Essential. This is 1960s Dylan at his peak, possessed by so many ideas that these 14 songs don't quite seem enough to contain them. Just check out "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again" - millions of other songwriters would write 10 songs, or more, if presented with a flash of inspiration like that. Outside of that, there's the romantic and upbeat "I Want You", the tender "Just Like A Woman", the rousing "Sooner or Later (One of Us Must Know)", "Visions of Johanna", "4th Time Around", "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" - classics one and all. Blonde on Blonde isn't quite Dylan's finest moment, but if you aren't yet acquainted with the work of this phenomenal, mercurial talent, it is where your collection should start.
Of all of Bob Dylan's 1960's albums, this is his most blues inspired album and a lot of these songs are great blues tracks that could be put up there with many of the greats. Everyone knows that Dylan is a great songwriter, but I was struck by the great blending of different sounds and instrumentation on this album. Song of after song this best and most consistent harmonica playing I've ever heard, without going overboard. Blues Traveler should take note. The only downside with the album is its length which can somewhat hinder the enjoyably of listening to it.