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Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) {MONO} [MFSL 2017] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) [MFSL 2017]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 Mono > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 49:39 minutes | Scans included | 2,04 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Mono (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,09 GB
MONO | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2178 Monoural

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. There are a couple (very good) covers, with “Corrina Corrina” and “Honey Just Allow Me One More Chance,” but they pale with the originals here. At the time, the social protests received the most attention, and deservedly so, since “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Masters of War,” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” weren’t just specific in their targets; they were gracefully executed and even melodic. Although they’ve proven resilient throughout the years, if that’s all Freewheelin’ had to offer, it wouldn’t have had its seismic impact, but this also revealed a songwriter who could turn out whimsy (“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”), gorgeous love songs (“Girl From the North Country”), and cheerfully absurdist humor (“Bob Dylan’s Blues,” “Bob Dylan’s Dream”) with equal skill. 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.

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Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:10:33 minutes | 1,33 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia

On his first LP of original songs in nearly a decade—and his first since reluctantly accepting Nobel Prize honours in 2016—Bob Dylan takes a long look back. Rough and Rowdy Ways is a hot bath of American sound and historical memory, the 79-year-old singer-songwriter reflecting on where we’ve been, how we got here and how much time he has left. There are temperamental blues (“False Prophet”, “Crossing the Rubicon”) and gentle hymns (“I’ve Made Up My Mind to Give Myself to You”), rollicking farewells (“Goodbye Jimmy Reed”) and heady exchanges with the Grim Reaper (“Black Rider”). It reads like memoir, but you know he’d claim it’s fiction.And yet, maybe it’s the timing—coming out in June 2020 amidst the throes of a pandemic and a social uprising that bears echoes of the 1960s—or his age, but Dylan’s every line here does have the added charge of what feels like a final word, like some ancient wisdom worth decoding and preserving before it’s too late. “Mother of Muses” invokes Elvis and MLK, Dylan claiming, “I’ve already outlived my life by far.” On the 16-minute master stroke and stand-alone single “Murder Most Foul”, he draws Nazca Lines around the 1963 assassination of JFK—the death of a president, a symbol, an era and something more difficult to define. It’s “Key West (Philosopher Pirate)” that lingers longest, though: Over nine minutes of accordion and electric guitar mingling like light on calm waters, Dylan tells the story of an outlaw cycling through radio stations as he makes his way to the end of U.S. Route 1, the end of the road. “Key West is the place to be, if you’re looking for your mortality,” he says, in a growl that gives way to a croon. “Key West is paradise divine.”

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Bob Dylan – Murder Most Foul (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bob Dylan – Murder Most Foul (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 16:54 minutes | 329 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia

At midnight on March 27, 2020, Bob Dylan released “Murder Most Foul”, his first studio release since 2017’s Triplicate and first original song release since 2012’s Tempest. He noted on Twitter that fans “might find [the song] interesting” and also to “stay safe, stay observant”.

With a title likely derived from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the song revolves around the circumstances of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and its ensuing impact on popular culture, making many references to songs, films, musicians, artists, and celebrities who would come to prominence in the years following President Kennedy’s death.

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Bob Dylan & The Band – The Basement Tapes (1975/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192 kHz]

Bob Dylan & The Band – The Basement Tapes (1975/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:17:16 minutes | 3,89 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:17:16 minutes | 1,63 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Genre: Rock | © Columbia – Legacy

“The Basement Tapes” is singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s sixteenth studio album. The album’s tracks were recorded at house’s in and around Woodstock, New York between the years 1967 and 1968.

