Fifteen albums from the prestigious Bob Dylan catalog have been making quite a splash — selling beyond all expectations and reaping unanimous praise along the way. Repackaged with extensive liner notes and photos, this bulky set of hybrid Super Audio CDs (playable in both regular CD players and Super Audio CD players, and remastered in stereo and/or 5.1 surround) are supposedly a preview of what's to come. And who among us wouldn't welcome better sounding Dylan CDs with open arms? The 15 titles cover 40 years, comprising the biggest and brightest from the master's canon: Free Wheelin', Another Side Of Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, Planet Waves, Blood On The Tracks, Desire, Street Legal, Slow Train Coming, Infidels, Oh Mercy, and Love And Theft.
Each upgrade is a firecracker waiting to explode. It's magical to hear the pronounced clarity of "Blowin' In The Wind" and "Like A Rolling Stone," while the surround mixes on six of the titles offer whole new dimensions into "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Just Like A Woman" and "Tangled Up In Blue." More importantly, each album is a significant milestone in the career of the famed troubadour — from the politically charged, folk beginnings of the early 60s to the laid back, country-flavored records of the late 60s on through the early 70s with the Band, the spiritual and diverse offerings of the late 70s and 80s, and right up to his most recent studio release from 2001. A box set containing all 15 CDs is also available if you're feeling frisky and have some extra cash on hand. Whichever way you chose, it looks like the never-ending tour just got longer...
~ Shawn Perry