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Bob Dylan Bootleg Vol. 9 / Mono Box / Best of Mono News

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by LoveandTheft, Jul 27, 2010.

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  1. LoveandTheft

    LoveandTheft Forum Resident Thread Starter

  2. Trainspotting

    Trainspotting Senior Member

    Los Angeles
    Mono Dylan?

    Who hoo!!
  3. ClausH

    ClausH Senior Member

  4. Mark

    Mark I Am Gort, Hear Me Roar Staff

    Boy, does this sound promising.
  5. dolstein

    dolstein Senior Member

    Arlingon, VA
    I thought the Mono Box was a great idea for the Beatles. It's a great idea for Dylan too. Now if only we could get mono boxes for the Rolling Stones, the Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, Lovin Spoonful and the Mamas and the Papas.
  6. shepherdfan

    shepherdfan Western European Socialist Music Lover

    Eugene, OR
    I'm in for both. These are the kinds of things which make 4th Quarter music buying the stuff that we look back upon in our memories.
  7. apple-richard

    apple-richard Overnight Sensation


  8. CraigVC

    CraigVC Senior Member

    Portland, OR
    Can someone paste the text of article for us? I'm getting:

    "www.bobdylanisis.com could not be found. Please check the name and try again."

  9. Marc 74

    Marc 74 Senior Member

    West Germany,NRW
  10. Sean Murdock

    Sean Murdock Forum Intruder

    Bergenfield, NJ
    As much as I'm sure I'll buy Bootleg 9, and I'm sure there are tracks on there that I'll be glad to have, I'm still burnt out on the 1960s releases. Bootleg 8 was such a breath of fresh air for the Bootleg Series, I was really hoping for a live Born Again release, more studio stuff from late-1970s/early-1980s, or even the long-rumored original Blood On The Tracks acetate. I was hoping for a "Complete Basement Tapes" someday, but the remastered standard release in 2009 probably put that on hold indefinitely.

    As for the mono CDs, I've been pretty happy with the Sundazed LPs -- I wonder if these new remasterings will be worth buying them again. I can't argue with their release, though -- I'm glad they are making them available.
  11. I'm always excited about new Dylan releases, but I think Sony could have found more exciting stuff than the Witmark and Leeds demos to use on a new "Bootleg Series" release. They have already released tons of stuff from the 1961-66 period and many of the demos (they have circulated among fans for decades) are just not that great. They were just intended to get the songs down on tape for copyright purposes and were never meant for public consumption, so the performances are often less inspired than his studio and live recordings from the same period.

    With that said, there are also some very good reasons to release this stuff. Several interesting Dylan songs that have never been released appear on the Witmark and Leeds tapes. There's the humoristic "All Over You", the topical "Long Ago, Far Away" (recorded by Odetta on her excellent "Odetta Sings Dylan" album) and the sad "Ballad For A Friend", as well as a few other songs little known outside a small circle of hardcore Dylan fans. There are also several demo versions that are quite different from the more well known, officially released versions. Listen for example to the Witmark version of "Tomorrow Is A Long Time". The words and the melody are the same, but the performance is so different from the official version (that was recorded live at Town Hall in 1963) that it's like a different song.

    I'm looking forward to BS9 and it will sure be a release worth having, but I would have preferred something from the "gospel years", a more comprehensive "Basement Tapes" set, expanded BOTT, Carnegie Hall 1963 etcetera. I realize that you can't always get what you want.
  12. bRETT

    bRETT Senior Member

    Boston MA
    I wonder when the boot series will get around to the Never Ending Tour, or whether that's too daunting a prospect by now. Just covering the guest stars and unreleased songs would take a boxed set of its own.
  13. Edgard Varese

    Edgard Varese Royale with Cheese

    Te Wai Pounamu
    These both seem an attractive option. :)

    I'd imagine the mono box will be a bit cheaper than that other mono box as well. :whistle:
  14. 905

    905 Senior Member

    Midwest USA
    Happy about the mono box, but I was hoping for a Gospel era bootleg.
  15. joelee

    joelee Senior Member

    For those (like me) that couldn't open OP's link:
  16. Uh oh - here we go again. I can just hear the stereo apologists now - "Hey, just cause Dylan participated in and personally approved all the mono mixes - while the stereos were done three weeks later in five minutes by the studio janitor in the middle of the night after sweeping out the control room, doesn't make the stereos any less valid or legitimate..." :rolleyes:

    While I'm pretty happy with my needledrops from the original mono vinyl presses, this is still great news, especially if they do a good job on the remastering. A couple of cuts from "Highway 61" in particular - thinking specifically of "Queen Jane" and "Tom Thumb" - could definitely use some sprucing up soundwise.

    And I'll take as many good sounding original 60's demos of Dylan's stuff as Columbia wants to throw at us...
  17. Tom in Houston

    Tom in Houston Forum Resident

    Always glad to get mono mixes - to listen for differences in old favorite albums, and to play in the car (all passengers hear all the music, not just the channel they are closest to).

    Does anyone know if there has been discussion of stereo vs. mono from those who recorded Dylan? Is there a point in time when emphasis switched from the mono master to the stereo master as with the Beatles?

    Anybody see a reason to draw the line on the mono box before Nashville Skyline?

    I've enjoyed my Witmark Demos bootleg. It will be nice to have a "best sources" version from Sony this fall.
  18. Sure - no more original mono mixes after "John Wesley Harding"...:(
  19. Evan L

    Evan L Beatologist

    And The Who!

  20. Tom in Houston

    Tom in Houston Forum Resident

    Asked and answered. Thanks.
  21. Halloween_Jack

    Halloween_Jack Senior Member

    Hampshire, UK
    Any word yet on whether the mono set is going to be limited edition? Still reeling financially from pre-ordering that Station to Station box set :eek:
  22. DeeThomaz

    DeeThomaz Senior Member

    In The Felony Room
    Really? Perhaps you've forgotten the "consumer friendly" pricing on the (maddeningly essential!) 3CD edition of TELL TALE SIGNS?

    I suspect Sony was as impressed as anyone at the success of The Beatles set and intends to follow the exact same model, including the premium pricing (though, with fewer discs, perhaps it will be somewhat cheaper).

    I wonder which version of the BOB mono they will use for the CD? There is a dizzying array of mix variations to wade through.
  23. Edgard Varese

    Edgard Varese Royale with Cheese

    Te Wai Pounamu
    I was actually thinking of the Miles Complete Collection box when I wrote that. :laugh: I take your point.
  24. bluesbro

    bluesbro Forum Hall of Shame

    I'll buy Volume 9, but I was also expecting something from another decade.

    I dont think I'll spend on the mono box. This is not in the holy grail territory, as the Beatles mono box was.
  25. Plan9

    Plan9 Mastering Engineer

    Toulouse, France
    "Bob Dylan" in mono was reissued on CD in 2005... They already forgot? :laugh:
    So this means we'll have a new remastering of this title apparently...
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