Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin' on Numbered Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity
Stark, Austere 1964 Record Is Dylan's First With All-Original Material: Title Track, "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll," "With God on Our Side" Establish Dylan as Voice of Social Consciousness
Bob Dylan Addresses Issues Such as Equality, Racism, and Poverty and Helps Ignite 1960s Political Movements
Faithful to the Source: Mobile Fidelity Audiophile Pressing Brings the Simple Sounds of Dylan's
Voice, Acoustic Guitar, and Harmonica into Lifelike Perspective
Immediately distinguished by the you're-either-with-us-or-against-us messages of the landmark title track, Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A-Changin' sounds an unmistakable clarion call on behalf of progress and its unstoppable advancement. One of the Bard's trademark songs, it remains a timeless anthem with a clear sense of common purpose, a musical line in the sand that helped unite various social movements and multiple generations. The reverential 1964 record feeds off the opening tune and its unmistakable sentiments, marching
forward to confront racism, poverty, injustice, and upheaval in a
stark, immediate manner unlike few albums before or since.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's
world-renowned mastering system, this
restored hybrid SACD version delivers the landscape-shifting music in
reference-quality sound that practically transports you to Columbia's
Studio A. Reflecting the austerity of the topics and Dylan's
mood, the sonics are direct and unadorned—each word hitting with weight,
each phrase lingering until it pulls you under, each storyline echoing
as fact. The hollow body of Dylan's guitar, internal mechanisms of his
harmonica, and graininess of his throat come across in full-on detail.
Marking a shift from the looseness and comedy that pepper the preceding The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin' skirts
any attempt at humor, sarcasm, or goofiness in favor of utmost
seriousness and severity. Seemingly anticipating the dark events
surrounding President Kennedy's assassination and the turmoil that
followed, Dylan eliminates with conjecture and disguise. Akin to
dispatches from the typewriter of literary icons John Steinbeck and
William Faulkner, his songs give voices to the voiceless, challenge
cultural precepts, upend traditional beliefs with rapier wit and truths,
and underline tragedies swept under the rug.
In doing so, Dylan creates stinging protest music that rallies
against unchecked authority, discrimination, brutality, and division. A
testament to the power of great art, The Times They Are A-Changin' is a righteous assault on ignorance and agent for sweeping action, a necessary impetus for transformation and enlightenment.
Via bold originals such as the nonfiction "The Lonesome Death of Hattie
Carroll," assertive "Restless Farewell," and semi-autobiographical
"North Country Blues," Dylan casts hardships, greed, and victimization in such relatable terms it's impossible to turn away and ignore their implications.
As correctly relayed by Dylan expert and cultural critic Greil Marcus,
"[The record] forever fixed Bob Dylan in the popular imagination: the
protest singer, the young man ‘able to see through metal' (again, from Chronicles),
to see through the lie and find the truth, then to hammer the truth
into words and send them out with a voice that would never break."
Dylan's circle on this album remains unbroken, more than 50 years later.
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