Ironically, I think I was working in news radio when “Highway 61 Revisited – Revisited” was released in 2005, but I don’t remember reading or hearing anything about it. What a deal. (In case you missed it, the original “Highway 61 Revisited” was released by Bob Dylan in 1965 and contained “Like a Rolling Stone” along with several other great tracks.)
Recently, I found a really interesting cover of the title track by Dave Alvin on the various artists Revisited-Revisited release. Try saying that 10 times quickly…maybe even in an Elmer Fudd voice if you like.
Alvin’s take on this Dylan tune is pretty unique. It’s basically a spoken word thing with a trippy musical accompaniment, but I have to say I like it — it’s poetic. I don’t usually pay much attention to “official videos”, but this one is a sort of black and white open road montage. It works for me.
Dylan’s original release is pretty off the wall as well.
Lyrically, this is a good example of why people like Dylan’s writing. You’ve got references to the bible, the welfare department, bleachers in the sun. Again, it’s not only poetic as a whole, but how do you describe the music…funny, raucous, bluesy, funky, unique? I would agree with all of those. The comedic siren whistle is a nice touch.
There are at least 40 other cover versions of this song so I….reserve the right to revisit the already Revisited? Elmer Fudd, out.
Till next time, keep your Mojo on the Horizon!