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Dylan [Cardboard Sleeve (mini LP)] [Blu-spec CD2] [Limited Pressing]

Bob Dylan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00IMKDYNK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cardboard sleeve reissue from Bob Dylan features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD2 format (compatible with standard CD player) and 2013 remastering. The liner notes include new Japanese translations of lyrics. Part of a 14-album Bob Dylan cardboard sleeve reissue series features the albums "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming."

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BOB DYLAN Dylan (2013 Japanese exclusive limited edition 9-track Blu-Spec CD album [an audio CD format using Blu-Ray technology playable on all CD players] originally released in 1973 mini replica LP style card wallet picture sleevecomplete with a information/lyric booklet replica inner sleeve Blu-Spec insert bonus hype sticker top card obi-strip and still in the stickered re-sealable bag. This album has been unavailable on CD for a long time finally now available for the first time in many years SICP-30488)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best bit of remastering ever? 13 Sep 2014
This remastered version from Japan turns Dylan's worst album into a hidden gem. In the past sound quality on this album was always diabolical, but these tracks have either been taken from a different source or have just been scrubbed up to sound fantastic. If you like Self Portrait then this will be a treat. Only the original 9 tracks, but as soon I heard the first track (Lily of the West) I knew this version was superb. All the tracks are subtly different from the old taped or bootleg cd versions that have come before, they also sound like they are at a slightly different speed but whatever they have done it is excellent.

The two ballads in the middle (Ira Hayes and Mr Bojangles) have some really poignant moments in them, given the stage of his career at the time the line in Mr B "I met him in a cell in New Orleans; I was....Down and Out" is really powerful stuff. 8 of the tracks are not even written by Dylan but I always love him doing cover versions, he has a great skill in adapting other people's material and making it sound autobiographical and it is showcased perfectly here.

The only exception for me is Bob's eternally dire version of Big Yellow Taxi, it still sounds awful. Not sure why but they do not seem to have even bothered trying to remaster it. Possibly it was just an irredeemably bad performance?

The album finishes with the only song actually written by Dylan- "Spanish is the loving tongue." There was a version of this on the Another Self Portrait but the one on this album is about ten times better than the official bootleg version. Personally I would rate these nine songs as being more deserving of the actual title "Another Self Portrait" than bootleg volume 10, I was wildly unimpressed by that release. If you are a hard-core Dylan fan or just liked Self Portrait then this particular blue spec 2 cd is going to be a real treat.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "The Bastard Child In Bob's Discography......" 4 Jun 2014
By John H. McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
This 2014 CD is part of a Japanese series of 14 Bob Dylan albums being remastered using Sony's Blu-Spec 2 process* and comes in a cardboard sleeve replica of the original album. It sounds heads above the previous release, a European CD titled A Fool Such As I, the album's title outside the U.S. Beware of a bootleg version that's tempting due to the extra tracks. This was one of the few Dylan albums never released on CD in the U.S. at the request of the artist himself......

'Dylan' was Bob's thirteenth studio album, released in November 1973 which reached #19 in the charts and earning a gold record despite being reviled by critics and the artist himself. It was his first album to contain no original compositions. Dylan's contract with long-time label Columbia Records was up for renewal that year, but he decided to sign with David Geffen's fledgling Asylum imprint. Columbia's reaction was to release this album without any input or blessing from the artist. The tunestack included session outtakes from his two previous 1970 albums; seven from the critically-acclaimed 'New Morning' (US#7) and two from his previous release, the equally critically-reviled (at the time) 'Self Portrait,' a double album which astounded confused fans due to it's heavy reliance on cover versions and sometimes overly slick musical backing. The album's also famous for Greil Marcus' opening line in his Rolling Stone review, "What is this s***?" No matter, the album managed a #4 chart showing upon release, showing that fans at that time would by anything he released "ears unheard." 'Dylan' had never been released on CD in the U.S. until it's inclusion in 2013's 47 disc mega-set 'The Complete Album Collection V.1' at the artist's request, showing that Dylan still despised the release even though 41 years had flowed under the bridge of time. Listening with fresh ears today it sounds exactly like what it is, a collection of outtakes not deemed releasable by the artist. In the liner notes to this year's Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10, Dylan states that he was tired of his deification and when it came time to record 'Self Portrait' "I threw everything I could think of at the wall and whatever stuck, released it, and then went back and scooped up everything that didn't stick and released that, too." He was hoping that "when critics dismissed my work, the same thing would happen to me." Dylan found however that withdrawing from the game of fame was much harder than joining the club. He would not release any more original material until 1973's soundtrack to the Sam Peckinpah film "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid" (which contained the now classic "Knocking On Heaven's Door"), his penultimate release for Columbia until he re-signed with them in 1975, releasing another stone classic, 'Blood on the Tracks.' In between were his two Asylum releases with THE BAND (now on Columbia), 'Planet Waves' and the live concert document 'Before The Flood.' Here's the 'Dylan' track list:

1. Lily Of The West (Trad.) 3:44
2. Can't Help Falling In Love (Weiss, Peretti & Creatore) 4:17
3. Sarah Jane (Trad.) 2:43
4. The Ballad Of Ira Hayes (Peter LaFarge) 5:08
5. Mr. Bojangles (Jerry Jeff Walker) 5:31
6. Mary Ann (Trad.) 2:40
7. Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell) 2:12
8. A Fool Such As I (Bill Trader) 2:41
9. Spanish Is The Loving Tongue (Charles Badger Clark) 4:13)

*The remastered albums currently (June 2014) available are: "Self Portrait," "New Morning," "Greatest Hits Vol.2," "Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid," "Dylan," "Planet Waves," "Before The Flood," "Blood On The Tracks," "The Basement Tapes," "Desire," "Hard Rain," "Street Legal," "Bob Dylan At Budokan," and "Slow Train Coming." "Saved," "Shot Of Love," "Infidels," "Real Live," "Empire Burlesque," "Knocked Out Loaded," "Down In The Groove," "Dylan & The Dead," and "Oh Mercy" will be released on Aug. 27, 2014 (the links will take you to my other reviews)......
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