Shakespeare, he’s in the alley

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

April 21

BoB1966: Bob Dylan’s LP Blonde on Blonde is released in the U.S. It completes a trilogy of astoundingly great LPs, following Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisisted. Blonde on Blonde is considered by some to be the greatest rock album ever, period. Recording begins in New York in late 1965 then moves to Nashville in February and March of 1966. The track list includes Rainy Day Women #12 and #35, Absolutely Sweet Marie, I Want You and Visions of Johanna. Visions of Johanna has perhaps the greatest opening line ever: “Ain’t it just like the night / to play tricks when you’re tryin’ to be so quiet.” My personal favorite song on this personally favorite album, however, is Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again. Here I sit so patiently . . .

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