- Audio CD (29 Mar. 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Columbia / Sony
- ASIN: B0001M0KDO
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan Original recording remastered
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Why MFSL opted for the stereo mix is a mystery. Great choice for those who want to listen to this LP with vocals in the center, the guitar way over in the right corner and the harmonica in the left. This isn't a remix either so there are still many instances of the voice whipping over from left to centre at the end of harmonica solos and vice versa. A quick comparison with the far cheaper Hybrid SACD released almost ten years ago shows that the MFSL disc has more compression applied - another example of the CD loudness war. The mono mix - now easily obtainable - is far superior and natural sounding and that was what Dylan and his engineers and producer had in mind when the LP was recorded, stereo mixes were a knocked-out loaded afterthought for 'hi-fi buffs' and would remain so for several more years. One listen to this and it's easy to hear why, best avoided.
These songs take you back to the 60's, but the lyrics as relevant as they could ever be... take a closer listen to the popular `Blowin in the wind' and the fabulous and melodic `Hard Rain's A-Gonna fall'.
Sit on that couch, get a coffee and prepare yourself for a great hour of music that REALLY changed the world...
Let the Music Play!
and is buried in the mud.
How much do I know to talk out of turn. You might say that I'm young, you might say I'm unlearned. But there's one thing I know
though I'm younger than you. Even Jesus would never forgive what you do"
This has to be my favourite album of all time. Dylan captures what it is like to be young and carefree, but at the same time burdened by the guilt of knowledge and responsibility; he sings this all out beautifully, eloquently, simply. There isn't any of the complex vaguries of the new 'subversives' e.g. Radiohead, or . There is a sincerity and empathy and confidence- that there is a difference between right and wrong that is not relative, but universal. Just because you're not black doesn't mean you shouldn't be outraged at racism, just because you're not a victim doesn't mean you should accept the slaughter of war. And he sang all this when it wasn't the conventional wisdom, he was expressing something new, which is something that the commercialised commodified righteousness of Coldplay or U2 can never do.
This isn't a manifesto for change, it doesn't try to be. It is a mere observation on the transcience of love, the inhumanity of war and racism. It is knowingly naive, and perfectly imperfect and that's why I love it.
Dylan, in the course of 13 songs, covers much of the human emotional genome, from joy to sadness to longing to righteous anger to broken hearts to comedy. The album is as accomplished and stunning as any of his later works, and stands as one of the best albums ever recorded. The sound is sparse, but very effective for the material covered. It also has a lesson producers nowadays could learn from: you don't need tons of instruments to produce effective music. This is just Dylan, a guitar, and a harmonica with the exception of "Corrina, Corrina," and he makes it work. Boy does he ever.
This album produced many of his most important compositions and signature songs, including the song that broke him into the mainstream, "Blowin' in the Wind". Compositions like the aforementioned song, "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright," "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall," "Masters of War," and "Girl of the North Country," quickly established Dylan as the premier songwriter for the social conscious of the early 1960s, a role Dylan would quickly move away from (just listen to the mid 1960s trilogy of BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME, HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED, and BLONDE ON BLONDE to see how far he left this stuff behind).Read more ›
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Terrible quality pressing. When I removed the album from it's sleeve it appeared to be covered in sawdust. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mando