Bob Dylan: Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid

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MASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES AND LIMITED TO 2,500 NUMBERED COPIES

On the surface, Bob Dylan's Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid serves as a potent soundtrack to Sam Peckinpah's western of the same name. Dating from 1973, the Grammy-nominated set continued a rustic current Dylan explored on prior efforts such as Nashville Skyline and John Wesley Harding. It also demonstrated the singer could successfully lend his talents to a film and produce music that not only illuminated the mood, personalities, and actions on screen but exist and thrive independent of them. Yet Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid is much more, and most importantly, finally receives its just sonic due more than four decades after its initial release

Mastered from the original master tapes on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system, and strictly limited to 2,500 numbered copies, this hybrid SACD features reference-level instrumental separation and full-bodied tones that allow the songs to blossom amidst soundstages whose dimensions are limited only by the breadth of your stereo system. The flinty, raw acoustic edge of Dylan and Bruce Langhorne's guitars come into immediate relief. Booker T. Jones' relaxed albeit taut bass, Jolly Roger's down-home banjo, Russ Kunkel's textured bongos, and the crucial string accompaniments similarly flourish.

Indeed, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid remains both distinctive and intriguing for the cast Dylan assembled for its creation – and their collective performances. Echoing Ry Cooder's adventurous, epoch-defying journeys that would soon follow, the 10-track album effortlessly breathes with country, folk, blues, and old-time pop flavors. A-list collaborators, including drummer Jim Keltner, fiddler Byron Berline, and Byrd legend Roger McGuinn, assist Dylan in making instrumental portraits such as the pensive "Catalina Theme (Working for the Law") and the spry "Turkey Chase" teem with detail, character, and a definite sense of place. Heard anew on Mobile Fidelity's exquisite remaster on SACD, they take on deeper meaning and convey elevated levels of enjoyment.

Of course, we should mention the other main reason why Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid remains one of Dylan's most famous works: "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Transcending the mere status of song, the Bard's simple albeit poignant tune was ostensibly about Sheriff Colin Baker's death in Peckinpah's film yet has gone on to become nothing short of an anthem – a symbolic hymn whose expressiveness encompasses resilience, sorrow, forgiveness, readiness, and more. Covered by dozens of artists and, most famously, by Guns N' Roses, who turned it into a live staple recognized by new generations of fans, the classic is here in its original form, never sounding more significant than it does now.

Dylan's series of three "Billy" numbers, the record's other vocal tracks, also hold up to any other fare in the vocalist's rich catalog. There's not a misstep here or vacant feeling on this expertly executed album, which, for Dylanologists and historians, also represented the icon's first original material in three years – and a prelude to his reunion with the Band and, ultimately, 1975's bracing Blood on the Tracks. In every regard, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid reigns as a towering statement.

PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID
Artist Bob Dylan 
Tittel Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid 
Sjanger Pop / Rock  Soundtrack
Mastret av Original Master Recording 
Pressing Plant  
Format CD / SACD  (Hybrid SACD )
Antall plater
Lydkvalitet Audiofil
Plateselskap Mobile Fidelity
Utgivelsesdato 1973 / 2018 
Platenummer UDSACD 2202 
Spilletid  
Diverse Nummerert! ULTRADISC UHR GAIN 2
Opplag 2500 

 

PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID
Nr          TITTEL       TID
  PART 1  
01 Main Title Theme (Billy)
Tambourine – Russ Kunkel
 06:06
02 Cantina Theme (Workin' For The Law)
Bongos – Russ Kunkel
02:56 
03 Billy 1
Harmonica - Bob Dylan
03:55 
04 Bunkhouse Theme  02:15 
05 River Theme
Backing Vocals - Byron Berline, Priscilla Jones
01:30 
  PART 2   
01  Turkey Chase
Banjo – Jolly Roger (5)
Fiddle – Byron Berline
03:33
02 Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Backing Vocals – Carol Hunter
Bass – Terry Paul
02:32 
03 Final Theme
Backing Vocals – Carol Hunter
Cello – Fred Katz, Ted Mivhel
Recorder, Flute – Gary Foster
05:22 
13 Billy 4 (Recorded In Mexico City)
Harmonica – Bob Dylan
05:02 
14 Billy 7
Vocals – Bob Dylan
02:09