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Blood On The Tracks

Bob Dylan

1975

Blood On The Tracks

Album Summary

Blood on the Tracks is the fifteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on January 20, 1975, by Columbia Records. The album marked Dylan's return to Columbia Records after a two-album stint with Asylum Records. Dylan began recording the album in New York City in September 1974. In December, shortly before Columbia was due to release the album, Dylan abruptly re-recorded much of the material in a studio in Minneapolis. The final album contains five tracks recorded in New York and five from Minneapolis. Blood on the Tracks initially received mixed reviews, but has subsequently been acclaimed as one of Dylan's greatest albums by both critics and fans. The songs have been linked to tensions in Dylan's personal life, including his estrangement from his then-wife Sara. One of their children, Jakob Dylan, has described the songs as "my parents talking". In interviews, Dylan has denied that the songs on the album are autobiographical.The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts and No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart, with the single "Tangled Up in Blue" peaking at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The album remains one of Dylan's best-selling studio releases, with a double-platinum U.S. certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2015, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was voted number 7 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's book All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000), in 2003, the album was ranked No. 16 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, rising to the No. 9 spot in the 2020 revision of that same list. In 2004, it was placed at No. 5 on Pitchfork's list of the top 100 albums of the 1970s.A high-definition 5.1 surround sound edition of the album was released on SACD by Columbia in 2003.

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Rating

3.7

Votes

5527

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter
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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

“Blood on the Tracks” by Bob Dylan (1975) It takes a remarkable talent to produce poetically powerful emotional scenes and evocative narratives in a musical idiom, and that is what is on display in this album. A bit of advice for those who are not Dylan fans: Listen to the stories. Listen to the expressions of love fulfilled or frustrated. Generate images in your mind, guided by the lyrics. Anticipate and cherish the moments when you say to yourself, “I never thought of it that way before.” You’ll find life expanding within you. And if you find Dylan’s vocals unbearable, start with “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts”. Listen to the creative variations in the synchronization between the poetic rhythms and the musical rhythms. You may not ‘get’ all the obscure references, but you’ll feel the feeling. Then you might be ready to embrace the passion of a man who sings to his estranged wife at the end of a failed marriage (in “Idiot Wind”): You’re an idiot, babe It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe. . . . We’re idiots, babe It’s a wonder we can even feed ourselves. Try to put words to the development from the first two lines to the last two lines. This is not music for dancing, partying, getting stoned, lifting one up, easing one down, or background while one works. This merely culture-causing music fit for a serious listen. But if this album is over the heads of pop music consumers with three-minute attention spans, they should feel free to move on. I’ll stay awhile. Shelter from the storm. 5/5

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Sun Apr 18 2021
5

To me, this is his last 5 star masterpiece album. Me and my friends were practically Dylan cultists back in high school so this one is burned into me. Probably the most personal Dylan ever got and perhaps the greatest breakup album of all time.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

Following on the heels of an album where he repudiated his past with his greatest backing band, Blood on the Tracks finds Bob Dylan, in a way, retreating to the past, recording a largely quiet, acoustic-based album. But this is hardly nostalgia -- this is the sound of an artist returning to his strengths, what feels most familiar, as he accepts a traumatic situation, namely the breakdown of his marriage. This is an album alternately bitter, sorrowful, regretful, and peaceful, easily the closest he ever came to wearing his emotions on his sleeve. That's not to say that it's an explicitly confessional record, since many songs are riddles or allegories, yet the warmth of the music makes it feel that way. The original version of the album was even quieter -- first takes of "Idiot Wind" and "Tangled Up in Blue," available on The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3, are hushed and quiet (excised verses are quoted in the liner notes, but not heard on the record) -- but Blood on the Tracks remains an intimate, revealing affair since these harsher takes let his anger surface the way his sadness does elsewhere. As such, it's an affecting, unbearably poignant record, not because it's a glimpse into his soul, but because the songs are remarkably clear-eyed and sentimental, lovely and melancholy at once. And, in a way, it's best that he was backed with studio musicians here, since the professional, understated backing lets the songs and emotion stand at the forefront. Dylan made albums more influential than this, but he never made one better.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Confession time: I’ve never listened to a Bob Dylan album before. Couldn’t tell you why. He seemed, I suppose, too much of a Goliath to tackle; I’d missed my window, surely - where would I start? But here we are. My window opened, and I leapt through. I listened to this album three times yesterday, and will surely have to listen more, and more intimately to unravel all the rambling tales and hidden crooked melodies, and its deceptively simple-not-easy instrumentation. I will always feel like I’m not getting something when it comes to Dylan, and like I’m playing catch up, such is the weight of mythology that comes with such an artist. But I’m pleased to have finally broken the seal.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
5

