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· BOB DYLAN - HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED - ORIGINAL 1965 COLUMBIA STEREO LP CS-9189
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
· ULTRA-RARE ALTERNATE PRESSING (MISPRESSING) WITH A DIFFERENT, LONGER, VERSION OF “FROM A BUICK SIX” WITH EXTENDED HARMONICA INTRO (ACTUALLY, AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT VERSION OF THE SONG ALTOGETHER!)
· *** PROMOTIONAL COPY; THE RECORD HAS STOCK LABELS; HOWEVER, THE PRESENCE OF THE PROMO-ONLY POSTER IS A DEAD GIVEAWAY OF THE PROMOTIONAL PRESSING ***
· INSANELY RARE PROMO-ONLY EDITION OF THE ALBUM WITH PROMO-ONLY POSTER OF BOB DYLAN INCLUDED WITH THE ALBUM
· ORIGINAL RED & WHITE “360 STEREO” COLUMBIA LABEL (IMPORTANT NOTE: ALTERNATE VERSIONS OF THIS ALBUM ONLY EXISTS AS STEREO PRESSINGS; NO ALTERNATE VERSIONS IN MONO HAVE EVER BEEN FOUND.
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
· COVER IS STILL IN ITS ORIGINAL SHRINK (CELLOPHANE) WRAP WITH A NIFTY STICKER STILL AFFIXED TO THE WRAP.
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
· CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
· MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) ENDS WITH '-1A/-1A'. ON SOME LABELS, SUFFIX '–1' DENOTES THE VERY FIRST, ORIGINAL PRESSING) ; ON THIS TITLE, SUFFIX –1 (FOLLOWED BY ANY LETTER) ON SIDE “A” SIGNIFIES THE RARE, ALTERNATE PRESSING OF THE ALBUM.
· MACHINE-STAMPED MATRIX NUMBER IN TRAIL-OFF VINYL (DEAD WAX) OF THE RECORD
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
(Note: this is a REAL image of the ACTUAL item you are bidding on. This is NOT a "recycled" image from our previous auction. What you see is what you’ll get. GUARANTEED!)
This is the Mount Everest of Rock & Roll. The towering mountaintop of modern American music.
For its extraordinary contribution to the modern music, superb production, craftsmanship, fine musicianship, revolutionary significance and influence it exerted on numerous generations of musicians, writers and general public, or for some other innate quality, this album was voted one of top-200 albums of all time in one of the largest poll of critics, music reviewers, professionals and producers ever organized: the poll, which was conducted by Paul Gambaccini, legendary BBC Radio A&R man, surveyed more than 50 top music professionals (including Roy Carr, Jonathan Cott, Robert Christgau, Cameron Crowe, Chet Flippo, Ben Fong-Torres, Charlie Gillett, Greil Marcus, Murray the K., Lenny Kaye, Bruce Morrow (a/k/a "Cousin Brucie"), Tim Rice (of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Evita" fame), Lisa Robinson, Robert Shelton (who wrote liner notes for Bob Dylan's first album), Ed Ward, Joel Whitburn, Pete Wingfield, etc.). For more details, see: "Critics Choice: Top-200 albums" compiled by Paul Gambaccini, Omnibus Press, Library of Congress Catalog No.7855565 (or ► click here for the complete album listing)
Note: it remains unclear – as is the case with most of Dylan’s musical and business decisions – why he (or someone else at Columbia) decided to, at the very last moment, replace the faster, rowdier version of the “From the Buick Six” with the slower, more mellow version which is found on regular pressings of this album. What we do know for fact is that, at a time, Dylan was involved in a feud with Tom Wilson (who produced “Like a Rolling Stone” and received a very reluctant – minor – co-producer credit on the album’s cover) over Dylan’s musical direction and overall “feel” of his music. Dylan reportedly felt that Wilson was “electrifying” his music too much too fast and making it artificially more commercial. Needless to say, Wilson would soon – during the sessions for this album, as a matter of fact – get booted and lose his position as a Dylan’s in-house producer (hey, guys – don’t mess around with Bob D !!!) . Our assumption – which we are unable to substantiate – is that this, earlier, version of “From the Buick Six” was produced by Tom Wilson, and that Dylan didn’t like it, replacing it with a slower version produced by his next Columbia producer, Bob Johnston, who received a major credit as the album’s chief producer. Our personal feeling is that Tom Wilson was a sheer genius, that he did a phenomenal job on “Like a Rolling Stone” (I mean, for crying out loud, according to a recent poll, it is a #1 song of all time), and that Bob Dylan made a major mistake in having him sacked. But, hey – that’s only our opinion. Who knows what actually happened? From this perspective, 50 years later, probably not even Bob Dylan can remember why the song was replaced with another version. It remains a fact that, with or without Tom Wilson, Highway 61 Revisited remains one of two or three greatest Rock albums ever recorded.
The PROMOTIONAL, RADIO STATION-, AUDITION OR DEMONSTRATION COPIES AND RELEASES (such as the one we have here) were often distributed among the radio stations before the record was released to the public, sometimes as much as four months ahead. These records are generally considered to be the "first among equals", which is to say the VERY FIRST generation and the VERY FIRST pressings of the particular title; a PROTOTYPE and the earliest known official pressing of the record.
Finding a MINT original copy - AND ALTERNATIVE PRESSING - AND PROMO-ONLY PRESSING WITH THE RARE POSTER - AND STILL IN SHRINK WRAP - AND WITH THE RARE HYPE STICKER, TOO - of this Rock MILESTONE?!?! Forget it – not even a HOPE!!! This may be the last one you will ever see.
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(IMPORTANT NOTE: unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!; we grade records under the strong, diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
(a) WE GRADE THE VINYL AS NEAR MINT. Some VERY LIGHT AND SUPERFICIAL abrasions – mostly sleeve scuffs - are (barely) visible, but are probably inaudible, and do not affect visual integrity or beauty of the vinyl. The original luster is very much intact, and the vinyl shines and sparkles almost like new.
(b) The record is STILL in its original inner, perforated plastic baggy.
(c) The album comes with the incredibly rare PROMOTIONAL-ONLY poster of Bob Dylan included, still neatly folded under the shrink wrap and probably untouched by human hand!
(d) The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which w