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Blood On The Tracks [Original recording remastered]

Bob Dylan Audio CD
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Inevitably, when critics praise a new Dylan album, they label it the "best since Blood on the Tracks," and with good reason. Inspired by a crumbled marriage, and recorded after a tour with The Band had apparently re-ignited his creativity, Blood is among Dylan's masterpieces. The album's epic songs are well known, but its real high points are the shorter numbers--"You're a Big Girl Now," the flawless blues "Meet Me in the Morning," and the sweetly devastating "Buckets of Rain." These are songs of "images and distorted facts," each expressed through tangled points of view, and all of them blue. --David Cantwell

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Remastered Japanese reissue of the 1975 album. Sony. 2005.

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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It has been thirty years since "Blood on the Tracks" was released and of all of the albums recorded by Bob Dylan it is the one that has most increased in stature simply because every album produced since then has failed to rise to this level. I think the reason for this is mainly because it was born in a creative burst of pointed lyricisim as his marriage to Sara Lowndes collapsed, with all the songs written in two months in the middle of 1974. I would no more expect any personal turmoil to provide similar inspiration any more than I would have expected any of the songs on this album to rise to the level of social rhetoric found in his greatest songs of the Sixties.
In "Blood on the Tracks" Dylan also turned his back on his greatest backing band, returning to his artistic routes on an album that is largely acoustic-based. The songs run the emotional gamut from sorrow and regret to bitterness and pain. At the same time, despite the obvious point of origin for most of these songs, this is not an openly confessional album (cf. Courtney Love's "America's Sweetheart"). After all, we are talking the lyrics of Bob Dylan, which means cryptic riddles and allegories abound all laid out in ten classic tracks:
"Tangled Up in Blue" is the best song on the album and the ambguity about the characters and relationships Dylan sings about has only increased over the years with the shifting lyrics in various performances. The cover version by the Indigo Girls remains my favorite Dylan cover.
"Simple Twist of Fate" is another great four-word phrase in a song that represents the most overtly personal song on the album. The stark instrumentation only serves to highlight the heartbreak of the existentialist lyrics and the mournful sound of the vocals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars POST-FLOOD BLUES Oct. 9 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a murky record, only partially successful. The opening track, "Tangled Up in Blue," was improved by one of the Minneapolis guitarists by changing the key to A (compare earlier version released on 'Bootleg Series'), but the recording is irritating to listen to because the mix is sloppy. This song comes off much better in live shows (never better than Milwaukee '97), and the lyrics were considerably improved for the 'Real Live' version. The earlier version of "You're a Big Girl Now," released on 'Biograph,' is so superior to the one on this record that one wonders what Dylan and his producers could possibly have been thinking. The original version features a beautifully sad steel guitar, tender and bittersweet vocals, and a heart-wrenching harmonica part. The version released here has no steel, a pretty good vocal, and (by comparison) a terrible harp solo. It does feature some nice flamenco-style guitar playing, but most of the power of the song has been left behind. "Idiot Wind," which comes off perfectly on 'Hard Rain,' is too vitriolic here because there's not enough humility in the performance. I did witness an excellent live performance of this one in Minneapolis back in '92; guess it took time to gel. "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome" is one of the highlights of this album: a timeless song enthusiastically performed, with none of the self-pity (and self-loathing) that tends to weaken so many of the other songs on this record. Bob would do well to (re)introduce this one into his current show. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Massive! April 27 2013
By eeyoore
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps the peak of a peak-strewn career from a craggy artist. The songs are thoughtful, poignant, witty and memorable. The music is not intrusive. The voice is crunchy, without the weak anemia that has haunted the recent releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful vinyl April 5 2014
By Geee!
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
I have both the MFSL CD & vinyl. Tremendous SQ. The record is flat & silent. More importantly the music is lively with a spacious & realistic soundstage. I originally hoped this would be a 45 RPM, but the standard 33 is just fine. As a side note, my original copy had a factory gauge in it; amazon.ca had a replacement copy on my step in 36 hours!
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By Mike London TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is Dylan's most talked-about LP from his post 1960s career, and while initially the critics were unsure about it, BLOOD ON THE TRACKS rapidly became perceived as one of the most impressive albums Dylan has cut. The song-writing is strong and assured, and Dylan is as cryptic as ever. Yet there also seems to be a central theme here: broken relationships. When asked about this album's reception, Dylan said he never truly understood why people enjoy that kind of pain.

Anyone familiar with art know that some of the best art in the world comes from pain. Bob Dylan's music from 1969 to 1974 was very much characterised by a sort of domesticity which was the central undercurrent to most of his music, being characterized by his familia lifestyle. While the music found on these albums (NASHVILLE, SELF-PORTRAIT to some extent, NEW MORNING, and PLANET WAVES) are sometimes exciting (especially NASHVILLE, the best of the lot), generally they never quite rise to the level of the artistically impeccable.

While the domesticity was heartfelt and sincere, it seems Dylan was too content with his life to put a lot into his art. There was no central drive like there was in the early days, when Dylan wanted to be the next Woody Guthrie, and then the more poetic direction of the mid 1960s, and then a more mellow country direction. Dylan was too interested in pursuing this path to make us care about the music found on NEW MORNING, etc. Now, however, he must channel that pain through into his art so he can deal with it. There's a real passion here that's lacking in the other albums of this period. This is the culmination of his mellow period, driving Dylan to an artistic catharsis because of a new ingredient in the mix of domestic bliss: pain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His best?
Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61 etc. No need to debate what Bob's best was. One should only consider this as a contender. Read more
Published on March 4 2012 by highparkdave
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great One Among Great Ones
Fans of Bob Dylan can be extremely passionate about their favourite albums and performances and with this great artist it is extremely difficult to decide which of his great works... Read more
Published on April 6 2011 by lowrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's Best Album of the 1970s & One of His Best Overall
The owner of a local CD store recently told me that the 15 - 25 year old demographic is re-discovering 1970s music in a big way. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2009 by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars This cd will leave you feeling somewhat blue, but never indifferent...
I heard many friends raving about Bob Dylan, but... I didn't pay attention. My loss, as I discovered not long ago, when I bought "Blood on the tracks" on a whim, just to see what... Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2007 by M. B. Alcat
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lyrical Masterpiece
Few artists can match the impact that Dylan has had on the music industry and Blood On The Tracks is simply on of the best albums ever made. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by David Shadd
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing does not even begin to describe this....
My mother has always been a big fan of Dylan and I liked a few of his songs (i.e. Hurricane, Shelter from the Storm) but it wasn't until I heard the entirety of Blood on the Tracks... Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by "irishrebel37"
5.0 out of 5 stars The best record I own
That's right.
I have a lot of CDs, enough for me to have lost count a long time ago, but this one I keep coming back to. Read more
Published on July 11 2004 by Docendo Discimus
5.0 out of 5 stars You Do What You Must Do, And You Do It Well
It's hard to find sufficient words to describe this album, but "masterpiece" is certainly a good start. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by L. Lawhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob's best
Several reviewers have gone on at great length to describe the nuances of each and every song on this album. I'm really glad they did, because it saved me a lot of typing. Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by K. Gittins
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