Street Legal [Remastered]

Street Legal [Remastered]

by Bob Dylan

SACD(Super Audio CD)

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Arriving after the twin peaks of Blood on the Tracks and Desire, Street Legal features a set of songs with no connecting themes, and Bob Dylan replaced the sprawl of the Rolling Thunder Revue with a slick, professional big band featuring a horn section and several backing vocalists. The interesting thing about this 1978 release is that, despite the music and slick production, the songs are as dense as anything Dylan had written since before his motorcycle accident. So, Street Legal becomes an interesting dichotomy: although the arrangements might discourage close listening, the album is filled with songs that deserve attention. And Street Legal is fascinating for just that reason -- in another setting, these are songs that would have been hailed as near-masterpieces. Consequentially, it's not surprising that, while some consider Street Legal a missed opportunity, there are factions of Dylanphiles that find the album worth the time. [In 2003, Columbia/Legacy reissued 15 selected titles from Dylan's catalog as hybrid SACDs, playable in both regular CD players and Super Audio CD players. Each title is packaged as a digipak, containing the full original artwork. On each of the titles, and on each of the layers, the remastered sound is spectacular, a considerable upgrade from the initial CD pressings.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969033869
catalogNumber: 90338

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Steven Soles   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Billy Cross   Guitar
Carolyn Dennis   Background Vocals
Jo Ann Harris   Background Vocals
Steve Madaio   Trumpet
David Mansfield   Mandolin,Violin
Alan Pasqua   Keyboards
Jerry Scheff   Bass,Bass Guitar
Helena Springs   Background Vocals
Ian Wallace   Drums
Steve Douglas   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Reissue Producer
Biff Dawes   Engineer
Bill Dawes   Engineer
Don DeVito   Producer,Reissue Producer
Didier C. Deutsch   Tape Research
Jim Seiter   Engineer
Billy Youdelman   Engineer
Tim Bryant   Art Direction
Paul Sandweiss   Engineer
Doug Field   Engineer
Dennis Mays   Engineer
Gribbitt!   Art Direction
Cooper & the Soul Rockers   Engineer
Ava Megna   Contributor

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Street Legal 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This release is full of great songs yet they don't feel like they belong on the same album. The strongly disjointed nature of this album takes a little away from the enjoyment we ought to feel, but it ultimately does not prevent this from being a very good collection of songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago