Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline (1969) [MFSL 2016]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 26:37 minutes | Scans included | 1,1 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 502 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2126
John Wesley Harding suggested country with its textures and structures, but Nashville Skyline was a full-fledged country album, complete with steel guitars and brief, direct songs. 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. While there are a handful of lightweight numbers on the record, at its core are several excellent songs – “Lay Lady Lay,” “To Be Alone With You,” “I Threw It All Away,” “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You,” as well as a duet with Johnny Cash on “Girl From the North Country” – that have become country-rock standards. And there’s no discounting that Nashville Skyline, arriving in the spring of 1969, established country-rock as a vital force in pop music, as well as a commercially viable genre.
01. Girl from the North Country [with Johnny Cash]
02. Nashville Skyline Rag
03. To Be Alone with You
04. I Threw It All Away
05. Peggy Day
06. Lay, Lady, Lay
07. One More Night
08. Tell Me That It Isn’t True
09. Country Pie
10. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You
Mastered by Shawn R. Britton, Assisted by Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.