Numbered edition Hybrid Mono SACD
Dylan's loosest 1960s effort
Recorded in one day: whimsical feel, surrealist lyrics
The ever-evasive Bob Dylan never explicitly stated exactly what represented the "another side" of himself referenced in the title to his second 1964 record. Yet the whimsical moods, hallucinogenic prose, humorous angles, transparent mistakes, and noncommittal themes give a pretty clear idea at what the Bard hinted as he emerged from being labeled as a reluctant generation spokesperson and folk savior after releasing two highly intellectual, socially pioneering sets replete with protest songs. Dylan needed to take a breath, step back from the drama, and reevaluate his surroundings. Another Side of Bob Dylan is all that and more.
Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic album from the original master tapes and making it available on Hybrid SACD. The end result is the very finest, most transparent digital stereo edition of Another Side of Bob Dylan ever produced. Be there as the Minnesota native spends the evening of June 9, 1964 in Columbia's Studio A and, displaying an openness he'd never before revealed in a formal environment, lays down the songs that compromise his fourth album.
Featuring minimal editing, Another Side of Bob Dylan is naked, truthful, and whimsical. Mobile Fidelity's reissue illuminates the artist's condition-he laughs in the midst of songs, experiences a few false starts, hits a couple of bum notes, occasionally sings as if he's stumbling down a Manhattan sidewalk after having one too many at a smoky pub, prizes rawness over perfection-with microscopic accuracy.
The uninhibited joie de vive is discernable in the rattling piano lines on "Black Crow Blues," seemingly subconscious ramble of the hysterical folk rhyming of "Motorpsycho Nightmare," bluesy dream sequencing throughout "I Don't Believe You," and intentionally out-of-tune yodeling during "All I Really Want to Do."
|1. All I Really Want to Do|
|2. Black Crow Blues|
|3. Spanish Harlem Incident|
|4. Chimes of Freedom|
|5. I Shall Be Free, No. 10|
|6. To Ramona|
|7. Motorpsycho Nightmare|
|8. My Back Pages|
|9. I Don't Believe You|
|10. Ballad in Plain D|
|11. It Ain't Me Babe|