Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde and Some Bad Side Fours

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  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides, this was one of the better copies we heard in our most recent shootout – quiet vinyl too!
  • You won’t believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more – they all sound phenomenal
  • 5 stars: “Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play. It’s the culmination of Dylan’s electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again.” 

This album is an essential addition to any Dylan collection, and we work hard to find worthy copies. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s tough to find great pressings of any of Dylan’s 60’s albums, really. It takes a well-mastered copy to get the vocals and the harmonica — key elements of course — to sound smooth, full-bodied and clear. Any pinched quality will be obvious to the listener. You lose a lot of points for that shortcoming here at Better Records.

What to Listen For (WTLF)

Here are some things we specifically listen for on a record by Mr Bob Dylan – whether from 1966 or 1986, makes no difference to us.

Our hottest Hot Stamper copies are simply doing more of these things better than the other copies we played in our shootout.

The best copies have:

  • Greater immediacy in the vocals (most copies are veiled and distant to some degree);
  • Natural tonal balance (many copies are at least slightly brighter or darker than ideal; those with the right balance are the exception, not the rule);
  • Good solid weight (so the bass sounds full and powerful);
  • Spaciousness (the best copies have wonderful studio ambience and space);
  • Tubey Magic, without which you might as well be playing a CD;
  • And last but not least, transparency, the quality of being able to see into the studio, where there is plenty of musical information to be revealed in this sometimes simple, sometimes complex and sophisticated recording.

We Noticed, But Has Anyone Else?

Here’s a little something that you may have come across on your own, but we’ve never seen mentioned anywhere else.

There is a stamper used on some Blonde on Blonde side fours that is so ridiculously bad, you might as well be listening to a warped cassette underwater. I mean, we pick on mediocre copies all the time here, but these side fours are so beyond terrible it’s clear someone was asleep at the wheel. They’re almost fascinating to hear in a way, because it’s simply shocking that a good recording could sound THAT bad. Like the best pressings of our favorites (but in a VERY different way), words don’t do it justice. Its awfulness has to be heard to be believed.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 
Pledging My Time 
Visions of Johanna 
One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)

Side Two

I Want You 
Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again 
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat 
Just Like a Woman

Side Three

Most Likely You Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine
Temporary Like Achilles
Absolutely Sweet Marie
4th Time Around
Obviously 5 Believers

Side Four

Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

AMG 5 Star Rave Review!

Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play. Leavening the edginess of Highway 61 with a sense of the absurd, Blonde on Blonde is comprised entirely of songs driven by inventive, surreal, and witty wordplay, not only on the rockers but also on winding, moving ballads like “Visions of Johanna,” “Just Like a Woman,” and “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands.” Throughout the record, the music matches the inventiveness of the songs, filled with cutting guitar riffs, liquid organ riffs, crisp pianos, and even woozy brass bands (“Rainy Day Women #12 & 35”). It’s the culmination of Dylan’s electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again.