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The Best of The Original Mono Recordings

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  • Audio CD (October 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B0041OJ0WU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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1. Song to Woody (2010 mono version)
2. Blowin' in The Wind (2010 mono version)
3. The Times They Are A-Changin' (2010 mono version)
4. Chimes of Freedom (2010 mono version)
5. It Ain't Me Babe (2010 mono version)
6. Subterranean Homesick Blues (2010 mono version)
7. Mr. Tambourine Man (2010 mono version)
8. Like a Rolling Stone (2010 mono version)
9. Tombstone Blues (2010 mono version)
10. Positively 4th Street (2010 mono version)
11. Rainy Day Women #'s 12 & 35(2010 mono version)
12. Just Like a Woman (2010 mono version)
13. I Want You (2010 mono version)
14. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (2010 mono version)
15. All Along The Watchtower (2010 mono version)

Editorial Reviews

2010 collection that contains the best tracks culled from the mono editions of his first eight albums. This release compiles the best of Dylan's early recordings as they were originally meant to be heard: in mono. 15 tracks.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Sampling of Dylan in Mono October 19, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Apparently Amazon is waiting until next week to ship my Dylan Mono box set, so I bought this today for a sneak-peak. It's every bit as good as I had anticipated.

The mono sound on this disc is solidly perfect. The first 5 tracks, a sampling of Dylan's earlier, predominately acoustic work, have the perfect balance between vocals, guitar, and harmonica. The sonic balance is much better than the old harshly-panned stereo mixes.

Track number 6, Subterranean Homesick Blues, is the turning point on this disc; this is where the mono sound really kicks into high gear. Electric Dylan in mono is, well, electrifying. Like a Rolling Stone is more powerful, and Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 has a lot more punch than the stereo mix.

There are parallels between this release of Dylan's catalog and The Beatles' Mono Box Set. Both have been carefully remastered from the original mono mixes, and the resulting sound is pristine. Thankfully, neither has fallen prey to the 'Loudness Wars' like so many other 60's and 70's remasters. Dylan, like The Beatles, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, and others focused predominately on the mono mixes up until the late 1960's.

For stereo aficionados, the hi-res DTS sound on the stereo SACDs is unbeatable. The only problem is that the SACD format never really caught on, so portability is next to non-existent. I can only listen to my SACDs at home on my no-longer-manufactured SACD player.

Not surprisingly, this CD comes with a brief 10-page booklet with a few photos, an essay about vynil and how important mono was, and basic track notes.

To me, it's an easy pick: given the choice between hearing Dylan in regular (non-DTS) stereo and mono, I would take mono in a heartbeat. It's simply that good.

This disc is a great sampling of Dylan in mono, but when it was over I wanted more. Even casual Dylan fans are probably going to want to get the Mono Box Set.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sampler of the mono versions October 23, 2010
By jrc
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This single disc hits the high points of the Mono remasters. It also includes the mono version of "Positively 4th Street," which is not included in the Mono box set. Box set owners should not despair....Sony gives you a code which allows you to download mp3 versions (termed "High Quality")of the entire box set PLUS "4th Street."

This disc would be great for someone just discovering Dylan and diehards who are on a budget (box set is currently selling for $103 here on Amazon, with MSRP of $130).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to save some money. February 2, 2014
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This is for both the hardcore fan, the curious, and the up and coming Dylan fan. This is how we heard these songs back in the 1960's on our mono record players. The advantage is it doesn't have all the skips and pops the records developed from repeated play, dropped needles, and other abuses we threw upon our records. This won't change your point of view on any of the songs. "Like A Rolling Stone" is still fresh and alive in it's mono voice, "Mr. Tambourine Man" is enchanting, and I'm sure you have your favorites. To save yourself some money, I'd buy this album……oops….I mean CD…..or download….or whatever it is these days, and enjoy the music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not quite perfect, but still November 3, 2010
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This is a most welcome album. Finally, mono digital recordings of Bob Dylan's early songs! And an excellent selection of songs too; covering every phase of his output up through the album JOHN WESLEY HARDING. Almost every song here is a better digital recording than you will get anywhere else (except of course the full mono albums themselves). One of the rare exceptions, actually, is also one of the bigger disappointments. This mono version of "Like A Rolling Stone" does not compare well with the version on the, now out of print, DCC release of HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED, which was remastered, in stereo, in the early 1990s by Steve Hoffman. That stereo version of "Like A Rolling Stone" crackles with power. It is clear, crisp, and overwhelming. This mono version is more average; not bad, just average. I did not actually expect this to be the case, so have now listened to both versions, back to back, twice at home and twice in my car. Steve Hoffman's stereo version wins, and it is not even close.

