Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45rpm 2LP
Numbered, Limited Edition 180g 45rpm 2LP! Pressed at RTI!
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Understated 1962 Debut Launched Immeasurably Influential Career
Album Stands as Clearest Connection to Dylan’s Purist Folk Roots
Ghosts of Woody Guthrie and Blues Legends Appear Throughout Recording of
Originals and Covers
Transparent to the Source: Hyper-Detailed 45RPM Pressing Brings the Simple
Sounds of Dylan’s Voice, Acoustic Guitar, and Harmonica into Lifelike
Bob Dylan’s self-titled 1962 debut is as understated of an entrance as any
significant musician has ever made. Already well-versed in American roots music,
Dylan simultaneously pays homage to tradition and extends it by putting his own
stamp on classic material that metaphorically functions as the soil of our
contemporary songs and styles. Free of ego, and performed with masterful
conviction, Bob Dylan ranks with the debut efforts of similar artistic giants
Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity’s world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI,
this restored 180g 45RPM 2LP analog version brings the contents of this seminal
release as closest as they’ve ever come to master tape-quality. Transparent to
the source, the simple sounds of Dylan’s voice, acoustic guitar, and harmonica
take on lifelike perspective and dimensions—the “husk and bark” to which Robert
Shelton referred in his now-legendary New York Times review of a Dylan
appearance at Gerde’s Folk City. MoFi has made possible an inexpensive
time-traveling trip back to the Greenwich Village coffeehouses and folk clubs in
which Dylan cut his teeth, albeit in much better fidelity and without any
annoying background noise. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your
Much has been made of the commercial indifference that greeted the album upon
its low-key release. Yet focusing on sales figures and the reaction of a public
not yet hip to Dylan’s name or music is to miss the forest for the trees.
Distinguished from the era’s other folk efforts by way of the determination,
brazenness, and lived-through-this worldliness Dylan approaches the material and
sings the songs, Dylan lays the groundwork for the path he’d soon trailblaze and
everyone else would follow.
By nodding to Woody Guthrie at the same time he completely re-imagines a
sobering tune such as Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,”
Dylan straddles the past and future. He also displays, with challenging
authority and savant-like expertise, the ability to handle weighty topics such
as death, sorrow, and lamentation with the vaudeville flair, bluesy mannerisms,
and poignant command of an artist three times his age.
As Dylan scholar and pop-culture critic Greil Marcus observed in 2010,
“Everybody knew Joan Baez and the Kingston Trio; if you knew Bob Dylan, you knew
something other people didn’t, something that soon enough everybody had to know.
Within a year, an album could put an adjective in front of the singer’s name as
if it were already common coin.” It all starts here.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 45rpm Speed Edition
• Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Double LP
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Pressed at RTI
LP 1 - Side 1:
1. You're No Good
2. Talkin' New York
3. In My Time of Dyin'
4. Man of Constant Sorrow
LP 1 - Side 2:
1. Fixin' to Die
2. Pretty Peggy-O
3. Highway 51
LP 2 - Side 3:
1. Gospel Plow
2. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
3. House of the Risin' Sun
LP 2 - Side 4:
1. Freight Train Blues
2. Song to Woody
3. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean