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Blind Willie McTell

August 19, 1997 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 22, 1991
  • Release Date: March 22, 1991
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Duration: 5:51 minutes
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  • ASIN: B00137YOMY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,049 Paid in Songs (See Top 100 Paid in Songs)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Hungry Ear on February 3, 2012
The Pilgrim

It is difficult to think of a greater gift that Dylan has given us
than the way he handles the opening piano chords of "Blind Willie McTell". They are, of course, the melody of "The Saint James Hotel Infirmary Blues"
given a fresh suit and new shoes by Bob here. In his hands they do what all
great and timeless music does, sound fresh, alive and vital. They are
both sparse and pregnant with import, telling us more in what we don't
hear than in what we do. Dylan sets the mood instantly, his voice riding
the melody with his usual concern and detachment. He escorts the song
gracefully through to it's end. "Blind Willie McTell" is one of his indifferent
masterpieces, the kind of thing that he jots down in ten minutes, records and
forgets about and moves on as we are stunned into muttering clichés at the
result. There are some things in music that defy comment, this song is very
close to that. We hear Dylan striding confidently through and imagine him
once again as The Witness, all in black, on horseback, dust blown by a driving wind. Everything in that grainy sepia of 19th century photos. when
we hear him proclaim "this land is condemned" we wonder if he means the
entire country. Then he sets the pilgram's journey, "from New Orleans
to Jerusalem". From sin to salvation. He indentifies himself as a fellow pilgrim, a traveler, putting flowers on the graves of the faithful..

He sings of Blind Willie in the chorus, sings of him like a nun handles
the rosary. As if this knowledge will bring redemption if repeated often
enough, everything hinging on Blind Willie's prowess with the blues.
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Over the last 25 years, this song still stops me in my tracks. Not a hit, but I think it is one of Dylan's best.
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By Stephen Kershaw on June 7, 2013
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Dylan did this tune at the Bob Dylan Show in Charleston SC.....it is a great song from one of my all time best.....
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By marcia robertson on November 19, 2012
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I've never understood why this song wasn't released before the Bootleg volumes: Dylan at his best; it's a song I'll never get tired of..
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