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White Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • With 10.5 pluses out of a possible 12, this copy was one of the best we heard in our recent shootout -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more - they all sound phenomenal
  • 5 stars: "Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play... It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again."
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Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home

  (Item #: dylanbring_1904_6_8_) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • An amazing Shootout Winning copy of this Dylan classic with Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These early pressings are can be killer - lively, transparent, and rich, with dramatically improved immediacy in the midrange
  • You will have a hard time finding another copy that sounds this good and plays quietly - we should know, no other copy in our shootout could touch this one
  • 5 stars: "With Bringing It All Back Home, he exploded the boundaries, producing an album of boundless imagination and skill. And it's not just that he went electric, either, rocking hard on "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Maggie's Farm," and "Outlaw Blues"; it's that he's exploding with imagination throughout the record."
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The Traveling Wilburys
Volume One

  (Item #: travetrave_1910) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • An amazing copy of the Wilburys debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout -- exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Proof that, when you put Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne in a recording studio together, something good is bound to happen
  • Certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, this album was Grammy nominated Album of the Year in 1989
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There never was a supergroup more super than the Traveling Wilburys... It's impossible to picture a supergroup with a stronger pedigree."
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White Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

  (Item #: dylanblood_1909) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A shootout winning copy of the only Dylan record to make our Top 100 list - this one earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) grades on the first
  • For musical, un-hyped acoustic guitars and vocals, the sound of this album is tough to beat in Dylan's catalog
  • The better copies are rich, warm, tubey and full-bodied - in other words, they are what's good about vintage analog
  • 5 stars: "...it's an affecting, unbearably poignant record, not because it's a glimpse into his soul, but because the songs are remarkably clear-eyed and sentimental, lovely and melancholy at once. Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Another Side of Bob Dylan (in Mono)

  (Item #: dylananoth_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A very special 360 Mono pressing of this Dylan classic, with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout and pressed on exceptionally QUIET vinyl - what are the chances?
  • Tonally correct, Tubey Magical, clear and present - here's a copy that can put a living, breathing, 23 year old Bob Dylan right between your speakers
  • Many of his most well-known songs are here: All I Really Want To Do, Chimes Of Freedom, My Back Pages, It Ain't Me Babe and 7 more
  • 5 Stars: "Another Side of Bob Dylan is a more varied record and it's more successful, too, since it captures Dylan expanding his music, turning in imaginative, poetic performances on love songs and protest tunes alike. ...The result is one of his very best records, a lovely intimate affair."
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Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1907_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb 360 Stereo pressing of Dylan's 1965 release with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • Live-in-Your-Listening-Room sound throughout - guaranteed miles beyond any copy you've ever heard
  • In the same way Sgt. Pepper changed music a mere two years later, Highway 61 Revisited left all of Dylan's contemporaries behind, scrambling to keep up with the standard it set
  • 5 stars: "Dylan had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster ... it proved that rock & roll needn't be collegiate and tame in order to be literate, poetic, and complex."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Bob Dylan
Bringing It All Back Home

  (Item #: dylanbring_1907) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding copy of the first of Dylan's two classics from 1965* boasts Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • It's also pressed on exceptionally QUIET vinyl for an early Dylan title - we really lucked out with how quiet this one played
  • Full-bodied, with much less of the harshness that plagues most copies - these early stereo pressings are the only way to hear Bob Dylan, in analog, sounding the way he should
  • 5 stars: "With Bringing It All Back Home, [Dylan] exploded the boundaries, producing an album of boundless imagination and skill. And it's not just that he went electric, either, rocking hard on 'Subterranean Homesick Blues,' 'Maggie's Farm,' and 'Outlaw Blues'; it's that he's exploding with imagination throughout the record."
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White Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
John Wesley Harding

  (Item #: dylanjohnw_1906_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A wonderful sounding original Columbia 360 Stereo pressing of this pivotal Dylan LP, with insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it on both sides
  • Here is the bass, richness & vocal presence that make John Wesley Harding one of the better sounding Dylan records from the late '60s
  • The title track, Dear Landlord, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, All Along the Watchtower and I Pity The Poor Immigrant are a few of the more memorable songs here
  • 5 stars: "The music is simple, direct, and melodic, providing a touchstone for the country-rock revolution that swept through rock in the late '60s."
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White Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

