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The Original Mono Recordings Box set

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This box collects Bob Dylan’s first eight 12-inch LPs, his albums from Bob Dylan in 1962 to John Wesley Harding in 1968, as most people heard them, as they were expected to be heard, and as most often they were meant to be heard: in mono. --- Greil Marcus, taken from the liner notes of Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings

Bob Dylan’s first 8 studio albums in mono for the first time ever on CD:
Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
The Time They Are A-Changin'
Another Side Of Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home
Highway 61 Revisited
Blonde On Blonde
John Wesley Harding

-Each CD housed in heavy, wrapped LP-replica jackets with reproductions of original inner sleeves and inserts
-60 pages
-Rigid slipcase to hold the 8 jackets and book

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You're No Good (2010 mono version)
  2. Talkin' New York (2010 mono version)
  3. In My Time Of Dyin' (2010 mono version)
  4. Man Of Constant Sorrow (2010 mono version)
  5. Fixin' To Die (2010 mono version)
  6. Pretty Peggy-O (2010 mono version)
  7. Highway 51 (2010 mono version)
  8. Gospel Plow (2010 mono version)
  9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (2010 mono version)
  10. House Of The Risin' Sun (2010 mono version)
  11. Freight Train Blues (2010 mono version)
  12. Song To Woody (2010 mono version)
  13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (2010 mono version)

Disc: 2

  1. Blowin' In The Wind (2010 mono version)
  2. Girl From The North Country (2010 mono version)
  3. Masters Of War (2010 mono version)
  4. Down The Highway (2010 mono version)
  5. Bob Dylan's Blues (2010 mono version)
  6. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (2010 mono version)
  7. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (2010 mono version)
  8. Bob Dylan's Dream (2010 mono version)
  9. Oxford Town (2010 mono version)
  10. Talkin' World War III Blues (2010 mono version)
  11. Corrina, Corrina (2010 mono version)
  12. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance (2010 mono version)
  13. I Shall Be Free (2010 mono version)

Disc: 3

  1. The Times They Are A-Changin' (2010 mono version)
  2. Ballad Of Hollis Brown (2010 mono version)
  3. With God On Our Side (2010 mono version)
  4. One Too Many Mornings (2010 mono version)
  5. North Country Blues (2010 mono version)
  6. Only A Pawn In Their Game (2010 mono version)
  7. Boots Of Spanish Leather (2010 mono version)
  8. When The Ship Comes In (2010 mono version)
  9. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll (2010 mono version)
  10. Restless Farewell (2010 mono version)

Disc: 4

  1. All I Really Want To Do (2010 mono version)
  2. Black Crow Blues (2010 mono version)
  3. Spanish Harlem Incident (2010 mono version)
  4. Chimes Of Freedom (2010 mono version)
  5. I Shall Be Free No. 10 (2010 mono version)
  6. To Ramona (2010 mono version)
  7. Motorpsycho Nitemare (2010 mono version)
  8. My Back Pages (2010 mono version)
  9. I Don't Believe You (2010 mono version)
  10. Ballad In Plain D (2010 mono version)
  11. It Ain't Me Babe (2010 mono version)

Disc: 5

  1. Subterranean Homesick Blues (2010 mono version)
  2. She Belongs To Me (2010 mono version)
  3. Maggie's Farm (2010 mono version)
  4. Love Minus Zero/No Limit (2010 mono version)
  5. Outlaw Blues (2010 mono version)
  6. On The Road Again (2010 mono version)
  7. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream (2010 mono version)
  8. Mr. Tambourine Man (2010 mono version)
  9. Gates Of Eden (2010 mono version)
  10. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (2010 mono version)
  11. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (2010 mono version)

Disc: 6

  1. Like A Rolling Stone (2010 mono version)
  2. Tombstone Blues (2010 mono version)
  3. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (2010 mono version)
  4. From A Buick 6 (2010 mono version)
  5. Ballad Of A Thin Man (2010 mono version)
  6. Queen Jane Approximately (2010 mono version)
  7. Highway '61 Revisited (2010 mono version)
  8. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (2010 mono version)
  9. Desolation Row (2010 mono version)

Disc: 7

  1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (2010 mono version)
  2. Pledging My Time (2010 mono version)
  3. Visions Of Johanna (2010 mono version)
  4. One Of Us Must Know (2010 mono version)
  5. I Want You (2010 mono version)
  6. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (2010 mono version)
  7. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (2010 mono version)
  8. Just Like A Woman (2010 mono version)

Disc: 8

  1. Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine (2010 mono version)
  2. Temporary Like Achilles (2010 mono version)
  3. Absolutely Sweet Marie (2010 mono version)
  4. 4th Time Around (2010 mono version)
  5. Obviously 5 Believers (2010 mono version)
  6. Sad Eyed Lad

