In September, , Bob Dylan spent four days in the old Studio A, his favorite recording haunt in Manhattan, and emerged with the greatest, darkest album of his career. The Columbia label released an album with that title in January, , but Dylan had reworked five of the songs in last-minute sessions in Minnesota, resulting in a substantial change of tone.
Mournfulness and wistfulness gave way to a feisty, festive air. It was not, however, the masterwork of melancholy that he created in Studio A. The compact disc that I picked up in a basement Greenwich Village store had a pleasant overlay of vinyl noise—the result of a transfer from a test pressing. Artists tend to dislike personal readings of their most personal work.
The logical move would have been to include the entire album in its initial guise. Yet the single disk gives you only two of the test-pressing tracks, alongside some admittedly riveting outtakes. The box set has all of the discarded tracks, but they are scattered through a complete chronological survey of the four days of sessions—five and a half hours of Dylan at the height of his powers.
You will have to study the track listings to assemble the original record. Some of them are sung more or less as written on both incarnations of the album:.
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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Blood on the Tracks is a classic and highly regarded album by one of the greatest artists of all time. This is one of the best albums that Bob Dylan ever released. It's timeless. On Dec. A critical difference: Since Dylan had little patience for teaching a full band all the chords and changes of a song at great length, he ended up teaching the tunes to a local guitar shop owner, Chris Weber, who then taught the other musicians.
Still, they rarely ran the songs all the way through before recording them. After 40 years, the Minneapolis musicians who made the album come alive have still never been credited for their work. In the book Simple Twist of Fate , the anonymous players expressed varying attitudes about never receiving the due they were promised. Nor did they ever receive thank-you calls, gold records, or even a free copy of the record… just union scale.
Not that even the guys who did get credit walked away happy. But I feel absolutely no bitterness about it. In the early part of the tour, he focused on the more upbeat material from Desire , but eventually shoved that aside in favor of angrier stuff. She recorded the track for her album Songs for the New Depression — a version despised by many Dylan fans but beloved for its off-the-cuff silliness by a few. D, you set me free. Our goal is to work with a filmmaker who can create a classic drama with characters and an environment that capture the feelings that the album inspires in all fans.
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