Perhaps because I was looking forward to it all day, or it’s been a while since I last listened, or what I look for from Dylan has changed, or I’ve changed, or I’ve never ‘got it’ before, but in the ten years and many listens since I first spun Blood on the Tracks this is the first time it’s sounded like a 5. And I don’t doubt that change for a second. I’d rather luxuriate in the delicious tangibility of growing with an album – surely one of music listening’s greatest and mysterious pleasures. So, what am I hearing differently? First, Dylan’s writing, which is equal to (no higher praise) Hank Williams in the way he uses the hook – often just one line: “shelter from the storm”, “a simple twist of fate”, “tangled up in blue”, “the Jack of hearts” – like a recurring dream or deadly obsession that pulls him back no matter how far he strays. Second, melodies and arrangements that are somehow both gentle and played with a muscular, sometimes even virulent, intensity and exactness, hoarily putting me in mind of a master painter – let’s say Turner out of laziness, though that’s probably a good comparison for delicacy qua intensity. And last, something extraordinary about the limitations of what he’s saying, or rather feeling. By which I mean that (to paraphrase something I read recently on the interwebs) these songs are about romance not love and, however gorgeously complex, are confined to one man’s limited and very solipsistic experience of those romance. Somehow, the narrower parameters improve the overall effect. Don’t ask me how. I’ll only say, “That’s art.”

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Mon Apr 26 2021
1

I really can’t stand Dylan’s way of singing.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

Thank god he turned down the volume of the harmonica from Blonde On Blonde, that could get very hard to listen to. Ok nevermind "you're gonna make me lonesome when you go" fucking killed my ears holy shit. The lyrics are really great and all, but none of the songs really hit me very hard. I think Bob Dylans music is a bit overrated, felt the same with Blonde On Blonde, except for "I Want You", that song is fucking exceptional. Some songs though, like "Lilly, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts makes me physically cringe because the intro is so horrible to listen to. And then of course a song like "If You See Her, Say Hello" comes and fucking breaks the mold. Fuck man. a 4 for that actually And "Shelter From the Storm" is quite good too. Was ready to hear a 5 but I just don't see it. An album of 3 but, If you see her, gets it to a 4 to me.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
1

Shit, as always

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Tue Oct 05 2021
1

No more Bob Dylan please

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Mon Oct 11 2021
1

fuck bob dylan

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Fri Nov 06 2020
5

BOB FUCKING DYLAN

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Mon Sep 28 2020
5

Had heard before one of my fav albums ever

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Loved it.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

tangled up in blue, you're gonna make lonesome when you go

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Mon Feb 08 2021
5

Dylans beste, og topp ti i vinylhylla. Alle må eie denne.

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Sun May 23 2021
5

Never really listened to Dylan, but I enjoyed this a lot.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
5

Grande Dylan. O Raul Seixas dos estates

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Tue Feb 16 2021
5

Top 5 dylan easily. 10/10

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Never heard this album all the way through. Loved it.

