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TRUE STEREOSONG MIXES
360 SOUND COLUMBIA1967 PRESSING!!!
BLONDE ON BLONDE
USA - Columbia 360 Sound-2CS 841stereo
"true" STEREO 1967 ORIGINAL contains speaker separation
2LPset ::: 360 Sound Columbia Records 1967 FIRST pressing...
>>> This is theUN-censored females photo version (on the gatefold's inside.)
There is something about this album is difficult to define. It is the finale of Dylan’s unofficial trilogy of studio albums (Alongside Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited) recorded in barely over a year, from March ’65-May ’66 that established him as an electric rock and roll artist branching away from the folk community.
One thing that instantly sets this album apart from the others in the “trilogy” is its length. The only double album of the bunch, clocking in at a whopping seventy-one minutes, it easily towers over single albums Bringing It All Back Home (Forty-seven minutes) and Highway 61 Revisited (Fifty-one minutes). Because of this it may be easy to that it is brim with filler, but this is not the case. There is no real filler, just songs that are lesser than others.
Blonde on Blonde opens with “Rainy Day Women #12 and #35”, which is far from his best lyrically, but is lots of fun with its dual meaning chorus “Everybody must get stoned”, wedged between studio members laughing. This leads into “Pledging My Time”, a bluesy number which is not hugely interesting musically, but certainly appealing with almost universally relatable lines such as “Well, early in the mornin', Til late at night, I got a poison head ache, But I feel all right.” All of this builds up to the seven minute “Visions of Johanna”, a long winding lyrical masterpiece that is perhaps the best thing Dylan ever did. Side 1 then closes with “One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)”, which is a bit of a grower. Upon first listen it may seem long-winded and somewhat boring, but at a certain point its raw honesty and emotion seem to fit in perfectly with its slow pace, revealing a fantastic song.
Side two is the highlight of the album. Although the best song (“Visions of Johanna”) lies on side one, side two has the best flow of songs. It opens with “I Want You”, a short and sweet ode of an unconventional love (Or lust?). This is immediately followed by “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again”, another lyrically brilliant seven minute song most likely written as an expression of Dylan’s disillusionment with being in between the folk and electric communities. Side two’s penultimate track, “Leopard-Skin-Pillbox-Hat”, another grower, which is speculated to be about everything from the titular hat to Edie Sedgwick, an actress and model associated with the Warhol factory. Interestingly enough, the following song “Just Like A Woman” was supposedly inspired by Edie Sedgwick. “Just Like A Woman” is a fantastic song and side closer both musically and lyrically.
Side 3 is possibly the weakest side, but this is not to say that it is in anyway of poor quality. The highlight is “4th Time Around”, a fairly nostalgic reflection on a young romance occasionally seen as a reference to The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood”. The issue with this side seems to be that it’s simply just a bit lacking compared to the others. There’s no seven minute, long winding metaphorical journeys like “Johanna” or “Stuck Inside of Mobile”. Most of the appeal here is more musical than lyrical, which is fine, but when listening to Dylan you can expect to find some lyrical brilliance.
Side four consists of the lone eleven-minute ode to Dylan’s then wife Sara Lownds “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands”, which was publicly acknowledged to be about Sara in Dylan’s ’76 song “Sara”. Like most of the album, it has a somewhat slow melody and beautiful, brilliant, and surreal lyrics.
While its length may be a deter to it at times, Blonde on Blonde is, on the whole, a brilliant effort from Mr. Dylan and among his very best. Blonde on Blonde-Approved!
A: Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Pledging My Time
Visions of Johanna
One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)
4:58 B: I Want You
Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Just Like a Woman
4:56 C: Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine
Temporary Like Achilles
Absolutely Sweet Marie
4th Time Around
Obviously 5 Believers
3:39 D: Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands
CONDITION: The Cover: rated: near "EX" (excellent) or better, front and back cover is solid all over ... the thick gatefold cover is super-clean representing a great UP-GRADEand way way better than usually seen from '67...all very crisp, the seams are strong,no delete marks,no writing ...very collectible49 year old artifact...the uncensored photos are inside the gatefold.
The Vinyl: the 2 Lp's (all 4 sides) are glossy & shiny, rated: VG++ and better over the 4 sides ... the audio is actually pretty excellent throughout. Far better than most surviving copies out there. AllFOUR360 Sound stereo labels are clean
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GRADING SCALE: M, M-, EX, VG++,VG+, VG, VG-
M Completely clean, no marks
M- Carefully used, looks clean, plays clean, shiny gloss, no marks
EX Faint scuff or superficial mark, near M-, high gloss, plays clean
VG++Glossy withminimal scuffing or light mark playing very nice, clean
VG+ a bit more scuff or markls still plays well with very minimal surface at worse
VG more marks/scratches only minor, nothing deep, no loud clicks or pops
this grade is abused by many, VG here does not mean "trashed"
VG- surface noise present, will not have skips or jumps
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