Remastery

Among those feeling oppressed by the cultural hegemony of the '60s (and considering that horribly mummified "500 Greatest Albums" list Rolling Stone just published, who can blame them?), Bob Dylan doesn't hold much truck. Sure, he's a "major influence" with a giant fistful of "all-time classics." But it's 2003who could possibly care anymore? The answer, hopefully, is you, because Dylan's greatest records sound as spry as ever. They're classics because they're playful, not stodgy, despite the critical moss that's gathered round them lo these many years. The Untitled Bob Dylan Remasters Box Set (Columbia, $249.98) brings this home with astonishing clarity. Both figuratively and literallyBlonde on Blonde and Blood on the Tracks have never sounded better, even on my crappy computer speakers. Even 2001's magnificent "Love and Theft" benefits from the HACD remastering. Sure, it's a bit muchwhat is 1978's crappy Street-Legal doing here, especially with 1997's overrated but still excellent Time Out of Mind gone missing? Still, with a catalog as deep and rich as Dylan's, it's an easy oversight to forgive. And if $250 is a bit steep for you, rest assuredeach disc is available separately.

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