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

Tangled up in Blue, the first track is a great example of amazing storytelling and song writing. The instrumentation is also really good with the 12 string guitar shining throughout the whole song. Idiot Wind, contains some great songwriting. The song seems autobiographical but Dylan has denied it. Regardless, it conveys bitterness or anger and in another version that I found online I hear a bit of sadness as well. The chorus contains a little of Dylan's humor and the harmonica solo at the end is a blistering exclamation point on it all. "A lot of people tell me they enjoy that album. It's hard for me to relate to that. I mean... people enjoying that type of pain, you know?" - Dylan 1975 You're gonna make Me Lonesome when You Go is a nice western style country rock that throws in a bit of blues.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

10/10

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

One of my favourite albums

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

One of my favorites from the first time I heard it. Beautiful lyricism, and no tracks I would throw out.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Un clasico, pero no me gusta Bob Dylan

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Mon May 03 2021
5

Honestly loved it. Songwriting was great and the overall sound was so raw and emotional, though it ran probably 5-10 minutes too long. I’ll give it a strong 9

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Sat Oct 16 2021
5

How have I not heard his before! This is why I do this list..

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

08/19/2022 About a year ago, I woke up one morning and went out to find garage or estate sales. I came across a house in Alamo Heights where an older woman was selling lots of items for dirt cheap. She had a box full of CDs that were only a dollar. Taking advantage of the situation, I bought Neil Young, Bringing it All Back Home, and Blood on the Tracks. When she saw what I had picked she sighed and told me “When [Blood on the Tracks] came out it was just incredible. I bought the record and would play it all the way through, and then I would turn it over and start it again.” I didn’t really understand why anyone would feel compelled to do that. I liked the album at that time but wasn’t fully in love with it like I am now and figured that anyone would get tired of hearing an album over and over again. Regardless, I took the CD home with me. I was lucky enough to still have a CD player in my car at that time, so I would listen to it when I would drive around San Antonio. I slowly began to fall in love with each song, and to this day I grow to love this album more and more with each listen. Falling in love, experiencing heartbreak, longing for something or someone long gone, and feeling emptiness that only some of the darkest times in one’s life can bring out are the languages of this album. There have been times when listening to this album sets me right back in those head spaces, and I can only imagine what Dylan was going through during the production and recording of this album. Divorce from his wife, loss, heartbreak. There’s some sort of timeless quality about this album. Something that sounds and feels like it was made centuries ago, but with the same freshness and raw vulnerability that still holds strong and fits right in the time that one listens to it now. Dylan truly bared his soul for this album, regardless of his petty insistence that these songs have no relation to what was happening in his life at this time. When I saw this album was the one assigned to me today, I was so happy and also thought it was the funniest thing, because just like how that old woman told me how she would play this album over and over, I had come to do the exact same thing. Just yesterday I was playing this album over on Spotify only to skip to playing the record and sitting next to the player as each track rang out. — No skips on this album for me. Although I think every track is wonderful in its own way, I’m extremely biased toward You’re A Big Girl Now, You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go, Shelter from the Storm, and Buckets of Rain. — Otherwise, today has been very calm. Did lots of housekeeping today. Laundry, cleaning, unpacking, all that. School starts in just three days. I’m so nervous, but so excited as well. Listening to albums like these give me the strength to keep pushing. The only thing I knew how to do Was to keep on keeping on like a bird that flew Tangled up in blue

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

Utterly unparalleled in quality, coherence, depth and range of emotion, plus epic singalongs, (personal) protest anthems twinkling tunes and tender – even heart-breaking – ballads. Not only are there no filler cuts, there’s nary a wasted note and Dylan’s voice has never been stronger nor clearer, and never more assured in delivery. One of the best records of all-time …. Easily top 5.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

An intensely personal album about being in and out of love. More direct than other Dylan albums, this has a strength that I didn't appreciate when I was a callow youth. Now, I get it.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
4

Might be my favourite Dylan album and possibly emotionally the polar opposite of another favourite, Blonde on Blonde. Accessible and really good songs. Yes, it's about heartbreak, but good music just gets you.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

This is not the best Dylan for me, but I should say that the Wikipedia article on the page helped me to understand a little bit more of the importance of this album. Being the "most" personal of Dylan's work, it's increasing my evaluation of it. Musically, it's too much country for me, but it's still Bob Dylan and it counts!

