Saturday, May 08, 2010

The Ten Best Albums of 1966

Number 2

Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan

Released on May 16, 1966

Side One:

1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
2. Pledging My Time
3. Visions of Johanna
4. One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)

Side Two:

1. I Want You
2. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
3. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
4. Just Like a Woman

Side Three:

1. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)
2. Temporary Like Achilles
3. Absolutely Sweet Marie
4. 4th Time Around
5. Obviously 5 Believers

Side Four:

1. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

The second best album of 1966 was released on the very same day as the third best. May 16, 1966 was a momentous day in music history, as it gave us both Pet Sounds and Blonde on Blonde. Coming after Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited in little more than a year, it represented a peak in Dylan’s amazing career. Rainy Day Women and Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat have already made my song list, but there were several other true classics on the album. I Want You and Just Like A Woman were among his biggest singles. Stuck Inside of Mobile was an amazing song filled with one of Dylan’s more colorful cast of characters. Visions of Johanna and Sad Eyed Lady were simply gorgeous and deep on many levels. I also have to recommend the utter coolness of One of Us Must Know and Most Likely You Go Your Way. Incredible lyricism mixed with great tunes, including some fantastic piano work, marks this amongst the greatest albums of all time.


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