Appendix C: Summary of Mono Versions
The table below summarises which versions of each side of the mono album appeared in which countries, and the main changes that were made to each track in the progression from one version to the next. The "all others" referred to include Italy, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. No other countries are known to have pressed mono editions of the album.
***Asterisks indicate early mono mixes which did not appear on the finished US mono album.
Mono LP - mastering versions per side:
|Version 1||Version 2||Version 3||Version 4|
|Side 1||Canada, UK||France, US & all others|
|Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35||Same mix on all releases; speeded up from original recording.||Unchanged|
|Pledging My Time||***Very long fade||Fade shortened by 10s|
|Visions Of Johanna||***Lead guitar unedited, cymbal sounds natural||Lead guitar quieter & has edits in last verse; cymbal muted|
|One Of Us Must Know||Same mix on all releases (as per 45rpm single, with splice at end of 2nd verse)||Unchanged|
|Side 2||Canada, UK||France||US & all others|
|I Want You||***Long ending, vocal slip in last verse unedited||Brighter sound, shorter ending, vocal slip edited||Unchanged|
|Memphis Blues Again||***Acoustic guitars less prominent than on version 2, lead guitar & drums more upfront||Acoustic guitars brighter, lead guitar & drums more distant, clearer vocal||Unchanged|
|Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat||***Piano clearly audible, no reverb, short ending||***Reverb on everything, Dylan's guitar prominent, piano less so; longer ending.||No reverb, piano way down|
|Just Like A Woman||Same mix on all releases||Unchanged||Unchanged|
|Side 3||Canada||France||Unreleased||UK, US & all others|
|Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine||***Snare and organ dominate||Snare & organ toned down, electric guitars & trumpet louder||?||Unchanged|
|Temporary Like Achilles||***Electric piano & lead guitar more noticeable than on version 2, less bass, no splice in last verse, long ending||***Electric piano mixed well down, still no splice in last verse, shorter ending||?||Splice in last chorus, otherwise the same as version 2|
|Absolutely Sweet Marie||***Snare not very clear, organ quieter, track much shorter than other versions||Snare much clearer, organ louder, longer ending.||?||Unchanged|
|4th Time Around||***Keyboard mixed well down, loud harmonica, short ending||***Harmonica less loud, keyboard more noticeable, long ending||?||No keyboard, new drum track|
|Obviously 5 Believers||***Fade starts 5 sec earlier than on version 4. Very strong bass, maraca, organ & piano||***Fade starts a bit later, ending slightly longer. Weak bass, maraca less noticeable. Ad-libbed vocals at end louder||?||Fade starts 5 sec later still, but ending the same overall length as version 1. Bass brought back up, organ & piano mixed down, reverb on vocal|
|Side 4||Canada||France, UK, US & all others|
|Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands||***Vocal slip in 4th verse, longer fade||Vocal slip fixed, shorter fade|
Note: For Side 3 there is a missing, unreleased master: we know from the -4 matrix number suffix that the US edition contained the fourth version of that side, but there are only two earlier versions released, on the Canadian and French albums. In theory, then, the Canadian release might actually contain version 2 of that side and the French LP might contain version 3. But for the sake of simplicity I have assumed them to contain versions 1 and 2, as for the other three sides.
It's quite possible, though, that the unreleased master for Side 3 does not contain any new mixes. It could be that, say, "Temporary Like Achilles" and "Obviously 5 Believers" were changed for the missing version 3 master and then left unchanged on the final version 4, while "4th Time Around" saw no change from version 2 to version 3 but was then replaced with the overdubbed track on version 4. (You may need to read that again, slowly...) If there is one more mix to be heard, however, it's probably yet another attempt to sort out "4th Time Around" prior to the last-minute overdub.
All officially-sanctioned mono reissues have used the same mixes as the original US mono album, i.e. versions 2, 3, 4 and 2 for Sides 1 to 4 respectively.
Last updated November 2017