Bob Dylan's Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid On Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD!
Strictly Limited to 2500 Numbered Copies!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Bob Dylan's Iconic Soundtrack for Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett & Billy the
Kid Western Film Teems with Personalities, Moods, and Feelings: Includes
Original Version of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
Unprecedented Sound, Separation, Texture, and Tonality
On the surface, Bob Dylan's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid serves as a potent
soundtrack to Sam Peckinpah's western of the same name. Dating from 1973, the
Grammy-nominated set continued a rustic current Dylan explored on prior efforts
such as Nashville Skyline and John Wesley Harding. It also demonstrated the
singer could successfully lend his talents to a film and produce music that not
only illuminated the mood, personalities, and actions on screen but exist and
thrive independent of them. Yet Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid is much more, and
most importantly, finally receives its just sonic due more than four decades
after its initial release.
Mastered from the original master tapes on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned
mastering system, and strictly limited to 2,500 numbered copies, this hybrid
SACD features reference-level instrumental separation and full-bodied tones that
allow the songs to blossom amidst soundstages whose dimensions are limited only
by the breadth of your stereo system. The flinty, raw acoustic edge of Dylan and
Bruce Langhorne's guitars come into immediate relief. Booker T. Jones' relaxed
albeit taut bass, Jolly Roger's down-home banjo, Russ Kunkel's textured bongos,
and the crucial string accompaniments similarly flourish.
Indeed, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid remains both distinctive and intriguing for
the cast Dylan assembled for its creation – and their collective performances.
Echoing Ry Cooder's adventurous, epoch-defying journeys that would soon follow,
the 10-track album effortlessly breathes with country, folk, blues, and old-time
pop flavors. A-list collaborators, including drummer Jim Keltner, fiddler Byron
Berline, and Byrd legend Roger McGuinn, assist Dylan in making instrumental
portraits such as the pensive "Catalina Theme (Working for the Law") and the
spry "Turkey Chase" teem with detail, character, and a definite sense of place.
Heard anew on Mobile Fidelity's exquisite remaster on SACD, they take on deeper
meaning and convey elevated levels of enjoyment.
Of course, the other main reason why Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid remains one of
Dylan's most famous works: "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Transcending the mere
status of song, the Bard's simple albeit poignant tune was ostensibly about
Sheriff Colin Baker's death in Peckinpah's film yet has gone on to become
nothing short of an anthem – a symbolic hymn whose expressiveness encompasses
resilience, sorrow, forgiveness, readiness, and more. Covered by dozens of
artists and, most famously, by Guns N' Roses, who turned it into a live staple
recognized by new generations of fans, the classic is here in its original form,
never sounding more significant than it does now.
Dylan's series of three "Billy" numbers, the record's other vocal tracks, also
hold up to any other fare in the vocalist's rich catalog. There's not a misstep
here or vacant feeling on this expertly executed album, which, for Dylanologists
and historians, also represented the icon's first original material in three
years – and a prelude to his reunion with the Band and, ultimately, 1975's
bracing Blood on the Tracks. In every regard, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid reigns
as a towering statement.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Strictly Limited to 2500 Numbered Copies
• 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!
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Main Title Theme (Billy)
2. Cantina Theme (Workin' For The Law)
3. Billy 1
4. Bunkhouse Theme
5. River Theme
6. Turkey Chase
7. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
8. Final Theme
9. Billy 4 (Recorded In Mexico City)
10. Billy 7