  (Item #: dylannashv_1907) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second, this copy has the real Nashville Skyline magic
  • A notoriously difficult record to find with the right sonics and surfaces - this one is about as quiet as they come
  • "Lay Lady Lay," "To Be Alone With You," "I Threw It All Away," "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" are true country-rock standards
  • 5 stars: "It's a warm, friendly album, particularly since Bob Dylan is singing in a previously unheard gentle croon — the sound of his voice is so different it may be disarming upon first listen, but it suits the songs."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides, this was one of the better copies of Blonde On Blonde we heard in our most recent shootout
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more - they all sound phenomenal
  • 5 stars: "Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play... It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1910_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This 360 Stereo pressing of Dylan's 1965 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet vinyl for a 360 LP too
  • In the same way Sgt. Pepper changed music a mere two years later, Highway 61 Revisited left all of Dylan's contemporaries behind, scrambling to keep up with the standard it set
  • 5 stars: "Dylan had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster ... it proved that rock & roll needn't be collegiate and tame in order to be literate, poetic, and complex."
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Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changin'

  (Item #: dylantimes_1808_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Oustanding sound throughout on this 360 stereo pressing, with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • The key to this stark recording - just Bob and his acoustic guitar and harmonica - is correct tonality, presence and intimacy, and here you get a good helping of all three
  • If you've played other copies of the album - on MoFi, Sundazed or Columbia LP, on the CD, on whatever - the Tubey Magic of the midrange of this pressing is going to blow your mind.
  • His classic 3rd LP (1964) - all original and often groundbreaking material
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan & The Band
Before The Flood

  (Item #: dylanbefor_1905_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on sides one and four and Double Plus (A++) sound on the other two sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Dylan and The Band team up for exuberant versions of many classics from each of their repertoires - a copy like this lets you appreciate just how wonderful the performances are
  • "Dylan reworks, rearranges, reinterprets these songs in ways that are still disarming, years after its initial release... "
  • "Without qualification, this is the craziest and strongest rock and roll ever recorded. All analogous live albums fall flat."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited

  (Item #: dylanhighw_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This vintage Stereo pressing of Dylan's 1965 landmark release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Clean stereo pressings of this album are ridiculously hard to come by these days, not to mention the fact that few copies will sound as good as this one does
  • In the same way that Sgt. Pepper revolutionized the music scene a mere two years later, Highway 61 left all of Dylan's contemporaries behind, scrambling to keep up with the standard he set as far back in '65
  • 5 stars: "Dylan had not only changed his sound, but his persona, trading the folk troubadour for a streetwise, cynical hipster ... it proved that rock & roll needn't be collegiate and tame in order to be literate, poetic, and complex."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quieter Vinyl)

Bob Dylan
Blonde On Blonde

  (Item #: dylanblond_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides and fairly quiet vinyl, this was one of the better copies of Blonde On Blonde we heard in our most recent shootout
  • You won't believe how big, rich and full this album can sound on a copy this good
  • Includes tons of quintessential Dylan classics: Rainy Day Women, I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and more - they all sound phenomenal
  • 5 stars: "Blonde on Blonde is an album of enormous depth, providing endless lyrical and musical revelations on each play... It's the culmination of Dylan's electric rock & roll period — he would never release a studio record that rocked this hard, or had such bizarre imagery, ever again."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Nashville Skyline

  (Item #: dylannashv_1811_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Dylan classic with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The right 360 pressings always win the shootouts - they have more of the Tubey Magical intimacy the recording needs
  • "Lay Lady Lay," "To Be Alone With You," "I Threw It All Away," "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You," and the duet with Johnny Cash on "Girl From the North Country" have become country-rock standards
  • 5 stars: "It's a warm, friendly album, particularly since Bob Dylan is singing in a previously unheard gentle croon — the sound of his voice is so different it may be disarming upon first listen, but it suits the songs."
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Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

  (Item #: dylanfreew_1903_6_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This 360 stereo copy has outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You'll find this copy surprisingly spacious, full-bodied and natural, with relatively few of the problems that plague most pressings
  • It's clear these classic songs have stood the test of time: Blowin' in the Wind; Girl from the North Country; Masters of War; A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall; Don't Think Twice, It's All Right and many more
  • 5 stars: "This is rich, imaginative music, capturing the sound and spirit of America... Dylan, in many ways, recorded music that equaled this, but he never topped it."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Traveling Wilburys
Volume One

