The Original Mono Recordings

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any recording artist of the '60s, Bob Dylan had his albums mixed for mono during the bulk of the decade. Stereo mixes were simultaneously released, but they didn't take precedence until the end of the '60s, when the industry and public tastes shifted toward two speakers. As the decades rolled on, those original mono mixes never again surfaced, but the unexpected success of 2009's The Beatles in Mono box opened the doors for 2010's The Original Mono Recordings, a handsome nine-disc box containing Dylan's first eight albums in remastered mono and housed in attractive, stiff, mini-LP cardboard sleeves. As a package, The Original Mono Recordings is undeniably ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like any recording artist of the '60s, Bob Dylan had his albums mixed for mono during the bulk of the decade. Stereo mixes were simultaneously released, but they didn't take precedence until the end of the '60s, when the industry and public tastes shifted toward two speakers. As the decades rolled on, those original mono mixes never again surfaced, but the unexpected success of 2009's The Beatles in Mono box opened the doors for 2010's The Original Mono Recordings, a handsome nine-disc box containing Dylan's first eight albums in remastered mono and housed in attractive, stiff, mini-LP cardboard sleeves. As a package, The Original Mono Recordings is undeniably alluring -- the LP replicas are accurate, right down to the inclusion of the sheet of poetry in The Times They Are A-Changin', the booklet thorough, highlighted by liner notes by Greil Marcus, and several rarely-circulated photos -- and that's a large part of the battle of a collector bait set like this, which seeks to re-create the experience of listening to the original albums. Any fan investing in a set this expensive expects an experience as attractive as this, but the main draw is, naturally, in the music, whether the mono mixes offer a different experience than the stereo and, by and large, they do. Granted, sometimes this experience is rather subtle, particularly on the first four acoustic albums, which don't feel drastically different, only slightly more intimate as they're narrowed down to a single speaker. In contrast, the next four albums -- particularly Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde, the hardest rock here -- bear the hallmarks of '60s mono rock & roll, they're punchy, forceful, and direct, a more forceful listen than the stereo mixes. Of course, this may not be everybody's cup of tea -- the stereo mixes allow for somewhat greater appreciation of the instrumental interplay since there is more space to breathe -- but these bold mixes were the sound of the times, and since it was a time ruled by Dylan, it is fascinating to hear these records this way, and for any serious fan of him or the '60s, it's essential too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886977610424
  • Catalog Number: 776104
  • Sales rank: 4,353

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You're No Good (1:41)
  2. 2 Talkin' New York (3:21)
  3. 3 In My Time of Dyin' (2:41)
  4. 4 Man of Constant Sorrow (3:10)
  5. 5 Fixin' to Die (2:22)
  6. 6 Pretty Peggy-O (3:25)
  7. 7 Highway 51 (2:53)
  8. 8 Gospel Plow (1:47)
  9. 9 Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (2:37)
  10. 10 House of the Risin' Sun (5:19)
  11. 11 Freight Train Blues (2:20)
  12. 12 Song to Woody (2:44)
  13. 13 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (2:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Blowin' in the Wind (2:53)
  2. 2 Girl from the North Country (3:24)
  3. 3 Masters of War (4:34)
  4. 4 Down the Highway (3:25)
  5. 5 Bob Dylan's Blues (2:24)
  6. 6 A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall (6:53)
  7. 7 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (3:41)
  8. 8 Bob Dylan's Dream (5:04)
  9. 9 Oxford Town (1:52)
  10. 10 Talking World War III Blues (6:28)
  11. 11 Corrina, Corrina (2:46)
  12. 12 Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance (2:02)
  13. 13 I Shall Be Free (4:46)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Times They Are a-Changin' (3:17)
  2. 2 Ballad of Hollis Brown (5:07)
  3. 3 With God on Our Side (7:11)
  4. 4 One Too Many Mornings (2:43)
  5. 5 North Country Blues (4:36)
  6. 6 Only a Pawn in Their Game (3:34)
  7. 7 Boots of Spanish Leather (4:43)
  8. 8 When the Ship Comes In (3:19)
