Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding

Artikkelnr.: MFSL 2-423

Mobile Fidelity - Audiophile Recording - Dobbel (2) 180g LP 45rpm - Nummerert Vinyl

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Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding on Numbered Edition 180g 45RPM Vinyl 2LP from Mobile Fidelity

Stripped-Back, Unobtrusive 1967 Album a Mellow Return to Dylan's Roots and Harbinger of Country Rock: Ranked #301 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time List

Hear the Musical Cousin to Dylan and The Band's The Basement Tapes in Extraordinary Fidelity: Transparent 45RPM Vinyl 2LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System

Leave it to Bob Dylan to follow three of the most pioneering electric-based albums in history by again deviating from the norm and straying from expectation. Hinting at a return to his folk roots and firmly pointing toward the field that became country rock, John Wesley Harding breathes with relief and freshness, the sound of an artist re-engaging with the past, forging a future, and stepping into new realms after recovering from an accident and unimaginable pressure.

Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTIthis restored 45RPM analog version presents the 1967 album with the finite details and impressionistic tones. Immediately notable for the slimmed-down instrumentation, brisk flow, and simple approach, the record continues to endure via a rustic, era-defying naturalism tied to the organic sounds and warm production swathing Dylan's acoustic guitar, mellow voice, breezy harmonica, and minor accompaniments. All of these traits translate with incredible realism and lifelike air on this reissue, which also brings out the low end of Charlie McCoy's bass with a previously unheard supple character. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.

Recorded around the same time as the sessions that yielded The Basement TapesJohn Wesley Harding came together after just three studio sessions and approximately 12 hours of time. While many specifics are shrouded in mystery, a majority of songs are tied to Biblical figures, ominous matters, and morality themes. Making not just a clear sonic break from his most recent efforts, but a songwriting transformation as well, Dylan embraces a strict economy of scale, dropping beat-poetry techniques in favor of stanzas that waste no words and progress narratives at every turn. It's as if the Bard is saying that truth is spoken here. Few, if any artists, have captured the American myth and its population of immigrants, drifters, and outlaws with such convincing scope and parabolic sagacity.

Combined with the lyrical evolution and unabashed move towards country conventions, Dylan manages to turn popular music on its side, forging a subdued hybrid style no other peers had yet attempted. Arriving during a period of intense experimentalism and psychedelia, John Wesley Harding functions as a sigh of relief, a piano- and pedal steel-flavored set steeped in requisite simplicity in an environment that was increasingly marked by chaos and madness.

Climbing to number two on the Billboard charts and quickly tallying one million in sales, the pared-down work resonated with a public ensnared by its myriad charms. Then, of course, there's the utter brilliance of every one of the songs here, each seemingly occupying a timeless space that suggests they could've been made in 1967, 1937, or 2007. With "All Along the Watchtower," Dylan landed upon a tune that would soon become one of the most-covered and revered tracks in history. And yet it isn't even a standout on an album on which every note just belongs.

Ranked the 301st greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone, it's nothing less than seminal. Secure your numbered copy today.

 

JOHN WESLEY HARDING 
Artist Bob Dylan
Tittel John Wesley Harding
Sjanger Pop / Rock 
Mastret av Krieg Wunderlich ass. by Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 
Format Vinyl - 180g / 45 rpm
Antall plater
Lydkvalitet Audiofil
Plateselskap Mobile Fidelity
Utgivelsesdato 1967 / 2015 
Platenummer MFSL 2-423 
Spilletid  
Diverse Nummerert vinyl
Opplag Special Limited Edition 
JOHN WESLEY HARDING
Nr SIDE 1
01       John Wesley Harding
02 As I Went Out One Morning
03 I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
Nr SIDE 2
01 All Along The Watchtower
02 The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest
03 Drifter's Escape
Nr SIDE 3
01 Dear Landlord
02 I Am A Lonesome Hobo
03 I Pity The Poor Immigrant
Nr SIDE 4
01 The Wicked Messenger
02 Down Along The Cove
03 I'll Be Your Baby Tonight