Brian Hamilton-Smith wrote:
My copy has arrived and it sounds lovely, but...what's with the nasty visible scratch in the vinyl on Shelter From the Storm? It doesn't actually make the needle skip - but it looks like it should! Does anyone else's copy have this alarming reminder of why we gave up on vinyl in the first place?
Aside from that, this is stunning. Far more revelatory than the mono mixes of the 60s albums, I think. Listening to Big Girl Now as I type, I'm trying to recall when I was last so enraptured by a record...and I've played this record so often it has burned itself into my soul.
Is this the most important Dylan release in the last ten years? I think it is.
Yep - my copy has scratches on the second side, Brian - not great, I admit.
But yeah - definitely a timely reminder of how monumental the man once was.
Mine is, luckily, in great condition. So sorry to those whose record is scratched!
As I was checking, here is the thought I had after the relief of there being no scratch: I love the way the 180g vinyl feels. I have Giant Steps by Coltrane on 180g vinyl, and I love putting that on...not just playing it and hearing it, but actually putting it on. Hmmm.
For those of you who enjoy analog and vinyl, there was an interview on a very interesting podcast with comedian Marc Maron with Jack White ( http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/ ... jack_white
). They discuss White's new recording studio, his analog recording set up and his acetate press. There is a quick reference to a book about analog and digital sound in their conversation -- Perfecting Sound Forever, by Milner. It has really good reviews so far as I have been able to gather.