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Blonde On Blonde [Original recording remastered]

Bob Dylan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B0001M0KES
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
2. Pledging My Time
3. Visions Of Johanna
4. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
5. I Want You
6. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
7. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
8. Just Like A Woman
9. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
10. Temporary Like Achilles
11. Absolutely Sweet Marie
12. Fourth Time Around
13. Obviously Five Believers
14. Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands

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BBC Review

The world is divided into those who think double albums are a really only single albums weighed down by too much filler and the over-indulgence of their creators, and those who treasure every minute, revering the range afforded by the extra space the format provides. As someone who has yet to hear a double album that couldn’t be trimmed to single figures, I confess a bias when it comes to Blonde On Blonde. Regularly spied in orbit around heavenly bodies such as Pet Sounds, Revolver in those stellar “best album ever” lists, side one is a golden run of songs that are about as perfect as you could want.

Even a cursory glance at the highlights would be enough to confirm this first disc’s classic status: the rambunctious stomp of “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”, the shrill punctuation of Dylan’s harp on the surly rant of “Pledging My Time”, a riotous neck-wrung blues soloing on “Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat”, opulent, elegiac verses on “Visions Of Johanna”, the popish affectations and beautiful detail of “I Want You” and “Just Like A Woman.”

Consolidating what he’d begun on Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited, the recording of Blonde On Blonde was part of an intense, fertile outpouring for Dylan. One can understand why Dylan and producer Bob Johnston were keen to present as much of it as they could. As a result however, the taut energy of the first disc become somewhat elasticised across the second, “Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands”, whose eleven minute length even caught the backing musicians by surprise, being the chief culprit. Of course one person’s prolix poetry is another’s visionary epic.

One point which both sceptics and believers can all agree on however is the extent to which Dylan is utterly at ease with himself here. Credit also, should go to the crew backing him up. And if their backing is at times a little hurried or patchy, the improvisatory nature of their trying to keep up with the man at the microphone is also a part of this album’s overall charm. --Sid Smith