  (Item #: travetrave_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this copy of the Wilbury's debut album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Proof that, when you put Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne in a recording studio together, something good is bound to happen
  • Certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, this album was Grammy nominated Album of the Year in 1989
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There never was a supergroup more super than the Traveling Wilburys... It's impossible to picture a supergroup with a stronger pedigree."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Oh Mercy

  (Item #: dylanohmer_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this pressing of Dylan's 1989 release
  • These sides were doing just about everything right - clean, clear and spacious with good weight down low and strong vocal presence
  • "Oh Mercy was hailed as a comeback, not just because it had songs noticeably more meaningful than anything Bob Dylan had recently released, but because Daniel Lanois' production gave it cohesion... at the time, this production made it seem like the equivalent of his '60s records, meaning that its artiness was cutting edge, not portentous..."
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Bob Dylan
Another Side of Bob Dylan (in Stereo)

  (Item #: dylananoth_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An early 360 Label Stereo copy of this early Dylan classic with very good Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The mono pressings are superb as well, but we were surprised at just how clear and present Dylan's voice sounded on this copy
  • Many classics are here: All I Really Want To Do, Chimes Of Freedom, My Back Pages, It Ain't Me Babe and 7 more
  • 5 Stars: "Another Side of Bob Dylan is a more varied record and it's more successful, too, since it captures Dylan expanding his music, turning in imaginative, poetic performances on love songs and protest tunes alike. The result is one of his very best records, a lovely intimate affair."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Blood On The Tracks

  (Item #: dylanblood_1909_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this is an outstanding Blood on the Tracks from start to finish
  • For musical, un-hyped acoustic guitars and vocals, the sound of this album is tough to beat in Dylan's catalog
  • The better copies are rich, warm, tubey and full-bodied - in other words, they are exactly what's good about vintage analog
  • 5 stars: "...it's an affecting, unbearably poignant record, not because it's a glimpse into his soul, but because the songs are remarkably clear-eyed and sentimental, lovely and melancholy at once. Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better."
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Bob Dylan
John Wesley Harding

  (Item #: dylanjohnw_1906_10_) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A wonderful sounding original Columbia 360 Stereo pressing of this pivotal Dylan LP, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Here is the bass, richness & vocal presence that are hard to come by on John Wesley Harding - the vinyl is about as quiet as we can find it too
  • The title track, Dear Landlord, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, All Along the Watchtower and I Pity The Poor Immigrant are a few of the more memorable songs here
  • 5 stars: "The music is simple, direct, and melodic, providing a touchstone for the country-rock revolution that swept through rock in the late '60s."
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Super Hot Stamper (with issue)

Bob Dylan
Oh Mercy

  (Item #: dylanohmer_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this pressing of Dylan's 1989 release
  • These sides were doing just about everything right - clean, clear and spacious with good weight down low and strong vocal presence
  • "Oh Mercy was hailed as a comeback, not just because it had songs noticeably more meaningful than anything Bob Dylan had recently released, but because Daniel Lanois' production gave it cohesion... at the time, this production made it seem like the equivalent of his '60s records, meaning that its artiness was cutting edge, not portentous..."
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Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan

  (Item #: dylanbobdy_1809_7_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding MONO copy of Bob Dylan's self-titled debut (recorded in mono) with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here have the immediacy, the warmth and the studio space the reissues fail to reproduce
  • "... a sterling effort, outclassing most, if not all, of what came before it..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Real Live

  (Item #: dylanreall_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This early pressing has exceptionally good Hot Stamper sound, showing you the midrange magic that’s surely missing from whatever 180g reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "... if it doesn't capture a historically significant tour, as Hard Rain did with the Rolling Thunder Revue, this is a better record all the same, capturing a working band -- a working band featuring ex-Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, no less -- on a pretty good night. ...it's a good, solid live album, his best live album since Before the Flood..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Empire Burlesque

