Dylan went to Nashville during a creative peak that resulted in monumental recording
"I was going at a tremendous speed... at the time of my Blonde on Blonde album," Bob Dylan told Rolling Stone editor and publisher Jann S. Wenner in 1969. On Blonde on Blonde, all the tension and angst of Highway 61 Revisited and Bringing It All Back Home were blown wide open to reveal pure freedom. It's rock's first double-album monument, where the distance between Dylan's imagination and his music collapsed entirely: "The closest I ever got to the sound I hear in my mind," he famously said, "that thin, that wild mercury sound." With its chain-lightning mix of rock & roll, novelty music, surrealist ballads, Chicago blues and psychedelic country, its peels of lyrical invention and epic song lengths, Blonde on Blonde might seem like the kind of work that involved long-term contemplation.