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Wed Jan 13 2021
2

tangled up in blue is a classic, rest is pretty much nondescript except vocals that rise up into a weird falsetto. Great song writing but otherwise not sure why Bob Dylan is so popular.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
2

Tangled up in blue is incredible. The rest of the album reminded me why I'm a distant admirer rather than a fan

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Mon Mar 01 2021
2

Bd is lame

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Tue Oct 12 2021
2

There are some artists that should only be songwriters, NOT singer-songwriters. I'm sorry to say, but Bob Dylan is one of those artists. The man CAN NOT sing! I'll bury myself even deeper by adding that Bruce Springsteen is in the same boat, IMO.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
2

You know how a harmonica sounds really annoying and whiney? Well, on this album Bob emulates a harmonica with his voice and sometimes doubles it with a harmonica too. Just can't get past the worst voice in music. Autotune wouldn't save this either. I'm sure the lyrics are cutting but can't get past the voice.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
1

Nopy nope.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

I listened to this on cassette in my car when I was a teenager. I remember liking the lyrics, the funny turns of phrase, the obscure things he'd say to make something rhyme. I like them even more now, especially since they're Nobel Prize material. I find myself listening intensely to every song to find out how it’s going to end. So many songs about relationships that stopped and started again! Unlike much of the 70s folk music we’ve been sent, every song here seems to have its own personality. My co-judge says “Jack of Hearts” is her favourite, but I find the cast of characters hard to keep track of. “Idiot Wind” is mine. With Jacques Brel, I felt I was missing a lot by not speaking French. Today I’m happy to speak English.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

El puto Bob Dylan

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Mon May 03 2021
5

I really love Bob Dylan's songwriting, and particularly the more narrative songs. It does a lot to offset a very samey singing/musical style that starts to drag on for such a long album. Gets a 9/10 because it still has a good number of strong songs on it, but I probably wouldn't listen to it straight through again.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Annoying I can't vote higher than 5

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Mon May 03 2021
5

9. Could be a bit of nostalgia, but this was fantastic. Also 'if you see her, say hello' is basically the same plot as the Simon and Garfunkel 'scarborough fair' lol

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Mon May 03 2021
5

I think I get the boomer hype, the songwriting is so good. i wish he was a better vocalist but what can you do. 9/10

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Oh fuck

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Sun May 23 2021
5

Just one of the most perfect albums ever made. Heartbreak and bitterness with a dash of love thrown in. BT: Tangled Up In Blue, Idiot Wind, Shelter From The Storm

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Tue Jun 29 2021
5

One of my favourite albums. Excellent from start to finish.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

Personal feelings aside, this album is a gem. Every track is solid even if there isn’t the biggest flow between them. It also has some of the most underrated “Breakup” songs and amazing lyrics.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Utterly brilliant. Probably my favourite of his albums, though it's hard to choose.

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Thu May 20 2021
5

My favorite Dylan album so far.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
5

Excellent. Big Dylan fan.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

Uncle Robert’s most personal and powerful album. An all time classic through and through and probably my favourite album of all time.

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Sat Jun 12 2021
5

9 years after Blonde on Blonde, Dylan returns to his crown as one of the greatest songwriters out there by looking back at his roots. Despite what he says, this is 100% influenced by his relationship with Sara and you can feel that in his voice and in his words in many of the tracks, especially the lengthy "Idiot Wind". "Tangled Up in Blue" is a masterpiece of a song, and it's on my playlist of what to show aliens. "Simple Twist of Fate" and "If You See Her, Say Hello" are other favorites of mine. Each song pulls the audience into the singer's introspection as he responds to life's problems with mature responses.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

One of my all time favourite albums. Bought it around 1979 and still play it regularly.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
5

I absolutely love the lyricism bob dylan shows throughout each song. He deals a lot with relationship issues in such a poetic way. Pair that with folk production it's an incredible experience. This is my first project with bob dylan I am excited to dive into his discography

