A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.
This is a 2-pack of two Mono pressings, each with a killer Triple Plus (A+++) side. The White Hot sides are amazingly spacious, full-bodied, natural and clear with great presence. We greatly prefer the best Mono pressings to the best stereo copies, but they are very hard to come by.
This is our favorite of the early Dylan albums for both music and sound! We’re picking up both mono and stereo copies when we see them clean (which is rare) but the best mono copies truly take this music to a whole new level.
Those of you who follow the site closely know how much trouble we have finding great sounding Dylan records. If you want to hear these songs sound better than you ever imagined, you won’t want to miss out on this one.
The best copies (like this one) are incredibly natural and realistic sounding, adding to the emotional power of these great songs by putting Bob Dylan right there in the room with you. Just check the track listing — this album is chock full of top Dylan material. And a White Hot Stamper mono copy played on an excellent system puts nothing between you and the music, letting you appreciate Dylan’s craft completely. Hearing this one is an experience I won’t soon forget to say the least. Dylan ain’t for everyone, but if you’re going to have just one of his records in your collection, this would be a very strong pick.
This 2-pack is actually comprised of the two best sounding copies in our shootout, meaning the flipsides of the A+++ sides are pretty darn good in their own right. We still felt the best move was to pair these up so someone could have the Ultimate Freewheelin’ Experience the way we were able to. Trust me on this: when you hear the A+++ side one, you’re going to want an A+++ side two as well!
Blowin’ in the Wind
Girl from the North Country
Masters of War
Down the Highway
Bob Dylan’s Blues
Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Bob Dylan’s Dream
Talking World War III Blues
Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance
I Shall Be Free
It’s hard to overestimate the importance of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, the record that firmly established Dylan as an unparalleled songwriter, one of considerable skill, imagination, and vision. At the time, folk had been quite popular on college campuses and bohemian circles, making headway onto the pop charts in diluted form, and while there certainly were a number of gifted songwriters, nobody had transcended the scene as Dylan did with this record…. This is rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America as much as that of Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams, or Elvis Presley. Dylan, in many ways, recorded music that equaled this, but he never topped it.