The high points are among the greatest of Bob's career ("A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," "Masters of War," "Girl from the North Country," "Blowin' in the Wind") but it's terminally overlong and some of the songs that try to be humorous are excruciating. I think Another Side of Bob Dylan is considerably better.
I would never the deny the power and rich timber of Bob's voice on this album, and I was delighted and spellbound by it when first getting into him, but man are there a lot of "throwaway" songs. Don't get me wrong, they're all fun and charming and nice to hear when the record's playing, but compare the weakest song here with, I don't know, You Angel You, or True Love Tends to Forget, or Gonna Change My Way of Thinking, or even Lenny Bruce. Seems to me that Dylan was a *far* more accomplished artist on the whole come the '70s and on into the early '80s. And it's not like the massive and rightly-celebrated heights here aren't matched by later masterpieces, either. Hmm. It's pretty amazing that an album that so impressed me at first could come to seem bordering on paltry later, and only by comparison with the same artist's later work!