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  Bob Dylan: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
  "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan"

Bob Dylan
Track listing:
  1. Blowiní in the Wind
2. Girl From the North Country
3. Masters of War
4. Down the Highway
5. Bob Dylanís Blues
6. A Hard Rainís A-Gonna Fall
7. Donít Think Twice, Itís All Right
8. Bob Dylanís 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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Review by analogue August 30, 2012 (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
We sacd lovers are getting pretty beaten up. How many times do we gotta buy the same releases over and over again. Yes...things have gotten a tad better but still.......labels just have to keep releasing the same material don't they?

This Bob Dylan album is an all time classic. It has easily handled the test of time and its virtually 50 years old. His voice turns some listeners off but his lyrics and his performance are extraordinary. This album features Dylan .his acoustic guitar and harmonica and save for one track that's all there is. His voice is close-miked so he's there with you. A truly great recording for a folk album.

Steve Berkowitz who was responsible for the original sacd releases of the many Bob Dylan sacd's made mention in an open music forum discussion that something went wrong with the original releases. I own many of them and they sound decent enough. Not perfect mind you....they were hard edged and a little loud at times but good transfers.

But I found the original Freewheelion release rather special. It was and still is a fantastic sounding disc.

Now Mofi is releasing six Dylan titles and all but one have already been released by Sony about 8 years ago. I was wondering how Mofi's version of Freewheelin would fair considering that they are far from consistent. Would they cut out the hiss that is very present in the masters..........would they dull it down and tame it?

They did a good job.

I would not in the least bit be surprised if the casual listener thought they were the same disc. They are remarkably similar its true. But there are also differences. Sony's version is a little bigger and bolder and a tad louder and punchier but tape hiss is there. It might be compressed very judiciously. On this Sony version Dylan is in your room with you. The harmonica sound is incredible at times and literally is suspended in the air. Think of the 2nd track at the tail end and you'll understand what I mean.

Mofi's is ever so slightly softer and gentler in a more organic way and has a more subtle dynamic range and again......nice tape hiss.. Its also more relaxed....almost casual. It really all comes down to what the individual prefers. On the Mofi you can pick up light sounds that are not present on Sony's version but the Sony reaches the listener with a more advance edge.

They are both excellent discs. Both have their virtues and both should be owned. And the same tape source was used.

Highly recommended.

Yes...........we music lovers are nuts......I know.

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