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Released: Dec. 27, 1967

Rating: 4.175 (average of 18 ratings)

Genre: folk rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  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


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart 1 13

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • All Along the Watchtower
  • I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan
“Bob Dylan returned from exile with John Wesley Harding, a quiet, country-tinged album that split dramatically from his previous three. A calm, reflective album, John Wesley Harding strips away all of the wilder tendencies of Dylan's rock albums — even the then-unreleased Basement Tapes he made the previous year — but it isn't a return to his folk roots. If anything, the album is his first serious foray into country, but only a handful of songs, such as I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, are straight country songs. Instead, John Wesley Harding is informed by the rustic sound of country, as well as many rural myths, with seemingly simple songs like All Along the Watchtower, I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, and The Wicked Messenger revealing several layers of meaning with repeated plays. Although the lyrics are somewhat enigmatic, the music is simple, direct, and melodic, providing a touchstone for the country-rock revolution that swept through rock in the late '60s” (Erlewine).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.