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Understated 1962 Debut Launched Immeasurably Influential Career
Album Stands as Clearest Connection to Dylans 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 Dylans Voice, Acoustic Guitar, and Harmonica into Lifelike Perspective
Bob Dylans 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 Fidelitys 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 theyve ever come to master tape-quality. Transparent to the source, the simple sounds of Dylans voice, acoustic guitar, and harmonica take on lifelike perspective and dimensionsthe husk and bark to which Robert Shelton referred in his now-legendary New York Times review of a Dylan appearance at Gerdes 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 ears.
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 Dylans name or music is to miss the forest for the trees. Distinguished from the eras 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 hed 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 Jeffersons 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 didnt, something that soon enough everybody had to know. Within a year, an album could put an adjective in front of the singers 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
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