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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
  2. Talkin' New York
  3. In My Time of Dyin'
  4. Man of Constant Sorrow
  5. Fixin' to Die
  6. Pretty Peggy-O
  7. Highway 51
  8. Gospel Plow
  9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
  10. House of the Risin' Sun
  11. Freight Train Blues
  12. Song to Woody
  13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Disc: 2

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

Disc: 3

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

Disc: 4

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

Disc: 5

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

Disc: 6

  1. Like a Rolling Stone
  2. Tombstone Blues
  3. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
  4. From a Buick 6
  5. Ballad of a Thin Man
  6. Queen Jane Approximately
  7. Highway '61 Revisited
  8. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  9. Desolation Row

Disc: 7

  1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
  2. Pledging My Time
  3. Visions of Johanna
  4. One of Us Must Know
  5. I Want You
  6. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again
  7. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
  8. Just Like a Woman

Disc: 8

  1. Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
  2. Temporary Like Achilles
  3. Absolutely Sweet Marie
  4. 4th Time Around
  5. Obviously 5 Believers
  6. Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

Disc: 9

  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

  • Audio CD (October 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 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
  • Run Time: 387 minutes
  • ASIN: B003XRDYX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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