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Editorial Reviews

In the year of psychedelia, Dylan bucked the trend with this rootsy classic. All Along the Watchtower is the highlight on an album packed with amazing tracks like I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine; Dear Landlord; The Wicked Messenger , and I'll Be Your Baby Tonight .

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

Product Details

  • Vinyl (May 17, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B0000DG023
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Maybe I've got a tin ear. Or maybe I've got low end equipment. Or maybe I just don't know my posterior from a hole in the ground. But this new remaster sounds fine to me.
I had no idea there were so many people who were unhappy with the sound, but after reading all the negative reviews I thought, maybe I wasn't paying attention. So I listened to both the CD layer and the SACD layer. Loud.
It sounds great! The bass is rich and fat, the harmonica crisp and brilliant. I've been listening to this album for 37 years; to be fair, this recording has some odd characteristics to the sound (particularly the drums). This new remaster certainly doesn't sound worse than the vinyl, and while it may not provide the blow-your-socks off sonic experience of the Highway 61 remaster, I can't detect any problems. Both layers are an improvement over the original CD release.
If you're a true audiophile, maybe it would be a good idea to find a store where you can listen to the disc before buying it. If you own the original CD, there's no urgent need to rush out and buy the hybrid. But if for some reason you find yourself without a copy of one of the great masterpieces of popular music, this edition should do nicely.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is unquestionably one of Dylan's best albums, the last one before people started realizing in the 60s that yes, he was a fallible human being just like the rest of us. Groundbreaking, timely, humble, etc. etc.
The problem with the reissue is not so much the poor mix. The reissue is faithful to the original mix, which was perverse on one specific point to begin with, most likely at the behest of Mr. Zimmerman, or Mr. Johnston, or both. Bass and drums? A bit low, but acceptable. Vocals? Solidly centered. Stereo separation? Not generally obtrusive. Harmonica? Mixed forward to the point of a piercing klaxon, practically eliminating the possibility of enjoying what is a sublime masterpiece owing to the cringe factor in anticipating another interruption from the proverbial mouth harp of doom. Why, gentlemen, why?
The real problem was that no one at Sony realized that they had a perfect opportunity to correct this situation. A new mix, with drums and bass increased and harmonica generously decreased would have turned the album into what it should be, a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience. Considering their excellent work on various other reissue projects, such as the Byrds' reissues, the notable Armstrong Complete Hot Fives and Sevens box, and the beautiful Lady Day box, it's a shame that they didn't ask the right questions on this particular Dylan reissue.
So Sony, please don't blow it on Springsteen, Sly and the Family Stone, and the other remastering projects you may have in the pipeline.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Bob Dylan album, and I admit that I may be a bit more sensitive to the mix than some, but my my my - this remix is just awful. It's not 'just' a bad mix - it is so unbalanced that it nearly borders on unprofessional.

For example, "John Wesley Harding," the song, is totally overpowered by the bass and drums. The acoustic guitar is mixed way too low and nearly disappears completely at times, especially during the harmonica solo. And on the LP and first edition CD, the drums on "All Along the Watchtower" really crack, but in the remix, they are mixed far too low and sound like cardboard. If the whole remix was too bass-heavy, or too drum-light, you could figure they had some particular issue in the studio. But the bad mix is not just inconsistent with the original LP, it's inconsistent with ITSELF! It just doesn't make any sense.
As if that wasn't enough, the sound is very peaky and sometimes even distorted. It's as if they tried to preserve the levels of the original mix without compensating for the increased fidelity of the format and without sending it through the same limiters that they used first time around. It sounds like they processed the mix through a very 'digital' sounding reverb. And some of the bass distortion may be on the master tape, it's true, but when you pump up it up in the mix, and then give it a nice crisp remastering - you gotta shake your head and wonder.
There are usually only three instruments playing at a time (acoustic guitar, bass, drums, plus the occasional piano and steel guitar) with vocals and harmonica. How hard is it to properly mix three instruments together? Seriously, did anyone at Columbia listen to this remix before they released it?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Props to Sony. After waiting 15+ years for a nicely (or even acceptable) remastered version of this exceptional album, we are treated to a John Wesley Harding with buried guitars & piano, an EXTREMELY shrill-sounding harmonica (NOT Bob's fault), and a truly inconsistent mix. I understand that this may have been a rush
job, that they had a deadline to meet for these SACDs, but then one has to realize that the've had YEARS to work on this title. Obviously Bob is a low priority. If there is no recall on this cd, I will never buy a Sony product again.
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