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Initially I was disappointed to find this is the Mono edition - it's not listed as Mono in the product details. I decided to play it and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's been well remastered and the disc is a heavy flat slab of premium vinyl - why can't they all be this good? The mastering drew my attention to different details in the arrangements and playing. It was the same classic album but I enjoyed the differences in the listening experience. It's a keeper!
Recommended mono vinyl pressing. The 2015 Columbia release, like 'Bringing it all back home' are highly recommended.. it will be interesting to see what the 2018 stereo pressing of 'The Freewheeling Bob Dylan' will sound like.. cannot top these three timeless records..
Music like this is hard to come by these days. A lyrical genius.. Dylan should be heard through the vinyl medium..
I cant fault the album itself. Just hope it helps someone to point out that the vinyl version of this, released on Nov 2015, is actually the MONO recording, 180g, on Legacy Vinyl label from Sony. Nice quality reproduction of original sleeve and record. But as I was hoping for the stereo pressing, I returned mine. It's a shame Amazon don't show any details about this release, and that they don't filter their reviews into different formats.
Bought this for my partner who is a pretty big, if casual, Bob Dylan fan. I wanted to get her an album on vinyl as opposed to a ‘Best Of’ or ‘Greatest Hits’ as I don’t think they translate as well to vinyl as ‘the listening to a whole album experience’ goes or should go anyway. I did a little research and Googling trying to find which is generally as the ‘best’ Dylan album, and this one tended to top or at least be in the top handful of most lists. That surprised me a bit as (as a fellow casual Dylan fan) I only recognised two songs (‘Like a Rolling Stone’ and ‘Desolation Row’) the others I had never heard of and was rather skeptical of this albums’ overall quality because of the lack of ‘hits’ thankfully, the other songs are great too. ‘Tombstone Blues’ especially stands out for me, but trust me when I say ALL the songs are great. This is a perfect, mostly acoustic guitar album you can stick in your vinyl player and either listen to attentively or have in the background as you relax.
Despite lacking the variety and sheer genius of Bring it All Back Home, Highway 61 is still a Masterpiece. It contains some of Dylan's most ambitious song-writing and it shows off his fiery attitude. I particularly love the imagery, humour and commentary on Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues, the song is almost like a novel. Tombstone Blue’s of one of Dylan best rockers. Like a Rolling Stone is pure genius. Desolation Row is a beautiful and through provoking song that justifies it’s running time. I think its sad but incredible that the opening lines “They're selling postcards of the hanging.. the circus is in town” where inspired by lynching of three back men who where accused of raping a white woman in his home town Duluth.
I will say that It Takes a lot to Laugh , it Takes a Train to Cry and From a Buick 6 whilst not bad songs in there own right do feel like filler when compared to the incredibly high standard of the album. Also if you’re new to Dylan this maybe is not the best place to start as the length of some of the songs and the lack of catchy melodies may put some people off but I would still put in my top 5 Dylan Albums.
One of the all-time great Dylan albums - and one of the GREATEST albums of all time! A must have for every serious listener of popular music. Recommend you listen along whilst reading the lyrics - a perfect blend of music (and lets not forget just how significant Dylan's influence on popular music in the early sixties was at the time) and poetry beyond compare! Listen to this cd along with 'Bringing It All Back Home' and 'Blonde On Blonde' and you'll get the picture.
Never a big Bob Dylan fan, suddenly I had an urge to own one of his 'Classic Albums.' But which one? I remember friends in the late 1960's waxing lyrical about Dylan and, if anyone, he was the first true rock god / icon as a solo star, with The Beatles being the band equivalent. But I stayed with Cream, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix, and have pretty much been a 'loud rock' freak ever since, with Motorhead being my life-long penchant. But to scratch this itch or to satisfy this urge, I chose this album for the original version of 'Like A Rolling Stone,' which Jimi made his own on the Monterey Pop stage and the DVD. Just as poignant here with Bob's nasel whine singing those amazing lyrics, and strumming along as only he knows best. And it's his lyrics which everyone did and still do love; a very gifted singer / songwriter, and no serious rock CD collection should be without this diamond. Every track here has become a classic, and deserves the accolades they have earned over the years.