Thursday, September 03, 2015
Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (1975)
I'm lucky to have a near mint copy of the first US pressing of Blood on the Tracks. Did Michael Jackson steal this title and rejig it as Blood on the Dance Floor? In any case, there is a good argument to be made that this is Bob Dylan's best record. And, the Allmusic critic seems to agree with me:
"[It]'s an affecting, unbearably poignant record, not because it's a glimpse into his soul, but because the songs are remarkably clear-eyed and sentimental, lovely and melancholy at once. And, in a way, it's best that he was backed with studio musicians here, since the professional, understated backing lets the songs and emotion stand at the forefront. Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better." [source]
Here's the white-faced Bob in a live version of Tangled up in Blue. For some reason, Bob took to wearing some glam makeup, and only he knows why. Sorry, I just realized that my photo is a bit wonky.