My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Blood on the Tracks was recorded in two parts, although all of them were initially recorded in NYC in September 1974. Dylan scrapped five recordings and redid them in MPLS in December of ’74, just one month before the album was released. The NYC songs have a sparse arraignment, while the MPLS songs feature a full band. Many have said the album is a document of his failing relationship with his first wife, while Dylan claims in his memoir that the songs are based off of the short stories of Anton Chekhov.
What I think: After Blonde on Blonde, I would say this is my favorite Dylan album. I would also say that both of them rank pretty high on my all time record list. This is an interesting album for me musically, as it feels full and it feels like one piece instead of a collection of songs. I really can’t say that this song is my favorite or that one is my favorite… it just sort of flows. That flow is especially spectacular since the songs were recorded at different points which somehow keeps the flow going.
Lyrically, “Idiot Wind” stands out to me as the most wicked song since “Positively 4th St” and “If You See Her, Say Hello” may be the saddest song I’ve ever heard.
So go listen to it yourself, because this one is a lot more interesting to listen to than it is to write about.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Agree, Agree, Agree… is it Dylan’s last great album?
Rating (Out of 5) 5
Blood on the Tracks Amazon Rating(Out of 5):5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (77/349)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 78%