Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post Reply
User avatar
babydoll
Rust Never Sleeps
Posts: 956
Joined: Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:07 pm

Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by babydoll » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:45 pm

Time to revisit Highway 61 Revisited! :music-listening:

Image
Highway 61 Revisited (1965) tracklisting:
01 | Like a Rolling Stone
02 | Tombstone Blues
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Crain
04 | From a Buick 6
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
09 | Desolation Row

Now, those who were born to run, get ready to run to Bruce next week.

deadpacifist
Strange Fruit
Posts: 65
Joined: Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:14 am

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by deadpacifist » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:49 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
09 | Desolation Row
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
02 | Tombstone Blues
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
04 | From a Buick 6

User avatar
acroamor
Unquestionable Presence
Posts: 617
Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:16 pm
Location: Atlanta, GA

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by acroamor » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:58 pm

06 | Queen Jane Approximately
09 | Desolation Row
01 | Like a Rolling Stone
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
02 | Tombstone Blues
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
04 | From a Buick 6

User avatar
Honorio
Die Mensch Maschine
Posts: 2510
Joined: Sat Feb 11, 2012 7:38 am
Location: L'Eliana, Valencia, Spain

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Honorio » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:39 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
09 | Desolation Row
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
02 | Tombstone Blues
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
04 | From a Buick 6

User avatar
GucciLittlePiggy
Unquestionable Presence
Posts: 579
Joined: Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:04 pm
Location: Ohio

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by GucciLittlePiggy » Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:32 am

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
02 | Tombstone Blues
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
04 | From a Buick 6
09 | Desolation Row
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

I can't reasonably go against the consensus number one. This latest listen has really brought out its greatness. If there's anyone on this forum who remembers when "Like a Rolling Stone" became a hit, could you share a bit on what that was like? In today's pop landscape I can't imagine anything quite like it becoming popular.
I just wanted to be one of those ghosts
You thought that you could forget
And then I haunt you via the rear view mirror
On a long drive from the back seat...

User avatar
prosecutorgodot
Rust Never Sleeps
Posts: 929
Joined: Tue Apr 14, 2015 5:53 am
Location: SF Bay Area, California

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by prosecutorgodot » Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:07 am

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
02 | Tombstone Blues
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
09 | Desolation Row
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
04 | From a Buick 6

The album that got me into Dylan's electric side. Very recently, actually.
The realest feel - "I can't sleep, it's too hot."

Gillingham
Rust Never Sleeps
Posts: 934
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:33 pm
Location: The Hague, The Netherlands

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Gillingham » Mon Jun 13, 2016 8:43 am

05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
01 | Like a Rolling Stone
09 | Desolation Row
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
02 | Tombstone Blues
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
04 | From a Buick 6

User avatar
Bruno
Die Mensch Maschine
Posts: 1302
Joined: Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:33 pm
Location: São Paulo, Brasil
Contact:

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Bruno » Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:43 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
09 | Desolation Row
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
02 | Tombstone Blues
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
04 | From a Buick 6

User avatar
Listyguy
Die Mensch Maschine
Posts: 2136
Joined: Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:34 pm

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Listyguy » Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:55 pm

Ballad of a Thin Man
Like a Rolling Stone
Desolation Row
Tombstone Blues
Highway 61 Revisited
From a Buick 6
Queen Jane Approximately
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
It Takes a Lot To Laugh It Takes a Train To Cry

DaveC
Die Mensch Maschine
Posts: 2099
Joined: Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:04 am

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by DaveC » Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:33 am

09 | Desolation Row
01 | Like a Rolling Stone
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
02 | Tombstone Blues
04 | From a Buick 6

User avatar
whuntva
Die Mensch Maschine
Posts: 1448
Joined: Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:46 pm

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by whuntva » Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:21 pm

Like a Rolling Stone
Desolation Row
Highway 61 Revisited
From a Buick 6
Ballad of a Thin Man
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
Queen Jane Approximately
Tombstone Blues
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry


This is an album in my Top 100. It gets better every time I hear it.

My parents are old enough to remember LARS when it first came out, so I might ask them what it was like at the time. Of course, Honorio might know as well.
" Ah, yes! Our meager restitution"

User avatar
BleuPanda
Die Mensch Maschine
Posts: 3225
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:20 am

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by BleuPanda » Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:31 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
09 | Desolation Row
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
02 | Tombstone Blues
04 | From a Buick 6

Toni
Different Class
Posts: 325
Joined: Wed May 30, 2012 12:13 am
Location: Ribeirão Preto - Brazil

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Toni » Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:43 pm

01 | Tombstone Blues
02 | Ballad of a Thin Man
03 | From a Buick 6
04 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
05 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
07 | Like a Rolling Stone
08 | Desolation Row
09 | Highway 61 Revisited

Positions 1-6 are all equally (and incredibly) good, #7-8 are huge classics that are not among my personal favorites, #9 is the only track that falls from the high level kept through all the album.