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

Another one that has gotten me one or two steps closer to understanding the enigma that is the Dyl man. I think I said this about the last one but this one is my new fav. This is where he starts making sense. Highly emotive, not too abstract and very engaging storytelling.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

A beautiful Album - One of my faves

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

Wow. Incredible album. Never been much of a fan, though I've seen him live. Still didn't walk away a fan. But this album. Just wow. Every song, so great.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

GOAT album.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
5

En nuestro tercer Dylan (porque el en vivo realmente no lo cuento)... Blonde on Blonde me pareció como si fuera un excelente buffet que muestra la versatilidad y todo lo que puede hacer Dylan, aunque un poco exagerado y algo abotagado en el resultado final (aparte de lo cansado de lo exagerado del maullido), Freewheelin lo mostró en un plan totalmente mostrando sus inicios y la canción de protesta, su habilidad lírica e incluso en un marco más... "inocente" diría. Este disco... creo que excepto que saliera alguno otro de sorpresa será mi disco favorito de Bob Dylan. Es un disco con canciones llenas de peso y que se siente personal; se siente una persona que ya tiene tiempo pero te demuestra que no se le ha acabado la gasolina. Durante mucho del disco se siente, incluso sin la necesidad de leer la historia del disco, la forma en que habla de su divorcio, la mirada nostálgica a romances pasados y en general el hilo que une a todo el disco creo es el dolor de los amores que ya no están. Es un Dylan mucho más fuerte, musicalmente en forma perfecta y, a riesgo de sonar cínico, ese pesimismo y grado de miseria le viene muy bien. A pesar de lo anterior y de todo lo bueno que tiene en esos sentidos creo que la joya de todo el disco es Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts. Si alguien duda o pregunta a qué se refieren sobre la maestría de Dylan para contar una historia solo tienen que escuchar esta canción. Literalmente podrían hacer una película sobre la historia e incluso la ambigüedad del final me deja con ganas de que existiera una segunda parte para saber la continuación de la historia. Con esa simple canción el disco sería excelente, con el resto creo que encontré mi disco favorito de Bob Dylan.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Lyrically genius and musically soothing

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

This is one of my favorite Dylan albums, and the definition of 5 stars. Masterful, poetic songwriting. The stories are riveting, with characters that feel very real, and emotions that are frequently raw and personal. Fave Songs: Tangled Up in Blue, Idiot Wind, Shelter from the Storm

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

Favoriete nummers: - Tangled up in Blue - Meet Me in the Morning - Shelter from the Storm

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Tue Sep 28 2021
5

Bob's last "great" album?

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

soothing

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Thu Oct 21 2021
5

Probably my favourite Dylan album (of the ones I've bothered to listen to). A high four but will even stretch it to a 5 just because I don't do that very often.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

271021 12:35 4.5

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Sat Oct 30 2021
5

My favorite Dylan album by a fair margin (and I’m generally a fan). There isn’t a single unimportant song on it.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

And I was listening to each side of the disc Words falling in my ears Hearing an album of pain and grief Lord knows there's some amazing tunes getting through Tangled up in Bob

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Muy sonoro. 5

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Canciones de trovador de Dylan.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

My favourite Dylan album

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

I haven't listened to Dylan much, but this record is just so cool and relaxing. Every song is good and peacefull. 5/5

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Never really listened to Dylan until this album. I spent the rest of the day listening to da bob. Quality tunes. Will definitely revisit.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

Wow. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this album. First, I've seen Dylan in concert twice, both times it was terrible and ruined my opinion of him. Second, this is an era of his I've never listened to before. This album is great. Masterpiece.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

Canciones de trovador de Dylan.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

Sorry, Curt, I think this is a solid album.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
5

One of Dylan's best.

