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A New Side Of Dylan

BobWith the release of 15 classic Bob Dylan albums on the hybrid Super Audio CD format, Columbia/Legacy is initiating an ambitious sonic upgrade of the icon's CD catalog. Five albums in the series are also presented, for the first time, in 5.1-channel surround sound.

Like many current SACD titles, the Dylan series comprises dual-layer discs featuring a high-density layer carrying high-resolution, multichannel surround sound, as well as a two-channel stereo SACD version and a standard 16-bit, 44.1kHz layer. While an SACD player is required for playback of the high-resolution, multichannel layer, hybrid discs are forward- and backward-compatible, allowing playback on standard CD players.

Titles carrying multichannel mixes are "Blonde on Blonde," "Another Side of Bob Dylan," "Bringing It All Back Home," "Blood on the Tracks," "Slow Train Coming" and "Love and Theft." The series also includes "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," "Highway 61 Revisited," "John Wesley Harding," "Nashville Skyline," "Planet Waves," "Desire," "Street Legal," "Infidels" and "Oh Mercy."

"I didn't want to get into anything tricky where suddenly you're hearing Bob behind you," says engineer Michael Brauer, who created surround mixes for "Blonde on Blonde," "Another Side of Bob Dylan" and "Bringing It All Back Home." "I wanted to create more of a panoramic view in front. You don't hear the back but you notice that the width is beyond the speakers. It's very natural, there's nothing 'novelty' about it. You're opening up the picture without getting tricky, without getting distracted by surround sound."