  (Item #: dylanempir_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's close to it, this original pressing has the analog magic in its grooves
  • This vintage Columbia pressings plays as quiet as we can find them - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Say what you want about Empire Burlesque -- at the very least, it's the most consistent record Bob Dylan has made since Blood on the Tracks, even if it isn't quite as interesting as Desire. However, it is a better set of songs, all deriving from the same place and filled with subtle gems. ...this is every bit as slick as Street Legal, but now sounds more focused and more of its time... than it did upon its original release. ...this is as good as Dylan gets in his latter days."
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Bob Dylan
Knocked Out Loaded

  (Item #: dylanknock_1906) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb pressing of Dylan's 1986 release - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are super rich and full with excellent bass and tons of energy
  • "... the 11-minute epic "Brownsville Girl", co-written by Sam Shepard, has been cited as one of his best songs by some critics."
  • "... [Dylan's] scattershot approach has its charms, especially when it results in winding epics like the Shepard collaboration 'Brownsville Girl.'"
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Super Hot Stamper

Bob Dylan
Planet Waves

  (Item #: dylanplane_1906_2) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this superb pressing of Dylan's 1974 release
  • With wonderfully rich, natural tonality, these early pressings are by far the best way to hear the album sound the way it should
  • Lots of great material on this one, not sure why it doesn't get more respect: On A Night Like This, Going Going Gone, Forever Young, You Angel You... these are seriously good, very well-recorded songs
  • "Reteaming with the Band, Bob Dylan winds up with an album that recalls New Morning more than The Basement Tapes, since Planet Waves is given to a relaxed intimate tone..."
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Bob Dylan & The Band - Before The Flood

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: dylanbefor_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

One of the great Live Classic Rock albums of all time, now available in White Hot Stamper form! We recently undertook a massive shootout for this spirited double LP and three of the better sides from the whole shebang are on this here pressing. Sides one and two each earned our top grade of A+++, while side four clocked in at A++. Side three, as is often the case, was not quite up to the same standards.

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Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: dylanhighw_2012) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This 360 Label pressing has a SUPERB A+++ SIDE ONE backed with a strong A++ side two. We had a big stack of 360s and Red Labels with good stampers to compare, and this copy had a side one that could not be beat. It's got big time immediacy, tons of energy, loads of tubey magic and exceptional clarity. The bottom end is punchy with real weight and the soundfield is open, spacious and so transparent.

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Bob Dylan - Another Side of Bob Dylan

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: dylananoth_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

We played a bunch of these recently and only a very small handful of sides had enough magic to be considered Hot Stampers. The typical pressing loses its steam in (at least) one of two ways: honky mids and veiled vocals. The copies with the honk can be nearly unlistenable when Dylan starts blowing his harmonica, and the copies with veiled vocals and no real immediacy bored us to tears.

This copy has the magic on side two. The sound is full-bodied, natural, and rich with excellent presence and real depth to the soundfield.

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Bob Dylan - Another Side of Bob Dylan

Sundazed Mono Debunked

  (Item #: dylananoth_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

Another bad Sundazed record. Most of the Dylan catalog they did is just awful, regardless of what the reviewers at the time of their release may have written to the contrary.

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Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde

Sundazed Mono Junk

  (Item #: dylanblond_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

Flat as a pancake and dead as a doornail, like most Sundazed records. Sundazed is clearly one of the worst record labels of all time.

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Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde

Our Shootout Winner from 2019

  (Item #: dylanblond_2019) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

It takes a properly mastered, properly pressed copy like this one to get both Dylan's voice and harmonica -- two of the most critically important elements on any of his recordings -- to sound smooth, full-bodied and clear. Any pinched quality will be painfully obvious to the listener, and for that shortcoming you lose a lot of points here at Better Records. That said, upper-midrangy sound on any vintage Dylan record to one degree or another is almost always audible. The less the better, but none is really not an option.

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Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: dylanblood_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

For the first time ever, A+++ MASTER TAPE SOUND ON BOTH SIDES. We had to pair up two copies to do it, but the good sides on each were so exceptional, they were just begging to be put together. I’ve never heard this wonderful album sound quite this amazing.

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Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks

What to Listen For

  (Item #: dylanblood_wtlf_1) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what you should be listening for when critically evaluating your copy (or ours) of the album.

Many copies have no bass, while other copies are bright, a combination which ruins the sound of the acoustic guitars that dominate the album. On the better Hot Stamper pressings the bass will be deep and well-defined and the tonal balance will be correct.

