“with electric back-up band”

His fourth album “Another side of Bob Dylan” has no protest songs because of his music style was changing. And his next album, called Bringing It All Back Home was greatly changed from Folk music style to Folk-Rock style. From those days, Bob played own music with electric back-up band. Bringing It All Back Home often considered first Folk-Rock album in the world. And the first song of this album, Subterranean Homesick Blues was used in what became one of the first music clips in the world. And from this album, “Mr. Tambourine Man” was covered by “The Byrds” and became his first top song of his songs on Billboard chart. So I think this album is very important album in his musical career.

After protest folk period,  Bob often taken some drugs since about 1964. And those days, he deepen exchanged with some British rock-bands (The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and so on) and he spread drugs to The Beatles. It’s experiences influenced The Beatles‘s music style.

Now his Folk-Rock style album “Bringing It All Back Home” was considered to one of the greatest album in popular music, however, in those days, this style was not audience’s expectancy. So sometimes he got hoot and booing from his audience during his performance. However he kept playing Rock music with his  electric back-up band “The Hawks” (“The Hawks” was renamed “The Band” after a few years), and he released next album, called “Highway 61 Revisited”. This album is one of his most famous album, and his style is more Rock than “Bringing It All Back Home”. And this album has many great rock songs. “Like a Rolling Stone” won the top of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine. I think it is very fantastic. And the last song, “Desolation Row” is also great. It was ranked number 185 of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine. So this album often considered one of the most important rock album in the world by people.
In 1966, Bob Dylan released his seventh album “Blonde on Blonde”. Bob also succeed with this album. And this album was also getting big hit. Especially, from this album, “Just Like Women” was ranked number 33 of “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine. In those period, I think Bob Dylan was in golden age in his career, however, on 29 Jul. 1966, Dylan crashed in Woodstock, New York. And he injured and it was long rest. So his golden age, “with electric back-up band” is ended with this motorcycle accident.

During this period, Bob was released 3 albums and he got 2 platinum discs (“Bringing It All Back Home” and “Highway 61 Revisited”) and 1 double platinum (“Blonde on Blonde” ). In this period, he was changing own protest folk style to electric music style and he often got blamed by his audiences. However he built a big success with those Folk-Rock music. So I think this age is also one of the his golden ages in his musical career.

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