Michael Fremer Rated 10/10 Music, 9/10 Sonics in his June 2013 reviews on www.analogplanet.com!
Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity!
Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Rated 16/500!
Presence, Immediacy, Naturalness, Realism in Spades: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Makes Blood on the Tracks Among Most Lifelike-Sounding Albums You’ll Ever Hear!
Dylan’s Masterpiece Break-Up Album: Sentimental Redemption Arises Amidst Sorrow, Turmoil, Sadness, and Pain. Songs Flow Like Rivers, Acoustic and Electric Elements Merge Like Bezels on a Diamond. Ranked 16 on Rolling Stone’s List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time! Includes “Tangled Up In Blue,” “Simple Twist of Fate,” “Idiot Wind,” “Buckets of Rain”.
Bob Dylan was at several crossroads in the mid-1970s. Artistically, he was largely written off as being past his prime. Emotionally, he was suffering through a painful divorce from his then-wife Sara Lowndes. Creatively, he appeared at a stalemate, his previous decade’s unprecedented run of transformational brilliance finished. Then came Blood on the Tracks.
A start-to-finish cycle that documents a lover’s pursuit of, entanglement with, and loss of a woman, the bracingly intimate 1975 effort remains one of the most encompassing break-up albums ever made and ranks as the most personal statement of the Bard’s career. To hear it is to experience the agony, frustration, trauma, highs, lows, confusion, sadness, and, ultimately, requisite redemption associated with intimate relationships gone astray. Dylan maintains it’s a work of fiction, but it’s evident close-vested autobiographical premise is what helps make it universal: It’s the icon singing through tears, going out of his mind, battling hallowing emptiness, firing shots across the bow, and accepting culpability. It is, in short, a consummate expression of love’s darker sides and the consequences of what happens when dreams unravel.
As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on dead-quiet LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of Blood on the Tracks ever produced—and the first-ever proper analog reissue. Fantastically presenting both the solo acoustic and band-supported songs with the utmost clarity, dynamics, presence, immediacy, spaciousness, imaging, and balance, this version shines a high-powered light on the fluid vocal phrasing, timbral shifts, functional rhythms, and inward-looking strumming that contribute to every song here serving as a wound-exposing confessional.
For all the melancholic pain, unresolved questions, shattered memories, wasted times, unrequited dialogs, and weary regret within, Blood on the Tracks remains as daring as it is reflective. Rather than follow for a monotone caustic vibe, Dylan’s songs burrow into the subconscious for the manners in which they are even-keeled, mellow, and occasionally, even peaceful. Dignity, honor, poignancy, and fairness—all traits uncommon in any situation in which partners dissolve histories, change hearts, and attribute blame—instill the record with equilibrium on par with the consistency of the flowing melodies.
Throughout, tunes come on and proceed as if they could continue forever, Dylan spinning poetic verses and conversations amidst finely tied knots of acoustic notes, chords, and fills, the deceivingly simple architecture conjuring the intertwined refractions of a bezeled jewel, various angles, colors, and textures conjoining into a gorgeously inseparable whole. Backed by Tony Brown’s flexible albeit subtle bass, Buddy Cage’s country-streaked pedal-steel guitar, and Paul Griffin’s soul-baring organ—an instrument used to shadow, tuckpoint, and illuminate here as effectively as any time in rock history—Dylan pours soulful emotion, open his veins, and bleeds.
Ranked 16 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and replete with existential thought, piercing directness, raw singing, and majestic arrangements.
"As the headline reads, Mobile Fidelity has untangled all of the musical lines that are not exactly hidden on any version, but are presented here with startling clarity, three-dimensionality and solidity... The acoustic guitars ring with far greater precision, again without transient overemphasis... [T]he LP lays it all out so clearly you hear every pick strike and see each instrument in stark 3D relief occupying its own layered space. You'll hear the percussion with a clarity and precision not found on any other edition but again without added brightness or transient stridency and the studio reverb has never before been so easy to track, if you track such things. More importantly the acoustic guitars' harmonic structure has never before sounded so complete. Most importantly, Dylan's voice sounds utterly natural and convincing... This Mobile Fidelity Blood on the Tracks is yet another 'must have' Dylan vinyl reissue that's better than the original. Unlike the original this reissue is presented in a 'Tip on' gatefold jacket in which are some candid Dylan photos and the full panel illustration found on the second pressing's back cover. A nice touch. Well done Mo-Fi guys!" - Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com, Music 10/10, Sound 9/10
Also Available from Bob Dylan on 180g Mobile Fidelity Vinyl:
Bob Dylan - Another Side Of Bob Dylan (MFSL 2-45379)
Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde (MFSL 4-45009)
Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (MFSL 2-45380)
Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (MFSL 2-45378)
Bob Dylan & The Band - The Basement Tapes (MFSL 2-382)
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
• Gatefold Jacket
Bob Dylan, vocals, guitar, harmonica, organ, mandolin
Tony Brown, bass
Buddy Cage, steel guitar
Paul Griffin, organ
Eric Weissberg & Deliverance
1. Tangled Up in Blue
2. Simple Twist of Fate
3. You’re A Big Girl Now
4. Idiot Wind
5. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
1. Meet Me in the Morning
2. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
3. If You See Her, Say Hello
4. Shelter From the Storm
5. Buckets of Rain