The copies that fared the best in our shootouts were rich, warm, tubey and full-bodied -- in other words, analog sounding.

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Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan

Our Shootout Winner from 2013 in Mono

  (Item #: dylanbobdy_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

TWO AMAZING SIDES RATING AT OR NEAR A+++ for this the MONO pressing! It's beyond difficult to find copies of this album with good sound, but we managed to get a hold of a hot one here. This is a true solo album -- guitar, vocals and harmonica -- and it's a lot of fun to hear a young (20!) Dylan playing the way he might have played in the coffee shops and folk clubs of Greenwich Village.

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Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: dylanbring_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

TWO INCREDIBLE SIDES on UNUSUALLY QUIET VINYL! This may very well be the HOTTEST copy of Bringing It All Back Home to EVER hit the site, rating A++ on side one and earning top A+++ honors on side two. We pulled together enough clean pressings recently for a big shootout and this copy was the overall winner. The sound is lively, transparent and rich on both sides with excellent immediacy throughout. You will have an incredibly hard time finding another copy of this album that sounds so good and plays this quietly!

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Bob Dylan - Desire

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: dylandesir_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Two amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sides, huge and solid with tons of weight. Both sides are incredibly clean, clear and lively with lots of space around all of the instruments. Desire spent five weeks at Number One, mostly on the strength of the powerful and provocative "Hurricane."

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Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited

Sundazed Mono Debunked

  (Item #: dylanhighw_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame Pressing and another Sundazed record debunked.

I don’t think mono works for this album, so we never carried it nor recommended it.

Here are some records that we've found have the potential to sound amazing in MONO.

Here are some other records that we don't think sound very good in MONO.

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Bob Dylan - Infidels

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: dylaninfid_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This is one of the better sounding Dylan records from the '80s. It's not exactly Blood on the Tracks, the only Dylan album we think is qualified to be on our Top 100 Rock and Pop List, but it sounds good for a record from this era.

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Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: dylanjohnw_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

SUPERB SOUND and UNUSUALLY QUIET VINYL on both sides -- I don't think we've ever had a copy this amazing! Both sides earned our Top Grade of A+++. This copy has the bass, fullness & vocal presence that are hard to come by for this album. The title track, Dear Landlord, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, All Along the Watchtower and I Pity The Poor Immigrant are just some of the most memorable songs here.

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Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: dylannashv_2008) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

STUNNING MASTER TAPE SOUND ON SIDE ONE, BACKED WITH A TOP SHELF SIDE TWO! It ain’t easy to find Hot Stamper copies of this album, but when you play one like this it is worth all the trouble. When Johnny Cash starts singing, it is positively chilling. That's the Man In Black, folks, and the immediacy of this copy puts him right there in the room with you!

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Bob Dylan - New Morning

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: dylannewmo_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Side one of this Columbia pressing is RIGHT ON THE MONEY! That's where the great song If Not For You is found, and on this copy it is SMOKIN'. There's tons of energy, real texture to the vocals, and more presence than we heard elsewhere. Check out that BIG bottom end! This side earned our top A+++ grade.

Side two is strong as well, earning a plus and a half -- A+ to A++, as we say. The sound is clean, clear and transparent, but not quite as lively or present. It's still better than many of the copies we played against it.

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Bob Dylan - Planet Waves

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: dylanplane_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This White Hot Stamper copy of Planet Waves boasts not only great Bob Dylan sound, but some of the best sound for The Band that you'll ever hear! That's right, Dylan is backed by Messrs. Robertson, Danko, Helm, Manuel and Hudson on this album, and I don't know when we've ever heard such audiophile quality sound from that crew. It's a real treat to hear their signature styles without the cardboard-y, compressed quality we usually find on their albums.

Lots of great material on this album, not sure why it doesn't get more respect. On A Night Like This, Going Going Gone, Forever Young, You Angel You... these are wonderful, well-recorded songs.

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Bob Dylan - Street-Legal

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: dylanstree_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This copy has an insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) side one backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two.

Which breaks the rules a bit because most side twos earned a sonic grade that was about a half plus higher than the average copy's grade for side one. Side two most of the time just plain sounds better than side one, so when evaluating your copy be sure to check side two first to hear what is probably going to be the best sound on the album.

