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The Original Mono Recordings
LP (12" album, 33 rpm), 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 pressed at RTI on the highest quality 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Also included are reproductions of the original LP artwork, including inner sleeve art and original inserts, all in heavyweight, wrapped jackets. Also includes beautiful 12x12” book with new liner notes, rare photos, memorabilia and more!
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
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Most people are so used to the stereo versions they probably don't realize mono is essential for at least the first couple records, and most people prefer it for the brunt of his early career captured on these discs. I can dig the stereo versions for a couple of the later records, but for his debut and the couple that followed after this is all you will ever need.
Discs come in nice digipacks with a solidly designed paper sleeve. No rice paper like the Beatles Mono set and no plastic covers for the digipacks. But the set is fairly cheap, and otherwise is a top notch quality set with a good booklet.
I looked at two sets because one was damaged, and they had slightly different color temps on some of the artwork. One was slightly colder than the other. Not really sure if the vinyls were like that back in the day with the different presses. Other than that I can't say much except to say this is a great and decently priced set at the time of my purchase.
Note, a single CD set has been created from this package; it does not include the most impressively different tracks and it includes a track not found on the albums: Positively Fourth Street.
I am throwing away my old stereo CDs. I'll never play them again.
The booklet very usefully lists the musicians for every track.
If you love these albums, you'll love these pressings and booklet. I'm happy I splurged.
I'd also like to comment about the packaging. My box was also shipped in a stupid padded envelope. Thankfully nothing was harmed - but that thanks probably goes to the post office. The same day I received another package from amazon, this time nicely boxed with inflatable plastic to cushion the enclosed item - a 15 dollar printer cartridge that came in its own box. Like I say, my item arrived in perfect shape, and I also didn't have the trouble that some here have reported with the bonus Brandeis disc. It was adhered with glue dots but CD and dots came off without leaving any residue. Still, I've got to ask - Why has Amazon singled the Dylan box out for such indifferent packaging?