Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding

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SUPERB SOUND and UNUSUALLY QUIET VINYL on both sides — I don’t think we’ve ever had a copy this amazing! Both sides earned our Top Grade of A+++. This copy has the bass, fullness & vocal presence that are hard to come by for this album. The title track, Dear Landlord, I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, All Along the Watchtower and I Pity The Poor Immigrant are just some of the most memorable songs here.

It’s incredibly difficult to find copies that sound as good as this one does and play as quietly on even one side, let alone both.

It’s not a perfect record or a Demo Disc by any stretch of the imagination. But you’ll have a very hard time finding a copy that presents the music as well as this one does.

Believe us, John Wesley Harding is one of the tougher nuts to crack in the Dylan canon. The typical pressing is a veiled, smeary nightmare. The harmonica sounds noticeably squawky and unpleasant on the majority of copies we’ve played over the years; you really have to work to find a copy with the warmth, smoothness and correct tonality to get the recording to sound right.

Adding to these sonic problems is the fact that most copies suffer from the kind of condition issues common to practically every old Dylan record you might run into. Taken together you are sure to have one rough shootout on your hands. 

TRACK LISTING

Side One

John Wesley Harding 
As I Went Out One Morning 
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine 
All Along the Watchtower 
The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest 
Drifter’s Escape

Side Two

Dear Landlord 
I Am a Lonesome Hobo 
I Pity the Poor Immigrant 
The Wicked Messenger 
Down Along the Cove 
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight

AMG Review

Bob Dylan returned from exile with John Wesley Harding, a quiet, country-tinged album that split dramatically from his previous three. A calm, reflective album, John Wesley Harding strips away all of the wilder tendencies of Dylan’s rock albums — even the then-unreleased Basement Tapes he made the previous year — but it isn’t a return to his folk roots. If anything, the album is his first serious foray into country, but only a handful of songs, such as “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight,” are straight country songs. Instead, John Wesley Harding is informed by the rustic sound of country, as well as many rural myths… The music is simple, direct, and melodic, providing a touchstone for the country-rock revolution that swept through rock in the late ’60s.