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heres something that will keep you thinking... 22 Jun 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is Dylan at is very best. A mystical journey through love and life, expressed with a soft tingly metal sound that soothes its listeners with mind catching melodies. Dylan, unusually, was not protesting, he was expressing his confusion of women, his love and hate of them and how they made him feel. However, Just as the love/pain songs seem to much for him Dylan remembers the high times, such as 'Rainy day Woman', a song full of laughter and irony and the stranger times such as those in 'Leapord skin pill box hat'. As far as progressive sixties albums go, this has it all. Blonde on Blonde is ten years ahead of its self, Dylan is in his poetic prime, (as 'Visions of Johana' and 'Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands' show) alongside his good friends, love, and erm... his harmonica, and what a world it must be. Enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply the Greatest Album of all-time. 28 Oct 1999
Format:Audio CD
Out of all the great records released in the 1960's it is this one that to me stands alone ahead of the field, the feeling that i get when i listen to this album is a feeling i get with no other record, only 'Highway 61 revisited' comes close. Dylan himself said that the sound of Blonde on Blonde was the closest he ever got to the sound he had in his head, explanation enough for the other worldly quality of this music. The 14 songs on this album are faultless my favourites being the seductive melodies of "I Want You" and "Just like a Women" The joyus jamming of "Rainy Day Women" and "Most Likely You Go Your Way" The Chicago blues feel of Leopard-Skin-Pillow-Box Hat (Dylan would never be this care-free again), "Stuck Inside of Mobile" has an irresistable chorus and "Visions of Johanna" and "Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands" have an unearthly beauty which Dylan sings wonderfully. I cannot recommend this album highly enough it is the work of a true genius.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Sweet Masterpiece 30 July 2006
Format:Audio CD
Seldom out of the top 5 of those never-ending `All Time Best Album' polls, Dylan's 1966 opus is, by any criteria, nothing short of a masterpiece. Originally a double album, one of rock music's first, on CD the seamless flow of the 14 tracks only enhances the listening pleasure. Sony's latest issue of this all-time classic has benefited from a new remix from the original masters by Steve Berkowitz, making this the best audio version of the album available (the original CDs were pressed from very low quality off-master copies, and notoriously had brutal edits cutting short many of the songs), although what is Blonde On Blonde's standout track for many people, the Neal Cassady-inspired `Visions Of Johanna', still suffers from out-of-tune lead guitar breaks towards the end (although these have been watered-down and are not as prominent as on other releases). For the recording of this album, Dylan relocated from his favoured New York studios to Nashville, after the earlier sessions had proven problematic - only `One Of Us Must Know' from New York made the final cut - and had the benefit of the top session men of the day at his disposal, such as Charlie McCoy and Kenny Buttrey, although `One Of Us...' has a stunning piano track from Paul Griffin that makes one lament the fact that Dylan left the keyboardist behind when he left for Tennessee for the first session on Valentine's Day 1966. Of the songs themselves, there is nothing remotely approaching a `protest' song here - if one discounts Dylan protesting at not getting any from the lady in `Fourth Time Around' - and anyone seeking `Masters Of War' Dylan is on the wrong record, but all the numbers here are dressed in the beautiful kaleidoscopic wordplay of prime mid-sixties Dylan. Read more ›
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Defining Work 12 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde was, is and always will be his defining work. Blood on The Tracks and Highway 61 will always be fondly remembered by the faithful, for their up-tempo down-beated-ness, something that only Dylan managed to achieve, and there are better songs written by Dylan that are not on this album - 'Simple Twist of Fate', 'All Along the Watchtower' and 'Like a Rolling Stone' spring immediately to mind.
Blonde On Blonde is remarkable in its creativity, each song interwoven with the next. It has attitude, it has zaniness, it has the remarkable portrait of Sad Eyed Lady, and the wonderfully sad circus of 'I Want You' - 'the guilty undertaker', 'the lonesome organ-grinder', and 'drunken politician'. Wonderful honky-tonk in 'Most likely you'll go your way and I'll go mine' follows the tragic 'Just Like a Woman', and the wild, weird and wonderful Leopard skin Pillbox Hat.
Dylan has had other superb albums - Time out of Mind was superb only insofar as it was the amazing blip on the life support machine, when he had long since flat-lined. Highway 61 and Blood on the Tracks I've already mentioned. It doesn't seem to have generated any major resurgence, and his live act for its 'niceness' remains as unremarkable as the 'hood' phase that seemed to upset everyone so.
I suppose in some ways, we all thought that the music that was changed by the bike accident of '66 could have returned through the heart attack of '97, but while a new Bob Dylan emerged from each life-threatening incident, he would never write another Blonde on Blonde. If you have a collection, you must have Dylan; if you have Dylan, you must have Blonde on Blonde.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don-Hawkwind
This CD replaced one that got damaged, which had replaced the original vinyl double album bought in the 60's. Read more
Published 18 days ago by don hawkwind
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan at his peak.
Lyrics, melodies, imagery, spare cool backing music. Just the best singer/songwriter doing what he did best. Visions of Johanna must be the coolest track of it's day. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stewart Mackenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars But this
One of the best albums ever recorded. Shame someone nicked my original LP but it's great to have the songs again
Published 2 months ago by Rk
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan recommended
I choose this album to add to my Dylan collection . Glad I did , it's now a favourite among my favourite Dylan albums .
Published 3 months ago by steviedee
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Album
I love Bob Dylan. I really do but this album is a shambles. It's just full of whinny, tiresome songs. It lacks passion, warmth and drive of other Dylan albums. Read more
Published 3 months ago by H.E.Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD - the quality and price are great.
A wonderful album at a very fair price. Dylan is one of the true rock greats. The quality of the CD is excellent and delivery was quick.
Published 5 months ago by Soul Supply
5.0 out of 5 stars Ain't it just like the night?
Obviously this is a masterpiece. Its riches are inexhaustable, and no review could do them justice (in reason or rhyme), so here instead are a few random thoughts about just five... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rough Diamond
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas came early - Vinyl delight 45rpm
I'll be quick and to the point.Bob arrived this morning in a very nice box containing 3lp's spinning at 45rpm. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Docfreem
4.0 out of 5 stars Catching up on one of my favourite artists of my youth
Bought for sad eyed lady of the lowland and enjoying the rest of the tracks as well. I feel I have chosen well.
Published 7 months ago by Will M
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan
Great Album and one I hadn't heard before despite a considerable CD an Vinyl collection of Bob Dylan. Excellent album with a mix of good track
Published 8 months ago by Risitt
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