The long-awaited next volumes in Mobile Fidelity’s successful series of Bob Dylan albums have been announced: a 2-LP 45rpm edition of Oh Mercy is available now, and a further 2-LP 45rpm configuration of Love and Theft is due later this month. This follows a 33rpm remaster of Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, already available. (All three titles are also available on hybrid stereo SACDs from MoFi.)
1989’s Oh Mercy represented something of a return-to-form for Bob Dylan, who, after a few consecutive uninspiring albums, linked up with producer Daniel Lanois for an album that, as MoFi puts it, “mesmerizes with brilliant songwriting, inspired performances, atmospheric feel, and visionary production.” In short, it’s the kind of album that can really benefit from the label’s widely praised 45rpm remaster treatment. For Oh Mercy, MoFi has utilized their “world-renowned mastering system,” though they haven’t represented that the original master tape was used for this reissue. Still, MoFi notes that “at 45RPM speed…the music benefits from a spaciousness, tonality, and surrealism no prior edition delivers. The extra groove space, too, seemingly gives each note its own physical dimension…[it] simultaneously immerses and surrounds you. Its clarity, dynamics, and extension also reach new heights throughout.”
Meanwhile, 2001’s “Love and Theft” – due August 28 – has been mastered from the original master tapes, pressed on dead-quiet vinyl at RTI, and presented at 45rpm across two LPs. It’s limited to only 3,000 copies, all hand-numbered. The remaster “reveals the you-are-there immediacy of Dylan’s production and the colorful textures inherent to every passage.” The 45rpm presentation “permits the extraction of more information, the songs possess a sense of swing and naturalism so sure-footed that they seem to float, with Dylan and his crack ensemble setting up as a live band taking down the house in a deep-in-the-woods Louisiana shotgun shack. Prized aural traits such as presence, imaging, separation, and soundstaging depth don’t come better. This is the very definition of sonic chemistry.” If prior albums in the series are anything to go by, this will no doubt be a joy to listen to.
At this time, you can order Oh Mercy and “Love and Theft” from Music Direct. The former is currently unavailable directly from Amazon. It’s on back order from Music Direct, but more copies are coming from the manufacturer. You’ll find Amazon links for “Love and Theft,” arriving August 28, below.
- Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
- Summer Days
- Bye and Bye
- Lonesome Day Blues
- Floater (Too Much to Ask)
- High Water (For Charley Patton)
- Honest with Me
- Po’ Boy
- Cry a While
- Sugar Baby