Okay, so that's the bad news. The good news is that every other song here is better in mono. In the case of "Mr. Tambourine Man" this is particularly true. It has never been better! The mono version makes the stereo version sound primitive. The recording is smooth and steady, with Dylan's singing warm and clear. Bravo!

Every Dylan fan will want this disc -- unless they are buying the entire mono box set.

P.S. I do not have a copy of the 2003 remastering of "Like A Rolling Stone." Thus cannot compare to this mono.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD TEASER FOR THE MONO BOX SET October 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD
60 minutes in length approximately. The sound is clean and warm. The booklet contains some of Greil Marcus' writing from the mono box set. Listed are song titles, album/release dates, and a list of musicians who played on each track. The photographs in this booklet are taken from those in the box set. The song, heard here, "Positively 4th Street", is not found on the box set.

Just a quick overview of this teaser set in mono. This is a fine sampler of the aural treasures found on the bigger set. For someone wanting to hear what all the hoop-la's about concerning Dylan's albums in mono, this will give you a good indication of the wonderful sounding albums in the box set. The tracks are judiciously chosen, but by virtue of being a sampler "best of", many, many songs aren't here. But if this set whets your appetite for the whole collection of (arguably) Dylan's best work, you'll need to hear all the albums in glorious monophonic sound.

Much like THE BEATLES mono box set, the sound approaches the original mono vinyl albums of years past. While I like the remastered stereo Dylan albums, I always held out with the hope of someday hearing these albums in well mastered mono. No left/right channels to break up the sound, no balance problems when listening-just pure balanced sound from the speakers. These mono tracks are close to what I would hear on my original mono albums so many years ago.

For those of a certain age, you'll know what I'm talking about. For those who weren't around in the beginning, this will be a real ear-opener. The power of Dylan's voice (especially) and guitar are here in great clarity- different from the stereo versions. When Dylan is playing with a band, the various instruments have a purity of sound not found on the stereo tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the 60's all over again!
These recordings are nothing short of great.
Nothing over produced or over edited; only over the top for their pure sonic quality. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wish You Were Here
4.0 out of 5 stars Accoustic dylan in mono is better
This cd is a excellent compilation . The song chimes of freedom should have been replaced for my back pages . you can just junk rainy day women. Read more
Published 22 months ago by a customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Immensely Enjoyable CD
A real treat. I had a copy of the Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits album as a teenager, but sold it when I needed money. I'd planned unsucessfully to replace it for years. Read more
Published on June 21, 2012 by Raven
3.0 out of 5 stars Great nostalgia, but not especially great sound
I've read the first ten reviews here and am in complete agreement with the unparalleled genius of Bobby Z. I own most everything he's ever put on vinyl ... Read more
Published on February 23, 2011 by Geoff L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Way, way better than the old greatest hits album
This is a great selection, the mono is nice, i found a few songs stronger in their stereo versions, but mostly the mono versions are great. Read more
Published on December 4, 2010 by endsng
5.0 out of 5 stars why this is an indispensable buy
I have always maintained that dylan is the greatest artist that ever graced this earth.But this is not about my view on dylan, rather why,after so many compilations,best of's and... Read more
Published on November 18, 2010 by Nico Jagga
5.0 out of 5 stars Mono, finally!!
Love the mono recordings. This disc prompted me to go ahead and buy the mono box set. One of my best music purchases of the year.
Published on November 15, 2010 by San Diego Librarian
Published on November 10, 2010 by Jimmy G
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Dylan...nuf said. Corpus Christi, Tx
Great sounding music. I heard Dylan in California in the mid sixties, before anybody in Texas knew who he was. Read more
Published on November 10, 2010 by Mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars "Great Classics From Mono Recordings!"
This is a great compilation of classics of mono recordings by the legendary folk rocker Bob Dylan titled, "The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings, Box Set 1962 - 1967". Read more
Published on October 27, 2010 by M. Mariba
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Nice to see the MONO version of Postively 4th Street on here but...
My box set came with a digital download of all the mono cds and Positively 4th street in mono...not sure if it's only through Bob Dylan or all box sets will have that.
Oct 16, 2010 by Andrew Chapman |  See all 4 posts
Glad to see this but here's hoping the CDs get individual releases
Could'nt agree more with your choices, but I read somewhere recently that these will not be sold separately.
Sep 21, 2010 by BIGBEAT |  See all 11 posts
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