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Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde 180g 45RPM 3LP Box Set
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde 180g 45RPM 3LP Box Set

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"That Thin, That Wild Mercury Sound:" Dylan's Ground-Shaking 1966 Double LP Sent Tremors Throughout the World

Blonde on Blonde: A double album that transcends time, defies space, suspends reality, and looks through the human soul and tells the listener characteristics about themselves they didn't know. Professor Sean Wilentz, historian-in-residence for Bob Dylan's Web site, comes as close to summing up its brilliance in his superb Bob Dylan In America as any who've tried: "The songs are rich meditations on desire, frailty, promises, boredom, hurt, envy, connections, missed connections, paranoia, and transcendent beauty – in short, the lures and snare of love, stock themes of rock and pop music, but written with a powerful literary imagination and played out in a pop netherworld." No lie.

As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, we are thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the master tapes and pressing it on 45RPM LPs at RTI. We feel that the end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of Blonde on Blonde ever produced. Forever renowned for what the Bard deemed "that thin, that wild mercury sound," the album's famed aural character lives and breathes on this superb version, with wider and deeper grooves affording playback of previously buried information and lifelike presentation of the studio sessions.

Prized for a unique sound that cultural critic Greil Marcus tagged "the most glamorous record imaginable; listening you [can] see the checkered jester's suit Dylan had worn on stage for the nine previous, furious months," Blonde on Blonde is to music, production, prose, and performance as what hydrogen is to water. The secret to its inimitable aural character partially stems from Dylan's request in Nashville to producer Bob Johnston to remove the baffles from the studio room, allowing the musicians to interact as well as the music to assume a more organic quality that drifts from one microphone to another.

The story of Blonde on Blonde is almost as compelling as the music within. Dylan, frustrated with how initial attempts fared in New York, relocating to Tennessee and pairing with Nashville's top session players as well as members of what would become the Band, feverishly chasing perfectionism while also arriving at an on-the-fly feel that remains a reference point for recorded music. The Bard sweated over lyrics, demanded his band get the exact sounds he heard in his head, and limited most takes to a handful at most. A majority of songs were recorded long after midnight, the post-A.M. vibe reflected in the nocturnal aura, woozy optimism, inversion of intervals, and spiritual soulfulness of the playing.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Fantastic July 7, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Cream Ridge, NJ United States  
First side i listened to was side 3, "I want you", "stuck inside of mobile with the Memphis blues again",... The most astounding fidelity ever, it'll bring tears to your  eyes.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Astounding Sound October 9, 2013
Reviewer: Jeremy Bunting from New York, NY United States  
Wow. I'm not sure I've ever heard recorded music sound better. There's not a hint of shrillness on the harmonica and no sibilance to speak of, though the overall presentation is bright and detailed. My only gripes sonically are with the mix; the bass sounds a little funny being hard panned, the organ in Visions of Johanna is too low, etc., but that's not on MoFi. This is as good a presentation of the 1999 mix as possible. The mono mix rocks harder, but the detail present in the MoFi LPs is simply impossible with one channel.  For the record, I have the earliest press US 1966 stereo copy. The MoFi blows it away (though I do miss that organ on the original stereo 4th Time Around).

The packaging is underwhelming. Comes in a plain black box with the tracklist on the back and the cover pasted on to the front.  The inside booklet is printed on thin, glossy paper, stapled, not bound.

Still, the packaging is not why I bit the bullet on this one. If you're on the fence, do it.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Stunning! September 25, 2013
Reviewer: J.C. from Arnold, MD United States  
I just finished my first listen.  All I can say is that I am floored by the fidelity and the soundstage of this remaster.  Don't wait.  This must be part of every Dylan fan's collection.

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