Street Legal

Street Legal

by Bob Dylan


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Arriving after the twin peaks of Blood on the Tracks and Desire, Street Legal features a set of songs with no connecting themes, and Bob Dylan replaced the sprawl of the Rolling Thunder Revue with a slick, professional big band featuring a horn section and several backing vocalists. The interesting thing about this 1978 release is that, despite the music and slick production, the songs are as dense as anything Dylan had written since before his motorcycle accident. So, Street Legal becomes an interesting dichotomy: although the arrangements might discourage close listening, the album is filled with songs that deserve attention. And Street Legal is fascinating for just that reason -- in another setting, these are songs that would have been hailed as near-masterpieces. Consequentially, it's not surprising that, while some consider Street Legal a missed opportunity, there are factions of Dylanphiles that find the album worth the time.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2008
Label: Imports
UPC: 5099751235521
catalogNumber: 900429

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Steven Soles   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy Cross   Guitar
Carolyn Dennis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jo Ann Harris   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
David Mansfield   Guitar,Mandolin,Violin
Alan Pasqua   Keyboards
Jerry Scheff   Bass,Bass Guitar
Helena Springs   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ian Wallace   Drums
Steve Douglas   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Biff Dawes   Engineer
Don DeVito   Producer
Jim Seiter   Engineer
Billy Youdelman   Engineer
Tim Bryant   Art Direction
Doug Field   Engineer
Dennis Mays   Engineer
D. Cooper   Engineer

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Street Legal 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This release is full of great songs yet they don't feel like they belong on the same album. The strongly disjointed nature of this album takes a little away from the enjoyment we ought to feel, but it ultimately does not prevent this from being a very good collection of songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago