Blood on the Tracks is the fifteenth studio album by singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released by Columbia Records in January 1975. The album marked Dylan's return to Columbia Records after he had released two albums for Asylum Records . The album was, after years of lukewarm criticism of Dylan's work, enthusiastically received by fans and critics.


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Blood on the Tracks is often seen as one of his best albums. His later albums are labeled "best since Blood on the Tracks". (Dutch: ' best album since Blood on the Tracks '.) [2[3[4[5it is on the 16th position inRolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. [6the album reached the first position in the Us Billboard Album Top 200 charts and # 4 in the United Kingdom. The single "Tangled Up in Blue" took out the 31st place. The album remains one of the best-selling albums of Dylan: in the United States was even with Platinum differentiated. [6]

When Dylan found out about the continuing popularity of the album, he said in an interview with Mary Travers that he is surprised about this because the album over sensitive, painful topics goes: "A lot of people tell me they enjoy that album. It's hard for me to relate to that. I mean, it, you know, people enjoying the type of pain, you know? "


The songs on Blood on the Tracks are according to most biographers of Dylan inspired by his personal struggles, especially the separation from his then wife Sara Dylan. [7however, Dylan has never confirmed and in 2004 he wrote in his memoir, Chronicles, vol. 1, that the numbers have nothing to do with his personal life but rather based on the short stories of Anton Chekhov. [8the album is often seen as a standard for autobiographical singer-songwriter albums. Though Dylan has denied that the songs are autobiographical, his son Jakob Dylan has stated that the songs are conversations between his parents: "the songs are my parents talking." [9most songs are about heartbreak, anger and loneliness.

Initially, all the songs of this album recorded in New York City in september and produced by Phil Ramone. Just before Columbia Records release the LP, Dylan pulled back, however,. In december he took five of the songs in Minneapolis with a group of local session musicians, which his brother, David Zimmerman, had collected. Second, "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts", each deleted ' New York recording ' later officially released. The recording in New York of "you're a Big Girl Now" was released on the Biograph compilation (1985). The other three recordings ("Tangled Up in Blue", "Idiot Wind" and "If You See Her, Say Hello") appeared in 1991 on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991. On this edition also appeared "Call Letter Blues", a song that was recorded during the same sessions in New York.

There are many theories about why Dylan decided to record some songs again. So would the musical feel of the album to have been monotonous, with too many songs in the same key and with too often the same languid rhythm. According to another theory would Dylan is a piece of the plate have played for his brother. His arguments have resulted in the album Dylan would record again. [10according to Jimmy McDonoughwould Dylan, before Blood on the Tracks was released, visited Neil Young in Florida to take him to his review of the numbers to ask. [11[12]


All songs written by Bob Dylan. In parentheses indicates which session the shot has been taken.

Side one
Nr. Title Duration
1. Tangled Up in Blue (Minneapolis, december 1974) 5: 42
2. Simple Twist of Fate (New York City, september 1974) 4: 19
3. You're a Big Girl Now (Minneapolis, december 1974) 4: 36
4. Idiot Wind (Minneapolis, december 1974) 7: 48
5. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (Born september 1974) 2: 55
Side two
Nr. Title Duration
6. Meet Me in the Morning (Born september 1974) 4: 22
7. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts (Minneapolis, december 1974) 8: 51 am
8. If You See Her, Say Hello (Minneapolis, december 1974) 4: 49
9. Shelter from the Storm (Born september 1974) 5: 02
10. Buckets of Rain (Born september 1974) 3: 22


Sessions in New York[Edit]Edit

  • Charles Brown, III – guitar
  • Tony Brown – bass guitar
  • Richard Crooks – drums
  • Barry Kornfeld – guitar
  • Thomas McFaul – keyboards
  • Eric Weissberg – banjo, guitar

Other personnel[Edit]Edit

  • Ron Coro – ' art direction '
  • Pete Hamill – ' liner notes ' (background information in the booklet)
  • David Oppenheim – illustration
  • Phil Ramone – engineer
  • Paul Till – photo

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