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A five star album presented in a two star format
on 13 September 2012
Now that all of the reviews of the 2003 CD have been combined with my review of the 2012 MFSL CD, as of 18/09/12 my review is the only one which actually pertains to the MFSL CD. Well done, Amazon, really helpful to potential buyers of this product. It's NOT the same as the 2003 CD so don't combine the reviews.
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.