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Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Hybrid SACD
Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Hybrid SACD

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Dylan's 1963 Sophomore Effort Marks the Beginning of a Cultural Sea Change

It's the album the ignited sea changes in pop culture, music, songwriting, poetry, and the social consciousness. It's the creation of a 22-year-old visionary still years away from casting a jaundiced eye to the media. It's the sound of change, the feeling of ground shifting beneath one's feet, and the entrance of an entirely new way of thinking. It's the effective beginning of what's arguably the boldest career in music history, the yawning vortex into the complex mind, supernatural wordplay, and folk techniques of a vocalist/guitarist whose name is forever associated with transformation. It's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.

This is the very finest, most transparent digital stereo edition of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan ever produced. Never before has the resonance of his nylon guitar strings, fingerpicked notes, shivering harmonica fills, or plainspoken timbre possessed such clarity, openness, body, or realism.

With the advantage of wider and deeper grooves, the 45RPM pressing affords the opportunity to detect more information and lavish in extra richness. Whether it's the exaggerated nasal accents employed on "Down the Highway" or the decay of each strummed line on the entirely acoustic album, previously concealed details, microdynamics, and ambient cues surface – enhancing the listeners' experience and taking them inside Columbia's Studio A where history was made by leaps and bounds.

Exponentially surpassing the potential he demonstrated on his debut, Dylan became a mirror of the concerns, issues, and feelings confronting the nation. Writing and singing with penetrating honesty, observational wit, moral conviction, and scathing emotion, he digs into the madness of war ("Masters of War," "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"), hypocrisy of segregation ("Oxford Town"), urgency of civil rights and freedom ("Blowin' in the Wind"), and multiple angles of unrequited love ("Girl From the North Country," "Don't Think Twice It's All Right") with a literate astuteness and depth that, nearly 50 years later, still leave audiences slack-jawed. Satire, absurdist humor, and traditional blues also pepper the album, which rests upon graceful melodies and sparse, poignant patterns.

Viewed as protest songs, love songs, folk songs, or talking blues songs, the material on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan remains amongst the most astonishing and imaginative ever committed to tape. It deserves – as much as you deserve – a fidelity that makes as closely intimate as possible the music's connection with you. You deserve this edition.

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5 of 5 How to hide mofi purchases from you partner September 10, 2014
Reviewer: Justin Morris from Hawthorn East, Victoria Australia  
I grew up in the era of cd. I've bought at least 3000  cd's. And I then spent some decent money on hifi gear. I had been underwhelmed in sound quality while loving music. My dad always said to me that something was lost between cd and vinyl. The new pure audio disks are good as was DVD audio and sacd. But the mofi gain 2 pressings are just ridiculous, they make my equipment sound like they are three times the value. Yes they cost more than a second hand copy from a market but there is no comparison. I bought a new turn table and phone stage once I had heard some mofi pressings. This copy of Freewheelin is a joy to listen to, with no compression you can turn it up way loud and no one cringes as it just sounds like a guy sitting in the corner of the lounge room with a guitar. If you can discern the difference between great album but a crap master have listen to mofi. A word of caution though mofi is like test driving a Porsche don't do it unless you are willing to buy it.

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5 of 5 The New Standard June 20, 2013
Reviewer: Joseph Call from Fort Wayne, IN United States  
The sound on this original master recording should be the new standard.  Incredible to say the least, the MoFi version is one of the best sounding releases of any artist I have ever heard.  Any music lover and/or Dylan fan needs to buy a copy.

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