun's not yellow, it's chicken'".

    I've always loved silly-comical Dylan. This is how I find meaning in "Clothesline Saga".
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  2. strummer101

    strummer101 The insane on occasion aren't without their charms

    Lakewood OH
    I voted for song #1. My second favorite is song #2.
    Each song is my favorite, though, when it's playing. A perfect record.
  3. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

    I love it all but I voted for From a Buick 6. Probably not actually the best song on the record (okay definitely not) but that's the song that made me realize that, despite what so many had told me, Bob Dylan was actually a great singer. So incredibly confident.

    "But if I GO DOWN dying you know she's BOUND to putablanketonmybed!"

    This album is almost inhuman its so fantastic. This is not the stuff of mere mortals.
  4. pdenny

    pdenny 22-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

    Hawthorne CA
    A perfect record but I'm a "Tom Thumb" man if I only get one
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  5. AJH

    AJH Senior Member

    PA Northern Tier
    Ballad of a Thin Man
  6. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    im going with tom thumb s well, desolation row...lars...they're all classics (minus that car siren)
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  7. Archtop

    Archtop Soft Dead Crimson Cow

    Greater Boston, MA
    Agreed; a perfect record except for that silly siren on the title track. I'd rather hear someone play on a pennywhistle for crying out loud.
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  8. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. .

    Queen Jane Approximately, with Tombstone Blues as my next favorite, I think. A tough one.

    After those, if ranking them, I'd probably go with either Desolation Row or Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues.
  9. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Western Canada
    I think it may be a bit disingenuous (at least for me) to pick anything but Rolling Stone. If that song wasn't on there, if it didn't exist, then what?

    Hey, it's a free country, pick anything you like. But, really, which song have you played the most?...
  10. Today it's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues". But "Like A Rolling Stone", "Queen Jane Approximately" and "Desolation Row" are also possible answers.
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  11. Roger Thornhill

    Roger Thornhill Senior Member

    Ilford, Essex, UK
    Well, its one of the greatest rock albums of all time. Maybe even the first rock album as such.

    Favourite as opposed to best? Best is a tossup between LARS and DR.

    Probably Tom Thumb for favourite. Fantastic lyrics.

    Now all the authorities
    They just stand around and boast
    How they blackmailed the sergeant-at-arms
    Into leaving his post
    And picking up Angel who
    Just arrived here from the coast
    Who looked so fine at first
    But left looking just like a ghost
  12. AudioLoup

    AudioLoup Forum Resident

    The Netherlands
    My vote goes to Ballad of a Thin man, one of my favourite Bob Dylan songs in general. The lyrics bite like acid and Dylan just seems to be spitting them right in your face here.

    Also, I really like Tombstone Blues, so honourable mention.
    Also, I really like the entire album, so I'll stop rambling.
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  13. DeeThomaz

    DeeThomaz Senior Member

    In The Felony Room
    I voted for "Desolation Row" but "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" is nagging at my conscience. And might explode.

    Weird saying this about an album that includes "Like A Rolling Stone."
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  14. George P

    George P Notable Member

    Yeah, that's how good this album is.

    I was thinking today on my way to work that after hearing all the different versions from this past Bootleg Series and the live versions from the 1966 tour, I still prefer the versions on the regular album. (And not because I grew up with them, I have only been a Dylan fan about 10 years or so.)
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  15. CybrKhatru

    CybrKhatru Music is life.

    Los Angeles
    Ballad of a Thin Man... but the whole album is fantastic.
  16. Archtop

    Archtop Soft Dead Crimson Cow

    Greater Boston, MA
    Desolation Row by a very wide margin.
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  17. wavethatflag

    wavethatflag Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile.

    SF Bay Area
    I'm listening to this album in mono after Dead & Co. get done with "New Speedway Boogie" (7/23/16). I'm not sure if mono is my preferred listening experience for this one, but I hardly ever play the The Original Mono Recordings.
  18. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Senior Member

    Like a Rolling Stone, for me.
  19. ianuaditis

    ianuaditis Matthew 21:17

    Long River Place
    If it didn't exist, then 'Tom Thumb' would be the 3rd best song on the record, after 'Desolation Row' and 'Thin Man'...:D

    As for me, Desolation Row is by far the song I've played the most, I put it near the front of his entire catalog.
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    douglas mcclenaghan Forum Resident

  21. ianuaditis

    ianuaditis Matthew 21:17

    Long River Place
    It's been one or two albums a day, I suspect he's working his way to that.

    I kind of like the forced choice, no changing it. It goes to show just how strong many of Dylan's albums are.
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  22. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I've been asked to slow them down, so we'll get there but it might take a while...
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  23. tremspeed

    tremspeed Well-Known Member

    Los Angeles, CA
    Tombstone Blues is really your favorite song on this album? really?
  24. McPhish

    McPhish Active Member

    Orchard Park, NY
    This may be the most difficult one to pick from for me. So many faves! I went with It Takes A Lot To Laugh
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  25. Hardy Melville

    Hardy Melville Forum Resident

    New York
    I picked Desolation Row, but wanted to say something nice about Queen Jane Approximately. I remember reading a review somewhere saying Jane is not up to the rest of the album, and I completely disagree. It is right there with all the high points.

    Now that I think about it, are there any low points? Cant think of any.

    Won't you come see me, Queen Jane? Love it.
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