Here are some other albums with notable Side to Side Differences.

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Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

Our Mono Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: dylanfreew_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This is a 2-pack of two Mono pressings, each with a killer Triple Plus (A+++) side. The White Hot sides are amazingly spacious, full-bodied, natural and clear with great presence. We greatly prefer the best Mono pressings to the best stereo copies, but they are very hard to come by.

This is our favorite of the early Dylan albums for both music and sound! We're picking up both mono and stereo copies when we see them clean (which is rare) but the best mono copies truly take this music to a whole new level.

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Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'

Our Shootout Winner from 2009 in Mono

  (Item #: dylantimes_2009) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This 360 Label Original Columbia Mono LP, complete with the rare lyric sheet, has two LOVELY sounding sides that rate A++ or better. I was actually a big fan of the Sundazed Mono, but this has more of that Tubey Magic, richness, and overall naturalness that you find on old records, qualities that seem to be sorely lacking on even the best 180 gram remasterings. MoFi also did this record and ruined it in the process (shocker!).

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Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'

Our Shootout Winner from 2016 in Mono

  (Item #: dylantimes_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This amazing Mono pressing is the first Triple Triple copy to ever hit the site! Both A+++ sides are incredibly rich and warm, with dynamics and smoothness to the harmonica you almost never hear. As impressive as the best stereo copies can be, the mono version is our preferred mix for the album.

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Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin’

A Sundazed Winner!

  (Item #: dylantimes_sundazed) 



Sonic Grade: B

Sundazed finally gets one REALLY right! The mono version here MOIDERS the competition. (It’s a mono recording with stereo echo added -- how tough can it be?) Considering Sundazed's dismal track record, I wouldn't have thought they could do anything right.

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Bob Dylan - The Times They...

...jaw-droppingly good, and with quiet vinyl to boot...

  (Item #: dylantimes_testimonial) 



This letter comes from one of our best customers, our good friend Owais, who dropped us a line after he received his latest shipment of tasty Hot Stampers including a mono ’The Times They Are A-Changin’ and ’Bridge Over Troubled Water.’
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Bob Dylan and The Band - The Basement Tapes

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: dylanbasem_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This Columbia Double LP pressing has some of the very best sound we've heard for this album, with all four sides finishing strongly in a recent shootout. Of course, given the nature of these recordings, you don't get stunning sonics along the line of, say, Magical Mystery Tour or Dark Side Of The Moon, but at least you get to hear these great songs sound the way they were intended to, without the complications of bad mastering and pressing getting in the way.

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Bob Dylan Listening Test

Here’s One to Wet Your Whistle

  (Item #: dylannashv_wtlf) 



Presenting today’s Home Audio Exercise. Play your copy of Nashville Skyline -- on speakers, no fair cheating on headphones! -- and see if you can answer this question. At the beginning of one of the songs on this album two sounds are heard, neither of which is produced by an instrument, but could be said to have been produced by a singer. What are these two mysterious sounds?

If you have a good copy of the record, a good stereo and the ability to listen critically, you should have no problem figuring out what these sounds are. When you do, drop us an email. Until we come up with a better prize, for now we can offer you an extra 10% off your next order.

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Our Favorite Studios (First of a Series)

Columbia 30th Street Studios

  (Item #: allcolumbia30th) 



Columbia 30th Street Studios is one of our favorite recording venues. Click on the link above to find our in-stock Hot Stamper pressings of albums recorded at that location from 1949 to 1981. The list of recordings made there stretches from West Side Story to Kind of Blue, all the way up to Pink Floyd's The Wall in 1979. (Who knew?)
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The Traveling Wilburys - Volume One

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: travetrave_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

MASTER TAPE SOUND ON SIDE ONE backed with an excellent side two, both on very quiet vinyl! It took us ages to put together enough clean copies to get this shootout going again. Many of the pressings we played suffered from too much compression and a phony hi-fi quality. We knew there had to be great copies out there somewhere, so we kept dropping the needle until we found a few good men. Here’s the best of them all -- it rates our top grade of A+++ on side one and A++ on side two. Drop the needle on Handle With Care to hear how wonderful this music can sound when it’s cut right!

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Bob Dylan

  (Item #: _Dylan) 


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