Bob Dylan New Morning Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
Numbered, Limited Edition 180g Vinyl! Pressed at RTI!
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Sublime 1970 Album Among Loosest, Jovial of Dylan's Career
Includes Hit Single "If Not for You" and "The Man In Me," Featured in the Film
The Big Lebowski
Dylan's Phrasing and Piano Playing Parallel Efforts of His Crack Backing Band
Stunning 180g Reissue Boasts Phenomenally Open Sound: New Morning Has Never
Enjoyed Better Fidelity
The album might have saved Bob Dylan's career. At the least, it proved the
icon still relevant, and his wits still in tact. And it immediately followed
what remains the artist's biggest disaster, the yet-unexplained and forever
puzzling Self Portrait, a nearly unlistenable attempt that caused many to wonder
whether Dylan had lost his mind. If intended as a joke, it bombed, making the
sublime New Morning all the more important to restore faith in the singer's
creativity and songwriting prowess. It did all this and more, and stands as his
finest studio effort during a five-year span.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI,
this restored analog version spotlights the open, woozy sound that welcomes
wholeheartedly Dylan's piano, several eager guitars, female background singers,
Al Kooper's organ, and snappy drumming into a world of their own. New Morning
remains one of Dylan's loosest and jovial affairs, the instruments retaining an
off-the-cuff sensibility relating to a nightclub atmosphere or live stage feel.
On this reissue, notes naturally dangle and fade, allowing the playful vibes and
humor to come through like never before. Consequently, the album can be
experienced with a new perspective. Wider grooves mean more information reaches
"Many of the songs seem to have been made up on the spot, with confidence in
the ability of first-rate musicians to move in any direction at any time,"
wrote Dylan expert and cultural critic Greil Marcus in his original review for
the New York Times. "The riffs, inventions, and studio jams of New Morning
have their own personality…the full joy of anticipating the right move and the
exhilaration of hitting it square and bouncing off a chord into a new lyric."
These observations hold true today, for the 1970 effort claims a daring flair
Dylan rarely exhibited on albums before or since. Enthusiasm and excitement
surround his singing, and his work on the 88s underlines the liberating
arrangements. Offbeat and eclectic, the record frolics and swings, with the Bard
and his crack band pursuing jazzy steps ("Sign on the Window"), shuffling
spoken-word experiments ("If Dogs Run Free"), and soulful rock ("The Man In Me,"
used to wonderful and prominent effect in the Coen Brothers film The Big
Throughout, Dylan's phrasing communicates joyousness and simplicity seemingly
carried over from the stripped-down John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline.
The record's dominant sentiments trace to the lead track, "If Not For You," one
of the singer's all-time greatest singles, stitched with country threads and
warmth that pervades everything that follows. Yes, New Morning may lack the
iconic status of some of Dylan's better-known records. Yet the underdog stature
makes repeat listens all the more rewarding.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 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
1. If Not for You
2. Day of the Locusts
3. Time Passes Slowly
4. Went to See the Gypsy
6. If Dogs Run Free
7. New Morning
8. Sign on the Window
9. One More Weekend
10. The Man In Me
11. Three Angels
12. Father of Night