A Visionary Survey of American Music and Its Vast Landscapes: Bob Dylan's Love and Theft Tours Swing, Blues, Country, Folk, and Vaudeville En Route to Becoming a Roots-Rock Landmark Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD Features You-Are-There Immediacy, Lifelike Naturalism, Stunning Presence Bob Dylan's Love and Theft is a visionary train ride through the vast American landscape and all its hills, valleys, mountains, river towns, and urban and rural settlements. As they burrow into villages and barrel across trestle bridges, the 2001 record's songs introduce us to outlaws, outliers, gamblers, brawlers, tricksters, bootleggers, and scoundrels. It is, in effect, a commanding survey of and plunge into American music. Named the best album of the year by Rolling Stone and the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, anointed the second-best album of the decade by Newsweek, and later declared the 385th Greatest Album of All Time by Rolling Stone, Love and Theft remains the Nobel Laureate's finest effort since 1975's Blood on the Tracks – and an extension of the jesting, imagery, and free-form looseness present on his seminal 1960s works. Now, it possess knock-out sound. Mastered from the original master tapes and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's transparent hybrid SACD reveals the you-are-there immediacy of Dylan's production and the colorful textures inherent to every passage. Experienced on this audiophile version, the songs possess a sense of swing and naturalism so sure-footed that they seem to float, with Dylan and his crack ensemble setting up as a live band taking down the house in a deep-in-the-woods Louisiana shotgun shack. Prized aural traits such as presence, imaging, separation, and soundstaging depth don't come better. This is the very definition of sonic chemistry. Indeed, Dylan's virtuosic cast that rides in akin to a pack of Old West horsemen – Texas guitar whiz Charlie Sexton, drummer David Kemper, bassist Tony Garnier, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell, and keyboardist Augie Meyers – emerges with detailing, scaling, and tonality so realistic, it's scary. Various imperfections – stray notes, errant chords that Dylan valued to suit the overall atmosphere – further become enmeshed with the entire tapestry. Surpassing even the emotionally engaging experiences provided by the rare, long-out-of-print 2003 Sony SACD, Mobile Fidelity's numbered-edition reissue brings you as close to the music as possible. And Love and Theft is one album for which you should settle for nothing less. Drawing from roots-based styles that always inspired him – including blues, vaudeville, country, jazz, swing, and folk – Dylan turns in a masterwork that references the past without reverentially giving into it. Hence, each composition is vital, contemporary, timeless, and, ultimately, classic. As esteemed critic Greg Kot observed in his salient review of the Grammy-winning effort for the Chicago Tribune: "This is a tour of American music – jump blues, slow blues, rockabilly, Tin Pan Alley ballads, country swing – that evokes the sprawl, fatalism and subversive humor of Dylan's sacred text, Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, the pre-rock voicings of Hank Williams, Charley Patton and Johnny Ray, among others, and the ultra-dry humor of Groucho Marx."