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Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming (1979/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192 kHz]

Bob Dylan – Slow Train Coming (1979/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 46:49 minutes | 2,26 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 46:49 minutes | 1,02 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Genre: Rock | © Columbia

“Slow Train Coming” is the nineteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on August 20, 1979 by Columbia Records. It was Dylan’s first effort since converting to Christianity, and all of the songs either express his strong personal faith, or stress the importance of Christian teachings and philosophy. The evangelical nature of the record alienated many of Dylan’s existing fans; at the same time, many Christians were drawn into his fan base. “Slow Train Coming” was listed at #16 in the 2001 book CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

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Bob Dylan – Travelin’ Thru, 1967 – 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 15 (Remastered) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bob Dylan – Travelin’ Thru, 1967 – 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 15 (Remastered) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:13:44 minutes | 2,48 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

On this 15th volume, Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series contains a treasure which, until now, only listeners of pirated CDs were privy to. With 50 tracks, Travelin’ Thru 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series vol. 15 gives an inside look on the different stops Dylan made in Nashville, the Mecca of country music, between 1967 and 1969, and especially on the legendary recording sessions done with Johnny Cash as well as those for his albums John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait. The meeting of these two figureheads of twentieth century music happens at a key moment. Rock’n’roll reigned supreme all over the world during the late 60s, as everyone tried to outdo each other’s decibel levels over a backdrop of the Vietnam War which had been raging since 1965. After his flamboyant trilogy Bringing It All Back Home/Highway 61 Revisited/Blonde On Blonde, Bob Dylan takes things down a notch with simpler sounds accompanied by a smaller ensemble. Here, he is celebrating classic rock’n’roll and country music by emphasising its singularity and reminding us of its links to the roots of North American pop music. Ever the elusive icon of counterculture, a label he always hated, Dylan tackles an almost historical repertoire, distancing himself from any hippie connotations which were so in style at the time. His voice is fundamentally opposite to Johnny Cash’s, yet here they both engage in a pulsing, no-frills paso doble which is as symbolic as it is forthright.

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Bob Dylan – Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid (1973) [MFSL 2019] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Bob Dylan – Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973) [MFSL 2019]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:25 minutes | Scans included | 1,42 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 774 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2202

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid is the 12th studio album and first soundtrack album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on July 13, 1973 by Columbia Records for the Sam Peckinpah film, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Dylan himself appeared in the film as the character “Alias”. The soundtrack consists primarily of instrumental music and was inspired by the movie itself, and included “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, which became a trans-Atlantic Top 20 hit.

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Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 10:32:09 minutes | 10,8 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

In 2002, Dylan dedicated volume 5 of his Bootleg Series to his famous Rolling Thunder Revue, his legendary tour from Autumn 1975/Spring 1976, which until then had only been featured on the album Hard Rain. A 57-concert adventure that followed the release of one of his best albums, Blood On the Tracks, on which he collaborated with his ex Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Joni Mitchell, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Kinky Friedman, Bob Neuwirth, T-Bone Burnett, David Bowie’s guitarist Mick Ronson and violinist Scarlet Rivera. It was an exceptional tour, partly because of how unconventional it was in the writer’s career. The songs of Dylan (who was 34 and in an emotionally chaotic time in his life) found an original style, blending folk tradition (the spirit of Woody Guthrie prevails throughout), an informal “friendly” atmosphere, and a modern spirit thanks in part to Ronson’s glam guitar. Moreover, the Zim transformed his several-month tour into a rock circus where the prevailing real fake artistic chaos took on the form of supreme art.

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Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings (Remastered Sampler) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings (Remastered Sampler) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:40 minutes | 541 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

“A comprehensive anthology of music from the mythic first leg of Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking Rolling Thunder Revue. The collection also provides the listener with an intimate insider’s seat for recently unearthed rehearsals at New York’s S.I.R. studios and the Seacrest Mote in Falmouth, MA plus a bonus disc showcasing one-of-a-kind performances from the tour. Bob Dylan – The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings serves as a companion piece to the new film, “”Rolling Thunder Revue – A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese,”” premiering on Netflix on June 12.

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Bob Dylan & Grateful Dead – Dylan & The Dead (1989/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Bob Dylan & Grateful Dead – Dylan & The Dead (1989/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:05 minutes | 485 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Quite possibly the worst album by either Bob Dylan or the Grateful Dead, the live Dylan & the Dead completely squanders its promise. Working from an intriguing selection of songs it includes staples like “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and more obscure gems like “Joey” the Dead and Dylan contribute listless, meandering versions that are simply boring. Both artists have done much better reportedly they have done better together, according to various bootleg fans but Dylan & the Dead is a sad, disheartening document.

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