  9. 9 The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (5:50)
  10. 10 Restless Farewell (5:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1 All I Really Want to Do (4:07)
  2. 2 Black Crow Blues (3:17)
  3. 3 Spanish Harlem Incident (2:28)
  4. 4 Chimes of Freedom (7:14)
  5. 5 I Shall Be Free No. 10 (4:51)
  6. 6 To Ramona (3:54)
  7. 7 Motorpsycho Nitemare (4:36)
  8. 8 My Back Pages (4:27)
  9. 9 I Don't Believe You (4:26)
  10. 10 Ballad in Plain D (8:21)
  11. 11 It Ain't Me Babe (3:34)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Subterranean Homesick Blues (2:19)
  2. 2 She Belongs to Me (2:52)
  3. 3 Maggie's Farm (3:56)
  4. 4 Love Minus Zero/No Limit (2:51)
  5. 5 Outlaw Blues (3:01)
  6. 6 On the Road Again (2:36)
  7. 7 Bob Dylan's 115th Dream (6:34)
  8. 8 Mr. Tambourine Man (5:34)
  9. 9 Gates of Eden (5:46)
  10. 10 It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (7:35)
  11. 11 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (4:16)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Like a Rolling Stone (6:02)
  2. 2 Tombstone Blues (5:55)
  3. 3 It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (3:29)
  4. 4 From a Buick 6 (3:10)
  5. 5 Ballad of a Thin Man (5:51)
  6. 6 Queen Jane Approximately (5:01)
  7. 7 Highway 61 Revisited (3:18)
  8. 8 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (5:11)
  9. 9 Desolation Row (11:17)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (4:30)
  2. 2 Pledging My Time (3:53)
  3. 3 Visions of Johanna (7:34)
  4. 4 One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) (4:58)
  5. 5 I Want You (3:05)
  6. 6 Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again (7:10)
  7. 7 Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat (4:00)
  8. 8 Just Like a Woman (4:53)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine (3:26)
  2. 2 Temporary Like Achilles (5:03)
  3. 3 Absolutely Sweet Marie (5:00)
  4. 4 4th Time Around (4:39)
  5. 5 Obviously 5 Believers (3:36)
  6. 6 Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (11:21)
Disc 9
  1. 1 John Wesley Harding (2:57)
  2. 2 As I Went Out One Morning (2:50)
  3. 3 I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine (3:52)
  4. 4 All Along the Watchtower (2:32)
  5. 5 The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest (5:31)
  6. 6 Drifter's Escape (2:47)
  7. 7 Dear Landlord (3:17)
  8. 8 I Am a Lonesome Hobo (3:20)
  9. 9 I Pity the Poor Immigrant (4:12)
  10. 10 The Wicked Messenger (2:03)
  11. 11 Down Along the Cove (2:21)
  12. 12 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (2:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Dylan Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals
Michael Bloomfield Guitar
Al Kooper Organ, Piano, Musician
Robbie Robertson Guitar
Joe South Bass, Guitar, Musician
Kenny Rankin Guitar
Dick Wellstood Piano
Pete Drake Steel Guitar
Bobby Gregg Drums
Harvey Brooks Bass
Wayne Butler Trumpet
Kenny Buttrey Drums, Musician
Al Gorgoni Guitar
Paul Griffin Organ, Piano
Jerry Kennedy Guitar, Musician
Bruce Langhorne Guitar
Will Lee Bass
Herb Lovelle Drums
Wayne Moss Guitar, Musician
Frank Owens Piano
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano, Musician
Russ Savakus Bass
Henry Strzelecki Bass, Musician
Charlie McCoy Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Trumpet, Musician, Bass Harmonica
Bill Aikins Keyboards, Musician
Joseph Macho Jr. Bass
Herb Collins Guitar
Jaime Robertson Musician
Lee Gaskin Bass
Technical Credits
Jesse Fuller Composer
Blind Lemon Jefferson Composer
Curtis Jones Composer
Bukka White Composer
Bob Dylan Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Adaptation
John Hammond Sr. Producer
Eric Von Schmidt Composer
Charlie Bragg Engineer
Fred Catero Engineer
Roy Halee Engineer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Bob Johnston Producer
Larry Keyes Engineer
Frank Laico Engineer
Fred Plaut Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Tom Wilson Producer
George Knuerr Engineer
Greil Marcus Liner Notes
Stacey Williams Liner Notes
Robert Waller Engineer
John Berg Cover Photo
Don Hunstein Cover Photo
Ted Brosnan Engineer
Sandy Speiser Cover Photo
Barry Feinstein Cover Photo
Tom Tierney Source Material
Glenn Korman Tape Research
Traditional Composer
Matt Kelly Tape Research
Steve Berkowitz Reissue Producer
Maria Triana Producer
Pete Dauria Engineer
Didier Deutsch Tape Research
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