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B003XRDYX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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The mono recordings: If you're a Dylan fan, these mono recordings are essential, absolutely. Dylan's early "solo" albums always sounded pretty awkward in stereo, the only available format when i was "coming up" ten years removed from the 1960's Dylan. Not until i started finding mono records in used bins did i really begin to appreciate early Dylan. Jazz and rock mono recordings from the 50s and the 60s have a wholly different sound and present a wholly different aural vision, so to speak, than stereo. The best examples i can think of to illustrate this point are mono editions of Coleman's "Shape of Jazz To Come" in which, without stereo separation, you can really get a sense of the sonic sculptures Coleman was creating with his music, or Cream's "Disraeli Gears", Jefferson Airplane's "Surrealistic Pillow", "Paperback Writer", and the Stones' early singles and the mono edition of "Let It Bleed", in each of which the music is, compared to their stereo counterparts, much more forcefully propelled from the speakers because of the monolithic assault perpetrated by the unseparated sound: cutting guitars, booming basses, thundering drums all competing against each other to be heard, and the listener often gets an image of almost violent pushing and shoving to be heard bordering on chaos, but--in the hands of capable engineers--so properly balanced that something greater than the sum of its parts erupts and cascades from the speakers. And if that ain't rock and roll, what the hell is?!? Same goes for Dylan's "rock" albums. Most simply stated, as Greil Marcus points out in the booklet accompanying the discs, they were recorded to be heard in mono.

Sound quality: Wonderful!
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By Andrew on October 26, 2010
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I must admit that I was skeptical about this set when I first heard about its upcoming release. It seemed to me that Columbia was cashing in on the success of the Beatles' mono set last year. My doubt arose from the fact that, unlike the Beatles (especially McCartney), Bob has always been one to favor the spirit of the moment in recording, and never one to look back. That said, I am not convinced that he had the patience to sit through the extensive trial and error required to create these mono mixes (which is what Columbia wanted us to believe).

However, I decided to give the "Best Of" disc a shot. Upon my first listen when it arrived last week, I became convinced of the value of this release and decided to go with the whole set. Even though Bob probably had little to do with the original production (aside from providing notes in response to an acetate copy of "Blonde on Blonde" while on tour in '66), it is worth giving ample credit to Hammond, Halee, Johnston, etc. for their efforts to present his work so well.

I would say that the mono mix of "Freewheelin'" alone justifies the purchase of this set. The subtle expressive nuances in Bob's voice are much more upfront when juxtaposed directly against the downstroke of his guitar. And it is also nice to hear Bob's spontaneous vocal asides during the harmonica breaks in "Bob Dylan's Blues" uninterrupted by the engineer trying to keep up on the panning dials!

Other highlights include the warmth of Bob's Nick Lucas Special in "Mr.
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Nine discs which follow the original vinyl releases. The sound is warm and clean, with good sonic separation. Each disc is housed in a very substantial cardboard reproduction of the original album jacket. Inside is a paper sleeve (first album, "Bob Dylan", only) that reproduces ads ("The Sound of Songs...Stereo...Bands...Jazz...Dancing...Fun...on Columbia Records") for other (then current) Columbia Records artists-a nice touch. The album "The Times They Are A-Changin'" has a lyric sheet insert that's a continuation of the lyrics, printed on the back of the album cover. The remaining paper sleeves don't have this artwork. All discs are housed in a substantial cardboard slipcase. The 56 page booklet contains an overview of Dylan and his career (by noted Dylan writer/critic Greil Marcus) up through the last of these releases. Included is an album by album chronology, with song titles/dates, and musicians on each album, plus a list of album/singles release dates beginning in 1962 up through 1967. There's also many new photos of Dylan-in both color and b&w. The bonus disc, "Bob Dylan In Concert Brandeis University 1963" is approximately 38 minutes in length, and has pretty good sound. There's a bit of echo to Dylan's voice, but overall, the recording is very worthwhile. The disc is in a cardboard jacket which, on the back, uses a reproduction of a ticket stub from the concert, with a list of the songs and other interesting concert information-another nice touch. There's also a digital download that has the song "Positively 4th Street" (in mono) as a bonus-that can be found on the single album of tracks taken from this box set.

I came to Dylan, through a friend, somewhere in the summer of "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" in 1963.
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What is the MP3s download resolution included with Bob Dylan The...
320 kbps, 44.1 khz. All 8 albums with artwork plus "Positively 4th Street." Be sure that you have a good connection, and that your hard drive won't go to sleep during the download, as it is a one-time use code. 320 is more than good enough for mono.
Nov 9, 2010 by Roane Gaddy |  See all 3 posts
Sundazed vs. Sony?
The Sundazed issue of "Blonde on Blonde" played a hair slow. The Sony set plays at A = 440, which makes the songs feel more natural.
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where is everybody?
I'm pretty darn excited for this. We don't have the 2003/4 remastered Dylan album in shops here in Australia (although I've got a couple as imports), so it'll be great to have his best work in it's best mix.

I'm particualrly looking forward to Freewheelin' (guitar, harmonic, and vocals all in... Read More
Aug 28, 2010 by Andréas |  See all 13 posts
For everyone who got this without the replica inner sleeves.
Will they send the Sleeves?
Nov 12, 2010 by Peter Burbank |  See all 10 posts
Is this still a limited edition set?
As limited as The Beatles' mono set.
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