45 Years Ago Today 1/20/20

It was 45 years ago today (January 20th, 1975) that Bob Dylan‘s 15th studio set, the groundbreaking, Blood On The Tracks, was released. The album, which was Dylan’s return to his Columbia Records following a two-album deal with David Geffen‘s Asylum, is considered not only Dylan’s comeback album, but his crowning artistic statement.

Blood On The Tracks hit Number One on March 1st, 1975 for the first of its two-week run, and has gone on to receive double platinum status in the U.S. and in 2015 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Highlights on the set include such instant Dylan standards “Tangled Up In Blue,” “Shelter From The Storm,” “You’re A Big Girl Now,” “Idiot Wind,” and “Simple Twist Of Fate,” among others.

The initial sessions for Blood On The Tracks took place over four days in New York City in September, 1974. Soon thereafter, the album was mastered and “white label” review copies began to circulate. Upon further listening, Dylan went on to re-recorded five of the tracks at Minneapolis Sound 80 Studios beginning in late December of ’74.

Bob Dylan, who still dips heavily into his backlog of 1960’s and ’70s tunes during his shows, was asked about the composition of his groundbreaking work across his first two decades as a songwriter: [“There’s a magic to that and it’s not Siegfried & Roy-kinda magic, y’know, and it’s a different kind of a penetrating magic. And, y’know, I did it. . . I did it at one time.”] SOUNDCUE (:10 OC: . . . at one time)

Before his production work took top priority in his life, the late-Phil Ramone was behind the boards as an engineer on such groundbreaking albums as Paul McCartney‘s 1971 set RamPaul Simon‘s 1973 There Goes Rhymin’ Simon collection, and Bob Dylan’s 1975 masterpiece, Blood On The Tracks: [“John Hammond was there, and Bob Dylan, myself, and a couple of other people around there. The original recording didn’t have a lot of extended stuff on it, and then there was a delay in the original recording and then they put other instruments on when he went to Minnesota. The public knows one version, the bootlegger knows the other.”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . knows the other)

In 2018, Bob Dylan released the critically acclaimed More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14. The press release for the box set read in part: “The six-disc full-length deluxe version includes the long sought after complete New York sessions in chronological order including outtakes, false starts and studio banter. The album’s producers have worked from best sources available, in most cases utilizing the original multi-track session tapes.”

DID YOU KNOW???

  • It was 32 years ago tonight (January 20th, 1988) that Bob Dylan was inducted by Bruce Springsteen into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • The 1988 inductees — which only constituted the third Rock Hall class — included the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, the Drifters — along with Berry Gordy, who was inducted as a “Non-Performer,” and “Early Influences” Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, and Les Paul.