Bob Dylan Bob Dylan on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Understated 1962 Debut Launched Immeasurably Influential Career: Bob Dylan Stands as the Clearest Connection to Dylan's Purist Folk Roots
Ghosts of Woody Guthrie and Blues Legends Appear Throughout Recording of Originals and Covers: Mobile Fidelity LP Brings the Simple Sounds of Dylan's
Voice, Acoustic Guitar, and Harmonica into Lifelike Perspective
Bob Dylan's self-titled 1962 debut is as understated of an entrance as any significant musician as ever made. Already well-versed in American roots music, Dylan simultaneously
pays homage to tradition and extends it by putting his own stamp on
classic material that metaphorically functions as the soil of our
contemporary songs and styles. Free of ego, and performed with masterful
conviction, Bob Dylan ranks with the debut efforts of similar artistic giants Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system,
this restored hybrid SACD version brings the contents of this
seminal release as closest as they've ever come to master tape-quality. Transparent
to the source, the simple sounds of Dylan's voice, acoustic guitar, and
harmonica take on lifelike perspective and dimensions—the "husk and bark" to which Robert Shelton referred in his now-legendary New York Times review of a Dylan
appearance at Gerde's Folk City. MoFi has made possible an inexpensive
time-traveling trip back to the Greenwich Village coffeehouses and folk
clubs in which Dylan cut his teeth, albeit in much better fidelity and without any annoying background noise.
Much has been made of the commercial indifference that greeted the album
upon its low-key release. Yet focusing on sales figures and the
reaction of a public not yet hip to Dylan's name or music is to miss the forest for the trees. Distinguished
from the era's other folk efforts by way of the determination,
brazenness, and lived-through-this worldliness Dylan approaches the
material and sings the songs, Dylan lays the groundwork for the path he'd soon trailblaze and everyone else would follow.
By nodding to Woody Guthrie at the same time he completely re-imagines a sobering tune such as Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean," Dylan
straddles the past and future. He also displays, with challenging
authority and savant-like expertise, the ability to handle weighty
topics such as death, sorrow, and lamentation with the vaudeville flair,
bluesy mannerisms, and poignant command of an artist three times his
As Dylan scholar and pop-culture critic Greil Marcus
observed in 2010, "Everybody knew Joan Baez and the Kingston Trio; if
you knew Bob Dylan, you knew something other people didn't, something
that soon enough everybody had to know. Within a year, an album could
put an adjective in front of the singer's name as if it were already
common coin." It all starts here.
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