Bob Dylan: The Best of The Mono Box (CD) - £2.99 @ Amazon

Bob Dylan: The Best of The Mono Box (CD) - £2.99 @ Amazon

Found 20th Apr 2011
A bit of an odd one this. This is a sampler for Bob Dylan''s 8 album "Mono Box" as released in 2010 i.e. 15 tracks from Dylan's '62-'68 period in their original mono format.

Thing is, rather than thinking of it as a 'sampler', I reckon it makes a pretty good greatest hits set in its own right. Normally a reasonable £5 at Amazon/Play (note: play are also showing the reduced price). Currently £9 at HMV, £8.49 at CD-Wow.

Amazon description...
Selected tracks from Bob Dylan’s first eight albums, from 1962’s Bob Dylan to 1968’s John Wesley Harding as he mixed them and as they were originally meant to be heard – in mono.

1. Song to Woody
2. Blowin' in The Wind
3. The Times They Are A-Changin'
4. Chimes of Freedom
5. It Ain't Me Babe
6. Subterranean Homesick Blues
7. Mr. Tambourine Man
8. Like a Rolling Stone
9. Tombstone Blues
10. Positively 4th Street
11. Rainy Day Women #'s 12 & 35
12. Just Like a Woman
13. I Want You
14. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
15. All Along The Watchtower

Note: For the completists, this contains one track unavailable in mono on CD, namely 'Positively 4th Street'. But, if you're a completist you already knew this and have already bought it :-)
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Well, good...but I'd want it in stereo.
Odd one this...Neither hot nor cold.

I told you it's an odd one I wasn't sure it was worth a post or not...

Much like the Beatles Mono set, some of it's supposed to sound better, other tracks are lacking. Here's a section of Amazon's own review of the boxset itself which shows the duality...

It’s the early, acoustic albums that benefit most: stereo versions b … It’s the early, acoustic albums that benefit most: stereo versions brutally divided up the elements of voice, guitar and harmonica on the debut, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin’ and Another Side of Bob Dylan. As for the electric material, Blonde on Blonde’s epic Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands sounds significantly sweeter and more focused in mono, while Bringing It All Back Home sounds bolder and punchier throughout, with the excellence of the bass-playing on It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue particularly brought into focus. However, surprisingly it is not all one-way traffic, as illustrated by Like a Rolling Stone, which here sounds dismayingly sterile compared to the powerful stereo mix that has become far more familiar down the years. Meanwhile, the mono mixes on Stone’s parent album Highway 61 Revisited are sometimes shorter by half a minute – not a good thing when we’re talking about one of history’s all-time classics. John Wesley Harding sounds sharper and harder, but it’s noticeable how much less eerie is the monaural The Wicked Messenger.

I've got the Highway 61 Mono LP and it really does sound different to the stereo version. The accents of the instruments are different. The track which seemed best suited to mono was Desolation Row, a pretty sparse track as far as instrumentation goes. It left me thinking that mono is good for tracks with minimal instrumentation while stereo is better for busier tracks.
Yeah, looking at your summing up, you also said "Odd one this" I swear I never even read that !
Nice to see it got well over 100 though.
Got this and love it - forgot to say thanks for the spot pal.
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