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Live 1974 Set Documents Acclaimed Reunion of Bob Dylan and The Band
Mobile Fidelity SACD of Before the Flood Gives You a Prime Seat for the Historic
Performances: Rearrangements of Classics Give Songs Renewed Meaning and
The live reunion of Bob Dylan and The Band during 1973-74 yielded one of the
decade's most celebrated, dynamic, and astonishing tours. Captured on Before the
Flood, the results portray the two artists' shared chemistry as well as Dylan's
instinctive ability to challenge audiences, his group, and himself via inventive
rearrangements of classics that simultaneously ward off nostalgia and renew with
meaning. Said by noted critic Robert Christgau to be "at its best, [the]
craziest and strongest rock and roll ever recorded," Before the Flood crackles
with intensity, relevance, and unhinged performances.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system, this transparent
SACD version cracks wide open the ceiling previously obscuring many of the tonal
details, revealing microdynamics, and vocal nuances on the recording.
Distinguished with an immediately recognizable sound, The Band comes across in
three-dimensional form, while Dylan takes center stage, feet from your listening
chair. They play like two souls in communion, a facet displayed here courtesy of
the increased airiness, enhanced soundstage depth, and lifelike imaging.
There’s so much new information here, this already-iconic album only gains in
stature. As experienced on Mobile Fidelity, Before the Flood now unquestionably
takes its place as one of the ten-best concert releases ever made. Notes are
rounded, Garth Hudson’s organ claims a tube-like glow, Levon Helm’s drumming
possesses its own space, voices are perceptible all the way down the singers’
throats, and Dylan’s awe-inspiring phrasing resonates with palpable urgency.
Audiophiles and Dylan fans, prepare to be astonished.
Arriving at a crucial time for both Dylan and The Band, Before the Flood is the
furthest thing possible from a nostalgia trip. It’s where Dylan begins his
now-trademark feat of turning songs upside-down, taking risks, challenging
expectations, and leaving audiences riveted to the edge of their seats in
anticipation of what might come next. He sings with unabated passion, the moods
spanning bitterness to jubilation. And his willingness to play fast and loose
with the music gives way to compelling shifts, under-the-surface textures,
complementary intricacies, and a sense of newness and discovery on par with that
of an adventurer embracing total freedom.
Before the Flood buries any notion of limits, safeguards, or borders. It is an
open map, each song a route begging for exploration without need or concern for
exactness or an appointed leader. Collaborative in every sense, it’s a portrait
of six inimitable musicians feeding off one another, trusting in their past
history as they hurdle towards uncharted territory, using soulfulness as a
compass and opportunity as their vehicle.
Wholly different than the live episodes heard on Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal
Albert Hall” Concert, Before the Flood is equally seminal and, from the
perspective of witnessing an artist dare not only his audience but himself to
break through to a new plane, even better. Utterly astounding.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
1. Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
2. Lay Lady Lay
3. Rainy Day Women #12 & #35
4. Knockin' on Heaven's Door
5. It Ain't Me, Babe
6. Ballad of a Thin Man
7. Up on Cripple Creek
8. I Shall Be Released
9. Endless Highway
10. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
11. Stage Fright
1. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
2. Just Like a Woman
3. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
4. The Shape I'm In
5. When You Awake
6. The Weight
7. All Along the Watchtower
8. Highway 61 Revisited
9. Like a Rolling Stone
10. Blowin' in the Wind