Street Legal is Bob Dylan's 18th studio album, released in 1978 by Columbia Records.
The album features a major musical departure for Dylan, who for the first time utilizes a large, pop-rock band, complete with female backing vocalists. Critical reaction was tepid and sometimes hostile, unfavorably comparing the move to more bombastic performers such as Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond. Still, many saw the songs themselves - often vitriolic and personal - standing favorably alongside Dylan's earlier work.
Following the twin successes of Blood on the Tracks and Desire, Street Legal was another gold record for Dylan, but it peaked at only #11 on the US Billboard charts, making it his first studio album to miss the US Top 10 since 1964. However, it became his best-selling studio album in the UK, reaching #2 on the charts (his highest position in eight years) and achieving platinum status with 300,000 copies sold (the only other Dylan album to do this was The Essential Bob Dylan).
In 1999, Street Legal received a special remixing and remastering job from engineer Don DeVito. The newer version boasted richer sound, correcting numerous issues with the original production, and has been used in all subsequent reissues.