ORIGINAL MASTER RECORDING

BOB DYLAN

THE FREEWHEELIN’ BOB DYLAN [MONO]

UDSACD 2178

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A Numbered, Limited-Edition, Hybrid SACD, Sourced from Original Master Tapes.

Dylan's 1963 Sophomore Effort Marks the Beginning of a Cultural Sea Change

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t's the album that ignited sea changes in pop culture, music, songwriting, poetry, and the social consciousness.   It's the creation of a 22-year-old visionary still years away from casting a jaundiced eye to the media. It's the sound of change, the feeling of ground shifting beneath one's feet, and the entrance of an entirely new way of thinking.   It's the effective beginning of what's arguably the boldest career in music history, the yawning vortex into the complex mind, supernatural wordplay, and folk techniques of a vocalist/guitarist whose name is forever associated with transformation.   It's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan.

This is the very finest, most transparent digital stereo edition of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan ever produced.   Never before has the resonance of his nylon guitar strings, fingerpicked notes, shivering harmonica fills, or plainspoken timbre possessed such clarity, openness, body, or realism.

Exponentially surpassing the potential he demonstrated on his debut, Dylan became a mirror of the concerns, issues, and feelings confronting the nation.   Writing and singing with penetrating honesty, observational wit, moral conviction, and scathing emotion, he digs into the madness of war (“Masters of War,” “A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall”), hypocrisy of segregation (“Oxford Town”), urgency of civil rights and freedom (“Blowin' in the Wind”), and multiple angles of unrequited love (“Girl From the North Country,” “Don't Think Twice It's All Right”) with a literate astuteness and depth that, nearly 50 years later, still leave audiences slack-jawed.   Satire, absurdist humor, and traditional blues also pepper the album, which rests upon graceful melodies and sparse, poignant patterns.

Viewed as protest songs, love songs, folk songs, or talking blues songs, the material on The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan remains amongst the most astonishing and imaginative ever committed to tape.


  1. Blowin' in the Wind
  2. Girl From the North Country
  3. Masters of War
  4. Down the Highway
  5. Bob Dylan's Blues
  6. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
  7. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  8. Bob Dylan's Dream
  9. Oxford Town
10. Talking World War III Blues
11. Corrina, Corrina
12. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance
13. I Shall Be Free




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