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Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks (1975)

January 30, 2012

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I’ve always thought of Dylan as a good songwriter whose songs were best left to others to record and perform.  To support my longstanding theory, Hendrix’s iconic All Along The Watchtower and GNR’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (telephone solo and all) were irrefutable examples.

It is nice being proven wrong sometimes.

Blood On The Tracks is a great record.  I can’t picture covers of any of these tunes topping the originals.

Opener Tangled Up In Blue is brilliant; follow-up Simple Twist Of Fate is equally impressive. The list goes on from there: ten solid songs, nice flow throughout, certainly worthy of the praise it tends to receive.

My only disappointment with this album had nothing to do with Dylan; instead with a song released nineteen years later.

My beloved early 1990s – was nothing original?  I did a double take when I listened to the lyrics of Idiot Wind.  “She inherited a million bucks, when she died it came to me, I can’t help it if I’m lucky…” Alas, it appears Hootie & The Blowfish’s Only Wanna Be With You isn’t the entirely original tale I once thought it was!

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