Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
This is arguably the single most important album Bob Dylan ever released, and the start of his rock career, fully realizing his transition from the previous half-rock, half acoustic Bringing it all back home. Highway 61 leads to many places, including the blues thematically and geographically, and passes the homes and birthplaces of many blues legends. There really is very little that hasn't been said of this album, it was the start and fulfillment of Dylan's desire to move into new territory and grow. This would probably illicit odd responses from many people but I actually only thought of the implication recently - the effect and similarity of technological advancement when it came to Dylan's music and the change. His mono work is highly regarded by aficionados, and he never really gave a hoot about how people and critics responded to his change; his desire to conclude and follow through was paramount. "This Columbia high fidelity monaural recording is scientifically designed to play with the highest quality of reproduction on the phonograph of your choice, new or old. If you are the owner of a new stereophonic system, this record will play with even more brilliant true-to-life fidelity. In short, you can purchase this record with no fear of its becoming obsolete in the future." Although the wording was company viewpoint, the fear of obsolescence was equally applicable to Dylan. Columbia, 1965.