Tangled up in blue
|Released||January 20, 1975|
|Recorded||September 16–19, 1974, at A&R Recording in New York, New York and December 27–30, 1974, at Sound 80 in Minneapolis, Minnesota|
Blood on the Tracks is the fifteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in January 1975 on Columbia Records. The album marked Dylan’s return to Columbia after a two-album stint with Asylum Records. Most of the lyrics on the album revolve around heartache, anger, and loneliness.
The album, which followed on the resurgence of critical acclaim for Dylan’s work after Planet Waves, was greeted enthusiastically by fans and critics. In the years following its release it has come to be regarded as one of his best albums; it is common for subsequent records to be labeled his “best since Blood on the Tracks.” It is also commonly seen as a standard for confessional singer-songwriter albums; though Dylan has denied that the songs are autobiographical, his son Jakob Dylan has stated: “The songs are my parents talking.” In 2003, the album was ranked number 16 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and in 2004, it was placed at number 5 on Pitchfork Media‘s list of the top 100 albums of the 1970s.
The album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 charts and #4 on the UK Albums Chart. The single “Tangled Up in Blue” peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The album remains one of Dylan’s best-selling studio releases, with a double-platinum US certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Simple Twist of Fate:
Prior to recording, and while details regarding his return to Columbia Records were being fleshed out, Dylan previewed the songs that would make up Blood on the Tracks to a number of friends and peers in the music world. According to biographer Jimmy McDonough, Dylan visited Neil Young in his home in Florida to showcase the songs on the album and seek out Young’s opinion, and even run through some of the songs with Young’s group Crazy Horse. Dylan also previewed the songs to David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Tim Drummond, and Peter Rowan. Notably, Graham Nash recalled that Stephen Stills disliked Dylan’s private performance of his new songs: immediately after Dylan left the room, Stills remarked to Nash, “He’s a good songwriter…but he’s no musician.”
Dylan arrived at Columbia Records’ A&R Recording Studios in New York City on September 16, 1974, where it was soon realized that he was taking a “spontaneous” approach to recording. The session engineer at the time, Phil Ramone, later said that he would “go from one song to another like a medley.
Prev posts on Blood On The Tracks recording sessions:
- Blood On The Tracks – First recording session, 16 September 1974
- Blood On The Tracks, Second Recording Session, 17 September 1974
- Blood On The Tracks, 4th Recording Session, 19 September 1974
- Blood On The Tracks, 5th recording session 27 Dec 1974
- Blood On The Tracks, 6th & final recording session 30 Dec 1974
All songs written by Bob Dylan
- “Tangled Up in Blue” December 30, 1974 at Sound 80 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- “Simple Twist of Fate” September 19, 1974 at A&R Recording in New York, New York
- “You’re a Big Girl Now” December 27, 1974 at Sound 80 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- “Idiot Wind” December 27, 1974 at Sound 80 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” September 17, 1974 at A&R Recording in New York, New York
- “Meet Me in the Morning” September 16, 1974 at A&R Recording in New York, New York
- “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” December 30, 1974 at Sound 80 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- “If You See Her, Say Hello” December 30, 1974 at Sound 80 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- “Shelter from the Storm” September 17, 1974 at A&R Recording in New York, New York
- “Buckets of Rain” September 19, 1974 at A&R Recording in New York, New York
- Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar, harmonica, organ, mandolin, production
- Additional musicians
- Bill Berg – drums[A]
- Charles Brown, III – guitar[B]
- Tony Brown – bass guitar[B]
- Buddy Cage – steel guitar[B]
- Richard Crooks – drums[B]
- Paul Griffin – organ, keyboards[B]
- Gregg Inhofer – keyboards[A]
- Barry Kornfeld – guitar[B]
- Thomas McFaul – keyboards[B]
- Kevin Odegard – guitar[A]
- Peter Ostroushko – mandolin[A]
- Billy Peterson – bass guitar[A]
- Chris Weber – guitar, 12-string guitar[A]
- Eric Weissberg – banjo, guitar[B]
- A Denotes personnel performing at the Minneapolis recording sessions.
- B Denotes personnel performing at the New York recording sessions.