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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

Bob Dylan practically invented the narrative 'folk pop' genre, often to great heights. The principal component of 'Blood On The Tracks' is in its storytelling; the lyrics superbly painting his tragic life journey against the emotional backdrop of an acoustic guitar. A number of Bob Dylan's albums definitely need to be listened to before you depart this world - 'Blood On The Tracks' is no exception, with its vulnerable lyricism and musical intricacy epitomizing the divine spirit of music as something to be shared.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Veldig bra album

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Wonderful storyteller.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

One of my favourite albums

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Finally! Only 138 albums in and I finally get some Bob! I’ve waded through so much shit to get here. Anyways… This is a more seasoned Bob, a reflective Bob. We still get plenty of his folksy charm, but there’s more effortless polish on this album. It’s cohesive in tone throughout and it flows beautifully from one track to the next. It’s confessional and self-aware even if Bob insists that it’s not meant to be. He can’t help it, he writes from the very base of his soul. He doesn’t just leave blood on the tracks he leaves his whole heart. It’s at an interesting new place in his life and I dig his perspective on it at this point in his career. It’s impressive and inspiring.

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

This album is sweeping and lively. It features some of Dylan’s best and most confessional vocals (though Dylan himself would say otherwise). The music itself is textured and warm lending a nostalgic folk rock feel to the album. In the aftermath of the singer songwriter phenomenon on the late sixties early seventies, this album shows that Dylan was still very much his own force, and simply a cut above the rest

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

Blood on the Tracks genuinely moved me in a way other Dylan albums have not. Beautiful, poetic, personal and emotional, you can feel the anguish and longing through Dylan’s expressive singing and sparse arrangements. A marvellous achievement and one to surely offer greater rewards the more life you have lived.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

Шо Надо!

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

You don't often get a divorce album that leaves you 100% on the side of the artist's ex. Just picture Sara Dylan playing "Idiot Wind" at the filing. Every time Bob goes "whoooaaaaaaaaaaa" on "You're a Big Girl Now" I picture him going down a really steep roller coaster. And now you'll hear that every time too.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

One of my favorite Dylan albums! Some of his best writing

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Sat Feb 26 2022
5

Wonderful! 🔆

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Caught me from the first track and kept me interested throughout. Music and lyrics are brilliant.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

This has most of my favorite Dylan tracks on it.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

One of my all time favorites. I still remember the first time I heard it smoking a bowl in my cousins car.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

I LOVE folk music and folk sensibilities. This has that in spades. Dylan’s crafts catchy tunes and is unflinching in his ability to discuss his topics and message while make it enjoyable to audiences.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
5

At first I wasn't sure if I liked it, but by the time I reached the song Idiot Wind I decided that I did. It's sooooo good, especially the back half of the album. Lily, Rosemary and The Jack Of Hearts is my favourite song off the album, it's length wasn't a problem as I was captivated the entire time.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
5

JA!!

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

While the 70s Dylan is a bit a hit or miss this one is a pure hit. Tangled up blue, Simple Twist of Fate, Shelter from the Storm all amazing. Just great stories.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

that good i even grew to love idiot wind.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

Every time I listen to this masterpiece I notice something new. This time it was that jump from the sheer fun of Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts to the wistful wonder of If You See Her, Say Hello. I've heard the latter song many times but it is so much more effective in the album. It's a phenomenal album. There is a reason why he's a Nobel laureate. This is a big part of it.

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

meh

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

The reason I love Dylan is the same reason I love Willie Nelson. Enchantingly simple arrangements and enthrallingly detailed narratives.

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Tue May 03 2022
5

Dylan’s comeback masterpiece, the bar that all Dylan albums following this were compared to and that other artists comeback albums are compared to.

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Sat May 14 2022
5

The greatest Bob Dylan album ever.

