Bob Dylan - New Morning GAIN 2â„¢ Ultra Analog 180g LP
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Bob Dylan New Morning on Numbered Edition 180g LP
Sublime 1970 Album Among Loosest, Jovial of Dylan's Career
The album might have saved Bob Dylanâ€™s career. At the least, it proved the icon still relevant, and his wits still in tact. And it immediately followed what remains the artistâ€™s biggest disaster, the yet-unexplained and forever puzzling Self Portrait, a nearly unlistenable attempt that caused many to wonder whether Dylan had lost his mind. If intended as a joke, it bombed, making the sublime New Morning all the more important to restore faith in the singerâ€™s creativity and songwriting prowess. It did all this and more, and stands as his finest studio effort during a five-year span.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelityâ€™s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this restored analog version spotlights the open, woozy sound that welcomes wholeheartedly Dylanâ€™s piano, several eager guitars, female background singers, Al Kooperâ€™s organ, and snappy drumming into a world of their own. New Morning remains one of Dylanâ€™s loosest and jovial affairs, the instruments retaining an off-the-cuff sensibility relating to a nightclub atmosphere or live stage feel. On this reissue, notes naturally dangle and fade, allowing the playful vibes and humor to come through like never before. Consequently, the album can be experienced with a new perspective. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.
â€œMany of the songs seem to have been made up on the spot, with confidence in the ability of first-rate musicians to move in any direction at any time,â€ wrote Dylan expert and cultural critic Greil Marcus in his original review for the New York Times. â€œThe riffs, inventions, and studio jams of New Morning have their own personalityâ€¦the full joy of anticipating the right move and the exhilaration of hitting it square and bouncing off a chord into a new lyric.â€ These observations hold true today, for the 1970 effort claims a daring flair Dylan rarely exhibited on albums before or since. Enthusiasm and excitement surround his singing, and his work on the 88s underlines the liberating arrangements. Offbeat and eclectic, the record frolics and swings, with the Bard and his crack band pursuing jazzy steps (â€œSign on the Windowâ€), shuffling spoken-word experiments (â€œIf Dogs Run Freeâ€), and soulful rock (â€œThe Man In Me,â€ used to wonderful and prominent effect in the Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski).
Throughout, Dylanâ€™s phrasing communicates joyousness and simplicity seemingly carried over from the stripped-down John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline. The recordâ€™s dominant sentiments trace to the lead track, â€œIf Not For You,â€ one of the singerâ€™s all-time greatest singles, stitched with country threads and warmth that pervades everything that follows. Yes, New Morning may lack the iconic status of some of Dylanâ€™s better-known records. Yet the underdog stature makes repeat listens all the more rewarding.
Bob Dylan New Morning Track Listing:
1. If Not for You 2. Day of the Locusts 3. Time Passes Slowly 4. Went to See the Gypsy 5. Winterlude 6. If Dogs Run Free 7. New Morning 8. Sign on the Window 9. One More Weekend 10. The Man In Me 11. Three Angels 12. Father of Night