This is one of those albums that you're supposed to give five stars.
And I almost did.
In fact, "Blonde On Blonde" would be a sure five-star album if it had just been a couple of songs shorter. The superflous John Lennon-knockoff "4th Time Around", "Obviously 5 Believers" and a couple of other songs are...well, not bad, certainly, but they're not great either. And besides, you're not getting anything for your extra four bucks. The remastered SACD isn't significantly better than the previous CD version; if anything the sound is a little bit too shrill at times.
But there is a lot of great music here, remastering or no remastering. The definitive renditions of "Rainy Day Women" and "Most Likely You'll Go Your Way" are the ones found on "Before The Flood", but these orginals are certainly worth having as well, and "Just Like A Woman", "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again" and the hard-rocking blues "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" (complete with rough, fiery lead guitar by Dylan himself) are among the very best songs Bob Dylan has ever written.
Most of these songs are superb, in fact, and "Blonde On Blonde" is certainly one of Dylan's lyrical masterpieces, a must-have for anyone who enjoys his electric albums. But there's really no reason to shell out for this SACD version if you can find the previous CD version anywhere.
4 1/2 stars. A classic.