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Fri May 20 2022
5

Great album, awesome lyrics

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

I am now - finally - seeing the Dylan-tinged light. This is an amazing album. I was always impressed with Dylan’s storytelling but I was never into his musicality until now. Interestingly enough, nothing I’ve heard before or after this from Dylan seems to scratch this itch, so perhaps this is the high-water mark. If so, then what a flood.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
5

Dylan at his best. What a discovery. Of course I knew Dylan from his hits (and the well-known Blonde on Blonde and Highway 61 albums.) But I never really listened to this one and must say I personally think this might be Dylan's best! Sparkling, bitter, sneering, intimate AND intense music.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

Solid 5 despite two songs that are twice as long as needed.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

Guitars are beautiful. Great sound, great album.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Classic Dylan, he is the wordsmith supreme.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Dylan toimii kyllä aina

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Love it

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Sat Aug 13 2022
5

5***** One of the greatest albums of all time Certainly in the top 20 of this list

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Sat Aug 13 2022
5

Excellent album, one of Dylan's best. A return to form after a few not-so-great albums. There are three all-time classic songs (Tangled Up in Blue, Simple Twist of Fate, and Shelter From the Storm), six very good songs, and only one dud in the bunch (Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts - shame that it's almost 9 minutes long). Idiot Wind makes me think, not for the first time, that I'm glad I've never done anything to make Bob mad at me. I read a book about the making of this album once, and a bunch of the musicians that worked on it never got credit, which is a shame. I think Dylan was a bit of a selfish asshole, but that doesn't diminish from his genius. 5 stars.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

Wow, that was a really fun listen. I should probably spend some more time with ol' Bob.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

The man - The legend.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

I love Bob Dylan and I love this album. Very much.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

like it

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

All time great. Tangled up on blue might be one of the greatest songs ever from a songwriting standpoint

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

He’s a master

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

Is this five or four stars? Most of the tracks are unquestionably a straight five. Is it a perfect album? No because Meet Me In the Morning is pretty throway. Is it great enough for five stars, yes.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

This, Highway 61, and Freewheeling are my holy trinity of Dylan albums. I'm not a super fan by any means, but the stuff of his that I really like, I REALLY like. The lyrics are brilliant. The music is great (I can always understand why someone wouldn't like that aspect though) It's just a great album through and through.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Well that was a day, started awk and took some shots which isn’t great, but enjoyed dancing and a genuinely memorable bike ride, slide, talk, and walk home

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

A cut above. Dylan’s voice still is a hurdle but the storytelling and song craft just can’t be denied on this one.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

masterpiece

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Not a huge Dylan fan but up can't deny his talent with this album!

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Wed Sep 21 2022
5

tangled up in blue might be the greatest novel ever sung simple twist of fate is such a contrast between the lazy instrumentation and the punchy life-in-four-minute words very rare that dylan's voice is perfect, but it's perfect for the wounded desperation in you're a big girl now idiot wind is tangled up in blue's equal. blue's narrative propelled by the tensions of time and anticipation, wind's by vitriol for self and circumstance you're gonna make me lonesome when you go is a masterclass in brevity. could be a john cooper clarke poem meet me in the morning was a waste of a backing track lily rosemary and the jack of hearts is such a yarn if you see her say hello is youre a big girl part 2, but less refined, more wistful shelter from the storm speaks to me so much because i love the metaphor of love as tempest and calm at the same time buckets of rain is more epigram laundry list than coherent song but still nice

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

Love it. Perfect.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

Stellar

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

9/10 i think bob dylan might die kind of soon hes an old man

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

One of the best records, ever.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

I wasn’t a Bob Dylan fan going into this project. But Dylan’s career has a huge range, and with every album I feel a stronger connection. This album spoke to me from the moment I put it on. I am surprised how much I instantly connected to it. I knew “Tangled Up In Blue” going into this - I love this song. But I love every song on this album. Really impressive!

