John Wesley Harding

Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1967 Ratings: #1 / 57
User Score
Based on 167 ratings
1967 Ratings: #24
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December 27, 1967 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Folk Rock / Genres
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Bob Dylan goes back to a more acoustic sound, but instead of the more traditional acoustic folk from his early releases, this album feels more like he's leaning into the country genre. And honestly, him going back to an acoustic sound after three amazing electric rock albums ended up working better than I expected, and when I already had pretty high expectations for this thing to begin with you know that you have something special here.

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It's not as fantastic as his previous three releases were, but I would still say that John Wesley Harding was the last the world ever saw of the folk-rock juggernaut that was 60's Dylan...

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A Masterclass of songwriting, Dylan at the peak of his powers.
Moving towards country

Favorite Tracks: All Along the Watchtower, The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest, John Wesley Harding, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, As I Went Out One Morning, Drifter's Escape, I Pity the Poor Immigrant, Down Along the Cove, Dear Landlord

Least Favorite Tracks: None

Would I Recommend? Yes. This memorable work with its haunting songs has stood the test of time very well.
More toned down and minimalistic compared to Dylan's other and early records, as such this creates an intricate, intimate and complex piece of work. Dylan's lyricism and sweet acoustic production shine brightest here, allowing him to tell stories more softly and beautifully. An underrated work from him for sure.
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Track List


  1. John Wesley Harding
  2. As I Went Out One Morning
  3. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
  4. All Along the Watchtower
  5. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
  6. Drifter's Escape
  7. Dear Landlord
  8. I Am a Lonesome Hobo
  9. I Pity the Poor Immigrant
  10. The Wicked Messenger
  11. Down Along the Cove
  12. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight


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