Friday, November 16, 2018
"O.B.O.T.T.": THE WEEKEND MIX
There was a piece in the New Yorker this week titled "Bob Dylan's Masterpiece, Blood On The Tracks, Is Still Hard To Find." It was written by Alex Ross and he offers this, among other things:
Last month, Columbia issued “More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14.” Available both as a single-disk compilation and as a six-CD “deluxe edition,” it is both more and less than what Dylan obsessives have been tiresomely clamoring for. The logical move would have been to include the entire album in its initial guise. Yet the single disk gives you only two of the test-pressing tracks, alongside some admittedly riveting outtakes. The box set has all of the discarded tracks, but they are scattered through a complete chronological survey of the four days of sessions—five and a half hours of Dylan at the height of his powers. You will have to study the track listings to assemble the original record. The elusiveness of “Blood on the Tracks” has been integral to its allure, and so it remains.
I am not a fan of assembling things, but this is something I could not resist. Ross also made it very easy with these instructions:
To assemble the original “Blood on the Tracks” from the eighty-seven takes on “More Blood, More Tracks,” select tracks 69 (CD 5, No. 3), 71 (CD 5, No. 5), 34 (CD 3, No. 3), 76 (CD 5, No. 10), 48 (CD 4, No. 2), 16 (CD 2, No. 5), 11 (CD 1, No. 11), 59 (CD 4, No. 13), 46 (CD 3, No. 15), and 58 (CD 4, No. 12).
And it looks like this:
Tangled Up In Blue (Take 3, Remake 2)
Simple Twist Of Fate (Take 3, Remake)
You're A Big Girl Now (Take 2, Remake)
Idiot Wind (Take 4, Remake with organ overdub)
You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome (Take 2, Remake 2)
Meet Me In The Morning (Take 1)
Lily, Rosemary & The Jack Of Hearts (Take 2)
If You See Her, Say Hello (Take 1, Remake)
Shelter From The Storm (Take 4)
Buckets Of Rain (Take 4, Remake 2)
But I have a question. Am I to understand that according to the track notes, Dylan was already "remaking" what would have been the original release of the "New York Sessions?"
Anyone? Anyone? Anyone?
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:10 AM