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Erm, could I have some extra stars to give this, please?,
This review is from: Blood on the Tracks (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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Initial post: Apr 27, 2013 12:18:52 AM PDT
I own both versions and the official release is MUCH better, especially Tangled up & Blue.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 11:28:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 6, 2014 11:29:42 AM PST
S. VALE says:
The reviewer never says that the earlier versions are better except for the song, "You're a Big Girl Now".
Instead he states explicitly, "These tracks, with their lyrical and mood variations give the listener an even greater insight into Dylan's finest hour"
Which in my mind, at least implies, if not coming right out and saying it, that the reviewer believes that BLOOD ON THE TRACKS is the best Dylan recording.
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