With it's orginal release, Highway 61 Re-Visited changed the world. There had never been anything like it - and the mono version was the best. The stereo mixes were never as integrated as the orignial mono, and the stereo 'It Takes a Lot to Laugh' was wrecked - with its over-loud disembodied piano stuck out on the left channel. Desolation Row suffered from similarly simplistic channel separation. (Incidentally, the recent, so-called remastered CD is exactly the same as the CD released first time round - there ought to be a law....) So it was a good idea on Sundazed's part to re-release the mono Highway 61. It's just a shame they did it on vinyl instead of CD. At least, it's a shame Sundazed don't seem able to achieve a decent level of quality. In principle the sound is OK, although the high treble tends to the rough and splashy. But the state of the vinyl is appalling. I've now had 3 separate copies: apart from pits and debris buried in the vinyl, all arrived with deep, highly audible scratches; one copy had a gouge across a track that rendered it unplayable. Yet these were all factory sealed; so it clearly wasn't the suppliers' fault. I emailed Sundazed's Customer Service Department to ask them if they were willing to do anything about this. No reply.
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