On May 24th, please join us in honoring Bob Dylan’s on his 70th birthday and let the eleven essential Dylan catalog titles on Sundazed be your celebration soundtrack!
It wasn’t always this easy. Before the blogs, before the Idols, before the paparazzi, becoming a music legend involved equal amounts of talent and hard work. An aspiring artist had many roads they could choose to walk down, but selecting the right one was essential. For young Robert Zimmerman, that long road led from Hibbing, Minnesota to Greenwich Village, where, recast as Bob Dylan, he began working on his craft in earnest. His journey from Woody Guthrie acolyte to “voice of a generation” seems incredibly rapid in retrospect but that was the tenor of those changing times. Along the way, he inspired millions, infuriated many, went electric and became both “Judas” and hero. He also became the single most influential figure in the history of rock. In other words, he became a legend.
In celebration of 70 years of a singular artistic vision, Sundazed Music is proud to present eleven essential Bob Dylan albums. Not merely building blocks, these are cornerstones of the rock genre and must-have selections for any well-stocked personal music library. All titles are painstakingly remastered from the absolute original analog session tapes, nine of them in miraculous mono! Most importantly, each of these albums chronicles a key chapter in an unparalleled career that is still unfolding and continues to find new converts every day. After you’ve been exposed to the “thin, wild mercury sound” of Bob Dylan’s timeless music, there is only one question left to ask:
How does it feel?
See our complete list of Dylan titles here
Sundazed heroes, The New Mastersounds put on an awesome in-store warm-up performance at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music in Nashville yesterday! These photos just landed in our inbox. Thanks to Elena Hibbs for sharing them!
You gotta get out to get down: come join Sundazed recording artists The New Mastersounds for an in-store performance at Grimey’s in Nashville TONIGHT (5/4) at 6:00 PM CST! It will be the appetizer before their full-length show at The Mercy Lounge that evening, which will no doubt become an epic dance party (get your tickets HERE or at the door). Come meet the band, pick up a copy of Masterology to have signed and hang out with the Sundazed staff!
Can’t make the gig? Get your copy of Masterology HERE!
A half-hearted Harvard University theology student in 1965, Gram Parsons wasn’t really thrilled about attending classes. He much preferred hanging around the fervent Cambridge/Boston folk scene, playing with many musicians until he met guitarist John Nuese. Nuese encouraged Parsons to steer away from folk toward a more country direction, setting Parsons on the path that would eventually win him international acclaim. Lifting the name from a classic “Our Gang” skit, Parsons and Nuese formed the International Submarine Band along with Ian Dunlop on bass and Mickey Gauvin on drums. Relocating to New York City, the band struggled to find their way while looking for a label home.
They found a temporary home at Ascot Records, which released their debut single in 1966. The 7” paired two cover songs, the Johnny Mandel-composed “The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming” along with a rollicking take on the Buck Owens’ hit “Truck Driving Man.” Though it made little noise at the time, their version of the latter song is now widely regarded as THE first country rock recording. While Parsons would spread the country rock gospel through his later work with The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and his solo recordings, this 45 was the original pebble in the pond whose waves are still being felt today. Out of print for decades, Sundazed is proud to bring this incredibly important single back to the public. Sourced from the original analog mono masters and packaged in a brilliant picture sleeve, this release is a “must-own” for grievous angels everywhere. Pour me another cup of coffee!
Order your copy HERE!
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