Wednesday, May 18

'Blonde on Blonde' at 50: Celebrating Bob Dylan's Greatest Masterpiece

"Happy 50th birthday to Blonde on Blonde, the most mysterious, majestic and seductive of Bob Dylan albums – not to mention the greatest. Recorded fast with Nashville session cats who were used to grinding out country hits, Blonde on Blonde has a slick studio polish that makes it sound totally unlike any of his other albums, with sparkling piano frills and a soulful shitkicker groove. Yet the glossy surface just makes the songs more haunting. Released on May 16th, 1966, Blonde on Blonde remains the pinnacle of Dylan's genius – he never sounded lonelier than in 'Visions of Johanna,' funnier than in 'I Want You,' more desperate than in 'Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again.' ... Blonde on Blonde is full of that 'not around' chill – Dylan mixes up the Texas medicine and the railroad gin for a whole album of high-lonesome late-night dread, blues hallucinations and his bitchiest wit. ..."
Rolling Stone
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2010 August: Blonde on Blonde (1966), 2013 July: Bob Dylan ‘Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands’ | Classic Tracks, 2014 December: "Johanna's Visions" - Melbourne 1966, 2015 June: The "Blonde On Blonde" Missing Pictures, 2015 April: "Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" (1966), 2015 November: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966