User avatar
babydoll
Rust Never Sleeps
Posts: 956
Joined: Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:07 pm

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by babydoll » Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:41 pm

Toni wrote:03 | From a Buick 6
I've had my moments as gamemaster where I felt I needed to be quiet, but this is somewhat wrong... (This coming from someone who ranked "A Day in the Life" as the weakest of the tracks on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.) I just... Why do you like this more than the last three?

Toni
Different Class
Posts: 325
Joined: Wed May 30, 2012 12:13 am
Location: Ribeirão Preto - Brazil

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Toni » Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:36 am

babydoll wrote:
Toni wrote:03 | From a Buick 6
I've had my moments as gamemaster where I felt I needed to be quiet, but this is somewhat wrong... (This coming from someone who ranked "A Day in the Life" as the weakest of the tracks on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.) I just... Why do you like this more than the last three?
Well, maybe I can consider this song as a guilty pleasure, but, even though I've ranked it #3, that doesn't mean it is superior to the other tracks.
Although "From a Buick 6" is much more simple in structure and lyrics when compared to the other songs, it does an important role inside such a dense album. It's the moment that breaks the mood for a while, kind of like "Electioneering" does on "OK Computer", "Sugar Spun Sister" on "The Stone Roses" or "Dancing Choose" on Dear Science.
We are always trying to rationalize why some music is better than the other, but I think it would be almost impossible to explain why I am more pleased while listening to all the tracks in the middle of this album than to it's opener. I appreciate all LARS qualities, specially the clever lyrics and Dylan's delivery, but while it looks "interesting", the other tracks look "pleasing". In other words, maybe I appreaciate that song with the "mind" and the others with the "ears". Another explanation could be the fact that I always listen to this album as a whole, so I don't know how each song works alone.
About "Desolation Row", it's has a beautiful pungent arrangement and unique lyrics, but loses some "points" for going too long.

Besides all that, even though I appreaciate good lyrics, the music always comes first for me, specially when the words are spoken in a language that is not my native one.

stone37
Let's Get It On
Posts: 232
Joined: Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:39 am

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by stone37 » Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:45 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
02 | Ballad of a Thin Man
03 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
04 | Highway 61 Revisited
05 | Desolation Row
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
07 | Tombstone Blues
08 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
09 | From a Buick 6

sonofsamiam
Rust Never Sleeps
Posts: 856
Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:19 pm

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by sonofsamiam » Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:03 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
09 | Desolation Row
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
02 | Tombstone Blues
04 | From a Buick 6

EmilienDelRey
Unquestionable Presence
Posts: 646
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:28 pm

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by EmilienDelRey » Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:58 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
09 | Desolation Row
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
02 | Tombstone Blues
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
04 | From a Buick 6
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Crain

User avatar
andyd1010
Rust Never Sleeps
Posts: 852
Joined: Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:08 am

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by andyd1010 » Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:22 pm

1 | Like a Rolling Stone
2 | Ballad of a Thin Man
3 | Highway 61 Revisited
4 | Desolation Row
5 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
6 | Queen Jane Approximately
7 | From a Buick 6
8 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
9 | Tombstone Blues

User avatar
Live in Phoenix
Die Mensch Maschine
Posts: 1095
Joined: Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:50 am

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Live in Phoenix » Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:44 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
02 | Ballad of a Thin Man
03 | Tombstone Blues
04 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
05 | Queen Jane Approximately
06 | From a Buick 6
07 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
08 | Highway 61 Revisited
09 | Desolation Row

Nassim
Die Mensch Maschine
Posts: 1828
Joined: Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:35 pm
Location: Paris

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Nassim » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:33 pm

I should stay this is 95% purely ranked on music, as a non native speaker, even one who has no trouble conversing fluently in the language, I still have tough time focusing on lyrics, safe for albums I have listened again and again (which means that I actually know the lyrics of the top 2 songs here relatively well, because I have listened to them quite a lot).

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
02 | Tombstone Blues
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
09 | Desolation Row
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
04 | From a Buick 6

jamieW
Die Mensch Maschine
Posts: 1560
Joined: Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:19 pm

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by jamieW » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:55 pm

05 | Ballad of a Thin Man *
01 | Like a Rolling Stone *
09 | Desolation Row
02 | Tombstone Blues
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Crain
04 | From a Buick 6
07 | Highway 61 Revisited

Personal favorites *
Overall album rating: 7.56

User avatar
IllumiThottie
Start Me Up
Posts: 24
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:28 pm
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by IllumiThottie » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:54 pm

1. Like a Rolling Stone
2. Tombstone Blues
3. Desolation Row
4. Ballad of a Thin Man
5. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
6. Highway 61 Revisited
7. Queen Jane Approximately
8. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
9. From A Buick 6

User avatar
bonnielaurel
Die Mensch Maschine
Posts: 1098
Joined: Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:48 pm

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by bonnielaurel » Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:24 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
09 | Desolation Row
02 | Tombstone Blues
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
04 | From a Buick 6

krendler
Are You Experienced?
Posts: 48
Joined: Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:15 am

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by krendler » Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:59 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
09 | Desolation Row
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Cry
02 | Tombstone Blues
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
04 | From a Buick 6

User avatar
ordinaryperson
Unquestionable Presence
Posts: 618
Joined: Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:23 am

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by ordinaryperson » Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:54 am

"Then they’ll kill him with self-confidence. After poisoning him with words."

