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The Original Mono Recordings [Box set]

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  • Audio CD (October 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 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 (73 customer reviews)
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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

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars of discs and sleeves October 26, 2010
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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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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bob in Mono October 26, 2010
Format:Audio CD
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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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DYLAN IN BEAUTIFUL , SUBTLE, YET POWERFUL MONO SOUND October 19, 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Dylan You Will Love This Set
This is the way Bob Dylan's classic albums should be heard. Like the Beatles, the artists in the 1960's focused on the mono mixes of their music because that is how the mass... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Donald Scarinci
5.0 out of 5 stars “…Once Was A True Love Of Mine…” – The Original Mono Recordings by BOB...
A hairs-breath away from perfection (where's those missing 7" single side?) - nonetheless this exceptional Columbia Box Set along with EMI's stellar work on The Beatles In Mono... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think twice, It's all right
I'm quite impressed by this set. Everything is very nicely pressed with the original inserts, sounds great on my turntable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by iblackmovement
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fine masterings, but do be sure you actually like this music...
I suppose these are deathless masterworks, and in fact the masterings are fabulous, but you really can't go home again, in this case back to my teenage bedroom when I first heard... Read more
Published 2 months ago by 3rd Day Believer
5.0 out of 5 stars This was great thanks!
The Original Mono Recordings were all in great condition and had a great sound on the record player. Read more
Published 6 months ago by carly
5.0 out of 5 stars The music comes alive in the original mix.
I gulped and splurged for these, hoping they would be very good. They're great! Not only is this the original, real mix that the young Dylan made, but his voice and every... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Uncle Willie
5.0 out of 5 stars Get It
I've had all these LPs in stereo since 1975 and loved them all, bought the CDs when they came out and, well, they are OK. The recordings never seemed particularly great. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Mono Dylan
This tuff is great for those out there that want to hear what he submitted to his
Publishing company way back when. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Asa Pace
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo
Casting the nostalgia of listening to these records in the mono mix just like I first heard them on funky 60's era "record players", the mono box set gets high marks from... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steve Snyder
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't wait another day to hear these great records as they were meant...
If you like the early recordings of Dylan, this set really is not optional. While one could argue the relative merits of a stereo vs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by D. V. Beck
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Mono - is this a critical/essential as the Beatles mono disks?
I would disagree with Mr. Mustard. While the first four of Dylan's album's were, basically, a solo affair ( the mono mix being almost identical to most listeners) the remaining four had a much better balanced stereo mix than The Beatles albums from the same period. Sadly, the high-resolution... Read More
Sep 1, 2010 by Michael Hicks |  See all 76 posts
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 waxtomcat |  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.
Nov 23, 2010 by Andrew M. Bland |  See all 2 posts
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
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