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Reviews: Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home

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Review by Tom October 10, 2003 (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
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This album probably has more "hits" than most of the Dylan albums. It also is an early album. Some may not like Dylan's early sound. Not the best Dylan recording and I find the non-hits just OK. Still, gald I bought this one.

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Review by FivePointOne May 17, 2005 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Although I initially thought "I can't believe this SACD only has one review so far" I have to admit my lazyness has prevented me from offering my own review, so here it goes: Dylan's 1965 output included this album and the later "Highway 61 Revisited"--both classics. This one shows him shifting from folk to rock. Side 1 of the album has the hard-rocking, dreamlike electric songs (i.e. "Subterranean Homesick Blues" & "Maggie's Farm") while Side 2 had the materpiece acoustic folk songs, more introspective and obtuse than his earlier folk releases (i.e. "Gates of Eden" & "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) & "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"). Dylan's singing voice is in great shape. The sound quality from the remastering is very good. The multichannel 5.1 mix is nice. It isn't bad, but it isn't great. It certainly doesn't detract from the listening experience.

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Review by Zowie July 9, 2005 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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I bought the Limited Edition Box Set of Bob Dylan SACDs and I feel that this is the best disc from the set. This was not one of my favourites, but I have re-discovered it on SACD and its a revelation.

If you have the old standard CD copy the pop it in your player and listen to Its Alright Ma, then place this SACD disc in your player and compare......its amazing!

As a box set the quality of discs varies, with JWH being a poor effort, but there are certain albums including BIABH which are fantastic.

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Review by la nuit December 31, 2010 (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
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I've had an SACD player and 5.1 set-up for a few months now and have been building up a collection of albums in the format. I have around half a dozen of the Bob Dylan SACDs and, in general, they sound excellent, as does this particular album, Bringing It All Back Home.

You may therefore be wondering why I have rated the multichannel sonics with only one star. Well, I think it is important to review SACDs in comparison to the sound of the equivalent red book CD and compared to other SACDs of source material from the same era. On this basis, I cannot recommend BIABH on SACD.

If I play the red book 2003-remaster CD and have my Yamaha AV receiver "artificially" decode the stereo signal to 5.1 channels, it sounds (more-or-less) identical to the multichannel mix of the SACD. I therefore suspect that the engineers that worked on the SACD multichannel mix just decoded the stereo mix in a similar way. In other words, it is not a "true" multichannel mix in the way that, for example, early Elton John albums like Honky Chateau are, with beautiful separation of instruments to different channels.

Other SACDs of source material from the 60s/70s, like the afore-mentioned Honky Chateau, show what wonders SACD is capable of to a far greater extent than this release. Of course, I'm sure there are valid reasons for this difference in quality, relating to the source material the SACD engineers had to work with.

In conclusion, although this SACD release sounds great, if you are new to Bob Dylan and want to decide whether to buy the SACD or the remastered red book CD (both of which were released in 2003), my advice is to buy the cheaper CD because you may not notice any difference between the two.

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Review by progboy December 9, 2012 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (1965), SACD

"Bringing It All Back Home" was Dylan's first album in electric style and is one of the albums that was there for the big social change! :)

It's easy to overlook this album I suppose today considering it was recorded over 40 years ago. But way back then this album was really a "spokesperson album" of the apparent social dischord. But let's not get into the significance of this album again as this has been discussed already to death!

However yes times are a changin' BUT this album is still a groovy and great album. The dawn of modern rock and roll was upon us ....the Bealtes were moving from "I wanna hold your hand" to "Eleanor Rigby" and Dylan was bringing a more electric sound into his music. The music was changing......and so too were the times......

"Bringing It All Back Home" also contains one of my favourite Dylan tunes "Mr. Tambourine Man" which of course years later The Byrds really made famous.

Like "Freewheelin", this SACD remaster from Sony (2003) is exceptional and it sounds like Dylan is in my music room when I play this album. I think this is an essential SACD purchase and has a nice even mix all the way through.

Another album that you simply MUST hear !

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