01 | Tombstone Blues
02 | Like a Rolling Stone
03 | Desolation Row
04 | Ballad of a Thin Man
05 | Highway 61 Revisited
06 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
07 | From a Buick 6
08 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
09 | Queen Jane Approximately
Wish that I could come out of your phone. Superhero powers. Burst out of the sand with a bunch of flowers.

User avatar
bootsy
Die Mensch Maschine
Posts: 1142
Joined: Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:38 pm

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by bootsy » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:37 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
02 | Tombstone Blues
09 | Desolation Row
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
04 | From a Buick 6
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Crain
06 | Queen Jane Approximately

SJner
Are You Experienced?
Posts: 44
Joined: Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:09 am

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by SJner » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:01 pm

1. Desolation row
2. Like a rolling stone
3. Tombstone blues
4. Just like Tom Thumb's blues
5. Queen Jane approximately
6. Highway 61 revisited
7. Ballad of a thin man
8. From a Buick 6
9. It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry

antonius
Rust Never Sleeps
Posts: 755
Joined: Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:47 pm
Location: Hoboken, Antwerp, Belgium

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by antonius » Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:23 pm

01 | Like a Rolling Stone
05 | Ballad of a Thin Man
09 | Desolation Row
07 | Highway 61 Revisited
02 | Tombstone Blues
06 | Queen Jane Approximately
03 | It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
08 | Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
04 | From a Buick 6

Jap123
Let's Get It On
Posts: 112
Joined: Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:42 pm

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Jap123 » Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:28 pm

09) Desolation Row
01) Like A Rolling Stone
08) Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
06) Queen Jane Approximately
02) Tombstone Blues
05) Ballad Of A Thin Man
03) It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
04) From a Buick 6
07) Highway 61 Revisited

User avatar
Elder
Let's Get It On
Posts: 162
Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:59 pm

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Elder » Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:33 pm

1 Like a Rolling Stone

9 Desolation Row

3 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Crain
5 Ballad of a Thin Man

7 Highway 61 Revisited

8 Just Tom Thumb's Blues

5 Queen Jane Approximately

4 From a Buick 6
2 Tombstone Blues
Losing My Edge

Illiniq
Strange Fruit
Posts: 63
Joined: Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:37 am

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Illiniq » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:42 pm

9. Desolation Row
1. Like A Rolling Stone
7. Highway 61 Revisited
4. From A Buick 6
2.Tombstone Blues
5. Ballad Of A Thin Man
8. Just Like Tom Thumb Blues
6. Queen Jane Approxiamately
3. It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry.

This album rates #4 on my all time list, and is easily my favorite Dylan - Like Rolling Stone and Desolation Row rate right up there with Gimme Shelter/Can't Get What You Want, Baba O'Riley/Won't Get Fooled Again, What's Going On/Inner City Blues and a few others as greatest album bookends of all time.

Illiniq
Strange Fruit
Posts: 63
Joined: Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:37 am

Re: Rank the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Post by Illiniq » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:47 pm

babydoll wrote:
Toni wrote:03 | From a Buick 6
I've had my moments as gamemaster where I felt I needed to be quiet, but this is somewhat wrong... (This coming from someone who ranked "A Day in the Life" as the weakest of the tracks on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.) I just... Why do you like this more than the last three?
I've got it listed 4th - it's got the best garage groove of any song on the album. Pure visceral reaction to that for me - lyrics or simplicity be damned.

Toni
Different Class
Posts: 325
Joined: Wed May 30, 2012 12:13 am
Location: Ribeirão Preto - Brazil

Post by Toni » Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:06 am

Illiniq wrote:
babydoll wrote:
Toni wrote:03 | From a Buick 6
I've had my moments as gamemaster where I felt I needed to be quiet, but this is somewhat wrong... (This coming from someone who ranked "A Day in the Life" as the weakest of the tracks on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.) I just... Why do you like this more than the last three?
I've got it listed 4th - it's got the best garage groove of any song on the album. Pure visceral reaction to that for me - lyrics or simplicity be damned.
You said it all, Illiniq: visceral reaction! Lyrics in English don't have the same impact on me like lyrics in my own language (Portuguese) do, and I think it's one of the reasons I'm not so fond of Dylan. This album, though, is a very pleasant one, and that's due to the great wall of sound on songs such as "Like a Rolling Stone", to the creativity seen on "Ballad of a Thin Man" and "Just Like the Tom Thumb's Blues", and also due to the energy he displays on tracks like "Tombstone Blues" and "From a Buick 6". Strangely, though, I don't care about the title track, maybe I should listen more frequently to this album.

Post Reply