The Book of Revelation looms large on John Wesley Harding

27 Dec

The Book of Revelation looms large on John Wesley Harding. The album’s best-know track, “All along the Watchtower” (of Jimi Hendrix fame) begins with the ominous rationalization, “There must be someway out of here,” but there is no way out of here.

John Wesley Harding is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan,[1] released in December 1967 by Columbia Records. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album marked Dylan’s return to acoustic music and traditional roots, after three albums of electric rock musicJohn Wesley Harding shares many stylistic threads with, and was recorded around the same time as, the prolific series of home recording sessions with The Band, finally released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes.

The track durations cited here are those of the remastered version released September 16, 2003, and re-released June 1, 2004. Previous versions differ.

All songs written by Bob Dylan.

Side one
  1. John Wesley Harding” – 2:58
  2. As I Went Out One Morning” – 2:49
  3. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” – 3:53
  4. All Along the Watchtower” – 2:31
  5. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest” – 5:35
  6. Drifter’s Escape” – 2:52
Side two
  1. “Dear Landlord” – 3:16
  2. I Am a Lonesome Hobo” – 3:19
  3. “I Pity the Poor Immigrant” – 4:12
  4. The Wicked Messenger” – 2:02
  5. Down Along the Cove” – 2:23
  6. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” – 2:34

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1968 Billboard 200 2
1968 UK Top 75 1

Personnel

Additional musicians
Technical personnel

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