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Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (CBS, 1966)

Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, 2004

RADICAL AND then some: a double album in ‘66, with a blurred vertical Bob running horizontally across the sleeve and Nashville sessionmen playing behind a bird’s-nest-headed speedfreak. Blonde is everything it was supposed to be – Highway 61 times two, with raw blues routines giving way to flowing ruminations such as "Visions of Johanna" and "One of Us Must Know". Call it what you will – country punk, amphetamine folk, automatic rock’n’roll poetry – Blonde was the last of a sequence of mid-‘60s electric masterpieces that made Dylan a deity.

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