|1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35|
|2. Pledging My Time|
|3. Visions Of Johanna|
|4. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)|
|5. I Want You|
|6. Stuck Inside Of A Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again|
|7. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat|
|8. Just Like A Women|
|9. Most Likely You Go Your Way I'll Go Mine|
|10. Temporary Like Achilles|
|11. Absolutely Sweet Marie|
|12. 4th Time Around|
|13. Obviously 5 Believers|
|14. Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands|
1.You'd need to have a classic opening salvo that sets the tone - and the quality - for what is to follow...
'Rainy Day Women' exudes a good-time feel with its Salvation Army band vibe and its party atmosphere with the whoops and hollers of the session musicians, the interjections of "Yeah!" and "Tell 'em, Bob!" and that harmonica crescendo. This track never fails to whip up the excitement. Especially when you know what is in store on the rest of the album...
'Pledging My Time' has a laid-back feel and a relaxed-sounding Dylan which then leads into 'Visions Of Johanna'. I can't think of a better start to an album.
2.You'd need to have at least one stand-out track that ranks with the very best ever written...
This album has two.
'Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands' was, as I'm sure everyone knows, the entirety of side 4 on this album's initial vinyl release and also the first track laid down by Dylan and his band of the finest Nashville session musicians. By the time it had reached its eighth minute the session men were looking at each other as if to say 'How long is this going to last? What is going on?' This is Dylan's beautifully controlled declaration of love to the woman who would become his wife. "With your mercury mouth in the missionary times/And your eyes like smoke and your prayers like rhymes..." and the question which clearly needs no answer : "Who among them do you think could resist you?" Dylan took some flack later for claiming to have stayed up for days in the Chelsea Hotel writing this for Sara Lowndes when it was easily established that he'd kept the band waiting in the studio through the night whilst he was writing in the basement downstairs before the recording.
My review is for those considering an upgrade. I had it on wax for years (since 1974), and then the original CD. I was wary about the long-awaited remasters, given limited time and money and the amount of music yet unheard they are competing with -- I finally decided that if there was one Dylan album I would most like to hear with state-of-the-art sound, it was "Blonde On Blonde." Hoping to be astounded by the difference when listening to the original CD and the new remastered one back-to-back, I was disappointed. Yes, there are places where there is more detail, but on balance, my conclusion is that the slight improvement does not justify the expense. So my recommendation is, unless you have expensive enough equipment to maximize the SACD format, the old CD sounds just fine.