Bringing It All Back Home

BOB DYLAN: Bringing It All Back Home (Sundazed)Bringing It All Back Home shocked fans when it first came out with its raucous leadoff track (and Dylan's first top-40 single), "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Recorded in three short days in January 1965, Dylan broke all musical boundaries with this album, producing a remarkable collection of songs unlike anything else up to that time. He may have made waves by 'going electric,' but the amazing thing about this album was that while it had the requisite folk tunes that fans expected, it also contained songs of introspection and paranoia, alongside beautifully poetic love songs--all within the confines of a single album. The album's 11 tracks contained a focus and power that, up to this point, no other recording artist had managed to attain. It was so influential to the evolution of music that, shortly after the album's release, even The Beatles began looking to Dylan for inspiration.

From start to finish, Bringing It All Back Home is one of Dylan's most enduring statements, containing some of Dylan's greatest songs and performances. Now, for the first time in over 30 years, Sundazed has just reissued the original mono version of this pivotal album in all its analog glory on 180-gram vinyl. The sound quality is outstanding. Surface noise on the review copy was practically nonexistent. Dylan fans, take note--if you don't already have a copy, you need one. As for the newbies, if you're looking for an addition to (or you're just starting) your Dylan collection, this is the perfect place to start.

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