Bob Dylan Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Soundtrack Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
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Bob Dylan's Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid on Numbered
Strictly Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies!
180g LP from Mobile Fidelity Pressed at RTI!
Mastered From Original 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, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies,
this 180g vinyl LP 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
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, they take on deeper meaning
and convey elevated levels of enjoyment.
Of course, we should mention 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 3,000 Numbered Copies
• 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
• Pressed at RTI
• Mastered From Original 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
10. Billy 7