John Wesley Harding is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on December 27, 1967, by Columbia Records. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album marked Dylan's return to semi-acoustic instrumentation and folk-influenced songwriting after three albums of lyrically abstract, blues-indebted rock music. John 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, partly released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes, and released in complete form in 2014 as The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete.
John Wesley Harding was exceptionally well received by critics and sold well, reaching No. 2 on the U.S. charts and topping the UK charts. The commercial performance was considered remarkable considering that Dylan had kept Columbia from releasing the album with much promotion or publicity. Less than three months after its release, John Wesley Harding was certified gold by the RIAA. "All Along the Watchtower" became one of his most popular songs after Jimi Hendrix's rendition was released in the autumn of 1968.
The album was included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings, published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981). In 2003, it was ranked No. 301 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, moving to 303 in the 2012 version of that list.
The album is named after Texas outlaw John Wesley Hardin, whose name was misspelled.
Label: Columbia 88985451691
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Mono
Style: Folk Rock, Country Rock
A1 John Wesley Harding
A2 As I Went Out One Morning
A3 I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
A4 All Along The Watchtower
A5 The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest
A6 Drifter's Escape
B1 Dear Landlord
B2 I Am A Lonesome Hobo
B3 I Pity The Poor Immigrant
B4 The Wicked Messenger
B5 Down Along The Cove
B6 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight