Blood On The Tracks
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Blood On The Tracks

October 2, 1984

Song Title
Tangled Up In Blue
Simple Twist Of Fate
You're A Big Girl Now
Idiot Wind
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Meet Me In The Morning
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
If You See Her, Say Hello
Shelter From The Storm
Buckets of Rain

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  • Original Release Date: October 2, 1984
  • Release Date: January 17, 1975
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 51:32
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  • ASIN: B00138H876
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (461 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,160 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
What is Bob Dylan's greatest album? Is it Highway 61 Revisited, an album that revolutionized rock and roll by combining the meaningful lyrics of folk with the rhythm of rock; or is it Blonde on Blonde, another mid sixties classic album with some of Dylan's best lyrics, epic songs, and vivid imagery; or is it Blood on the Tracks, a sweet unambitious album about a man's heart during his crumbling marriage? The answer is Blood on the Tracks, a simple but powerful masterpiece that captures the human emotions of love, anger, sadness, fear, regret, and hope. 'Tracks' doesn't take us into the mind of Bob Dylan, as 'Blonde on Blonde'and 'Highway 61' did, they take us inside Bob Dylan's heart, and inside our own. Dylan writes honest, emotional, beautiful lyrics. The album is the story of a man hanging on to his love, and at the same time letting it go. The album is a snapshot of Dylan's soul. The most beautiful song on the album that stands out is the least assuming. In 'Buckets of Rain,' Dylan's looking out into the rain, and reflects on life and love like no one else has ever done, and finally makes peace with his lonliness and longing for his love, moves on, but will always share a part of his heart for her. I could write for days about this album, but I'm sure you get this picture. Never before have I been moved by a piece of music like this album has, because we all know what Dylan is writing about is not only what's in his heart, but what's buried inside all of our hearts.
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126 of 134 people found the following review helpful
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It has been thirty years since "Blood on the Tracks" was released and of all of the albums recorded by Bob Dylan it is the one that has most increased in stature simply because every album produced since then has failed to rise to this level. I think the reason for this is mainly because it was born in a creative burst of pointed lyricisim as his marriage to Sara Lowndes collapsed, with all the songs written in two months in the middle of 1974. I would no more expect any personal turmoil to provide similar inspiration any more than I would have expected any of the songs on this album to rise to the level of social rhetoric found in his greatest songs of the Sixties.

In "Blood on the Tracks" Dylan also turned his back on his greatest backing band, returning to his artistic routes on an album that is largely acoustic-based. The songs run the emotional gamut from sorrow and regret to bitterness and pain. At the same time, despite the obvious point of origin for most of these songs, this is not an openly confessional album (cf. Courtney Love's "America's Sweetheart"). After all, we are talking the lyrics of Bob Dylan, which means cryptic riddles and allegories abound all laid out in ten classic tracks:

"Tangled Up in Blue" is the best song on the album and the ambguity about the characters and relationships Dylan sings about has only increased over the years with the shifting lyrics in various performances. The cover version by the Indigo Girls remains my favorite Dylan cover.

"Simple Twist of Fate" is another great four-word phrase in a song that represents the most overtly personal song on the album. The stark instrumentation only serves to highlight the heartbreak of the existentialist lyrics and the mournful sound of the vocals.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By Jules
Format:Audio CD
What to say about Dylan's masterpiece, arguably the finest album of my lifetime?
Yes, his mid-60s classics are 'hipper', but this is his creative pinnacle. The writing reaches unforseen hights of maturity, depth and soul-searching. Dylan never used to be this naked, this honest.
Highlights? Well, all of it really! "Tangled Up in Blue", "Idiot Wind" and the overlooked "Buckets of Rain" stand out for me, but everyone'll have their own favorites, usually for personal reasons - it's that kind of record.
Lennon gave us the raw PLASTIC ONO BAND, Townshend the bitter WHO BY NUMBERS, but Dylan's self-examination is more contemplative and more changeable - sometimes he sounds resigned, sometimes full of regret, sometimes angry.
Anybody who loves this album HAS to hear the unreleased original album takes too. Five of the ten tracks were re-recorded for BOTT at the last minute (the cover had already been printed up with liner notes making reference to lyrics that were no longer to be found on the album). Note: these are NOT the versions available on THE BOOTLEG SERIES 1-3, you'll have to seek out a REAL bootleg for all but "You're a Big Girl Now" which is on BIOGRAPH and is even more wonderful than the version you'll find here (BIOGRAPH also contains the excellent out-take "Up to Me"). These tracks, with their lyrical and mood variations give the listener an even greater insight into Dylan's finest hour.
Oh, and for the dissenters, he really sings well on this too!
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars flawless April 27, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Simply put, Blood On The Tracks is one of the greatest albums of the rock era and stands, arguably, as the greatest album in Dylan's long career.
It's an incredibly honest album, achingly so at times. Though Dylan has scoffed at the notion of Blood On The Tracks as a paean to his recently ended marriage to his wife Sara, it's hard to ignore the intensely personal nature of these songs - almost all of which deal with the loss of love.
The instrumentation is spare - guitar, drum, bass and, occasionally, harmonica. Somehow nothing else seems appropriate, as if anything more complicated would negate the power of these songs. Dylan has never sounded better, although arguments about his voice have always somehow missed the mark.
Which, of course, brings us to the songs. The record starts with one of Dylan's best and most loved story-songs, "Tangled Up In Blue," which manages somehow to be both joyous and tragic at the same time. For fans who were still listening by the mid `70s, this opening track must have signaled that the winds had changed.
Their hopes were borne out by the remaining nine tracks, all of which hit their mark. Both "Simple Twist Of Fate" and "You're a Big Girl Now" reveal Dylan to be a changed man from the youthful rebel of the mid `60s. Never an optimist, these songs show an even sadder, more resigned side of the songwriter.
"Idiot Wind" is perhaps the most bilious piece in Dylan's entire canon of work, but its power is impossible to deny.
"You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" and "Meet Me In The Morning" are simple expressions of loss, pending and present, respectively.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Songwriting, But ...
Bob Dylan wrote mainly love songs for this album, laments for ended affairs, story ballads, invitations to an affair, even a spiritual / philosophical musing. Read more
Published 24 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great record
One of Dylan's best, and one of the best break-up albums ever. I just went through a break-up myself, and this record has been a constant companion. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Ko
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I read somewhere that this was his best record of all the wonderful work Dylan has done over the years. I thought to myself how can that be? Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
With Dylan usually the lyrics are top notch but the musical arrangements and vocals can be hard to relate to, but with this album he gets it all right.
Published 1 month ago by Jsanta2
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Published 2 months ago by William McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars vinyl records are the best.
arrive on time,excellent condition,great quality and sound. have always wanted my old collection without the old scratches and skips. love it!
Published 2 months ago by patty bartlett
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't play-CD acts as if there is nothing on it.
I was really disappointed when I got this CD and it didn't work. Can I get a refund? It acts as if there is no information on it.
Published 2 months ago by Robert R. Braun
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record
This review probably makes me a Communist. Or an admirer of Woody Guthrie. Or Arlo Guthrie, or Joan Baez, or maybe Ginzburg. Eat the Rich you Suckers
Published 2 months ago by NickCollide
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep, dark, healing
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