The second session @ Minneapolis’ Sound 80 Studios, and the last recording session for “Blood On The Tracks”.
With the first session being a success, Dylan was more relaxed for this session. He knew & trusted the people he was working with. He was also more open to suggestions. The first song he wanted to try was the pivotal “Tangled Up In Blue”; the master take here proved to even top the brilliant New York version.
In New York “Tangled Up In Blue” had been recorded in the key of E (open tuning configuration), in Minneapolis Dylan first tried it in the key of G. Odegard then suggested: “..I think it would be better, livelier, if we moved it up to A with capos. It would kick ass up a notch” (quote from the book “A Simple Twist of Fate: Bob Dylan and the Making of Blood on the Tracks”). And so they did.. & the master take of one of the greatest songs in history was recorded.
Sound 80 Studio
30 December 1974
6th and last Blood On The Tracks recording session
Producer: David Zimmerman
Engineer: Paul Martinson
Continue reading Dec 30: Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks, 6th & final recording session 1974
Crimson flames tied through my ears
Rollin’ high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads
Using ideas as my maps
“We’ll meet on edges, soon,” said I
Proud ’neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now
23 October 1998
- Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
- Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
- Larry Campbell (guitar)
- Tony Garnier (bass)
- David Kemper (drums & percussion)
Continue reading October 23: Bob Dylan My Back Pages, Minneapolis, MN 1998 (video)
The May tape has never enjoyed the same popularity [as the December tape – The Minnesota Hotel Tape]. Partly because of the low quality of the original recording, and partly due to a remarkably uninspired performance. One of the first times that a young Bob would hear himself on tape, nerves, inexperience, and limited repertoire would result in, at best, this mediocre offering. The tape is significant, however, not only for its historical importance, but also as a standard to compare the December tape. A short seven months that separate the two. A lifetime that separate the two. The interim shows the explosive growth from a kid with a guitar to a Folk Phenomenon.
Released in the UK on Minneapolis Party Tape, 30 April 2012.
- Ramblin’ Round (Woody Guthrie)
- Death Don’t Have No Mercy (Revd. Gary Davis)
- It’s Hard To Be Blind (trad.)
- This Train Is Bound For Glory (Big Bill Broonzy, arr. by Woody Guthrie)
First four songs:
Continue reading May: Bob Dylan A Coffeehouse in Minneapolis 1961 (audio)
By November 1974 Dylan had cut a test pressing of “Blood On The Tracks” based on his 4 recording sessions in New York (in September), and Columbia was aiming for a pre-christmas release.
Our earlier posts on the “New York Sessions”:
But after “sleeping on it” & getting advice from his brother David Zimmerman, he decided to re-record several songs @ Minneapolis’ Sound 80 Studios.
Unfortunately, one of the people Dylan had played his test pressing to, his younger brother David, told him that it would never sell, presumably based on the sheer starkness of the sound, rather than the nakedness of his brother’s soul, and convinced him to rerecord half a dozen of the songs in Minneapolis, with a set of local musicians that he would assemble at a studio he knew well, Sound 8o, making himself producer..
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades Revisited)
Sound 80 Studio
27 December 1974
Produced by David Zimmerman
Continue reading Dec 27: Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks, 5th recording session in 1974
Here’s a video of the three first songs @ Orpheum Theatre November 4, 2014. Bad video, but great audio.
November 4, 2014
- Bob Dylan – piano, harp
- Tony Garnier – bass
- George Recile – drums
- Stu Kimball – rhythm guitar
- Charlie Sexton on lead guitar
- Donnie Herron – banjo, viola, violin, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel
Continue reading Bob Dylan: Minneapolis, Minnesota – November 4, 2014 (video)