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

My bestie included a couple of these songs on a mixed tape back in the day. (Thanks bestie!!!) But I'd never listened to the whole album before today. Superb story-telling and lovely tunes. It's darn good.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

This is one of the couple of Bob Dylan albums that I have had in my library for years. I very much enjoy the album. I certainly have not listened to all of his albums...really only a few...but this had got to be one of the best.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

As illogical as it seems, I never really imagined Bob Dylan existing in the 70s. (This despite the fact that I realized I knew "Shelter from the Storm" from wherever in my memory.) But here he was, distinctive Dylan voice and harmonica, but also sounding quite different from the 60s and 90s albums I've listened to already in this project. I really enjoyed this the first time through, and by the third time I had really grown quite attached. Oh, this I like! Oh, this is a nine-minute song that held me captivated the whole way through! Oh, I never knew I could like Bob Dylan so much! Wonderful!

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Sat Oct 08 2022
5

One of the best albums of the best songwriter ever. The lyrics provoke such intense pictures, you don’t need a movie to watch when you can just listen.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

One of the best albums ever!

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

Oh wow. Now that's how you tell a story and create an atmosphere. I was transported to a time when I hadn't been born yet, sitting in a quiet cafe and sipping some coffee.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

i LOVE bob dylan

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Not my favorite Dylan album, but absolutely a classic. Maybe his last great album?

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Gran disco del gran Bob, muy placentero de escuchar con calorcito

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Sat Nov 05 2022
5

Maybe the best breakup album of all time? Also one of my favorites

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Such a strong album. Beautifully written, beautifully performed, beautifully engineered. Even Dylan's notoriously less-than-awesome voice is maybe at its best here. The lyrics are, as always, utterly fantastic. Heart-felt and self-aware, Dylan writes stories that draw you in and tie you up with pathos. Then he wraps the whole thing up with gorgeous, entrancing music. The acoustic work here is just great and Rabinowitz & Martinson knocked it out of the park with the engineering. There's so much going on in the mix but there's room for everything to move and breathe thanks to some very smart panning and EQ choices. It's a pleasure to listen to from top to bottom. Full marks, no reservations.

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Sat Dec 03 2022
5

One of my favorite Dylan albums. Every track is flawless.

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

I was wondering, given that I've really enjoyed Bringing It All Back Home and Freewheelin' if this is still my favourite Bob Dylan album. Spoiler, course it is. The lyricism and music are both at their peak here, where you don't even notice all the songs are looong, because he keeps saying truisms in completely new ways that make sense of the world. It's the very best. And if there's a better eff you of a break up song than Idiot Wind (No Children by Mountain Goats and I Do This All The Time by Self Esteem come close) I want to hear it now.

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Tue Dec 06 2022
5

The first Dylan album I bought, after hearing Lily Rosemary and the Jack Of hearts on the radio. Prior to this I knew of the singles and generally preferred covers of his songs. Listening to a complete album, this album, changed my view of him. The song that got me to buy the album is not the best one but it sits nicely in this stellar collection. It is a masterful display of storytelling through song with an elevated vocal performance reflecting the theme running through the album.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

I love dylan, this one is a bit overated though.

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Thu Nov 19 2020
4

Great album

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Mon Dec 14 2020
4

ok cool

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Wed May 05 2021
4

Wise words, pretty songs.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Never really listened to a Dylan album, though I heard lots of his songs throughout the years. It grew on me as the album played, will listen again.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

I guess now is the time to confess that I don't really get Bob Dylan. I like several of his songs, I've seen him live, I've listened to multiple albums multiple times; it's not as if I hate Bob Dylan. I just don't really get him. Like, why do people revere him so much? He's good, but I've never understood why he's great. That being said, this was probably the most I've ever liked a Bob Dylan album. It's got a nice feel to it, and it's consistent without being too samey. Starts out very strong with Tangled Up in Blue, and finishes strong as well. His poetry is great throughout and is highly accessible as well. Maybe I just hate harmonicas? 4/5

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Good bob album, I enjoyed it!

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Lovely, bluesy and crisp. Easy listening for a drive or work. Daytime, sunny day listening.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

"If you see her say hello" has been a long time favorite. Overall nice album.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Great album! Still have to finish but I enjoyed it.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

I think my memory of Bob Dylan's voice was all spoofs of Bob Dylan's voice. This is better than I thought it was going to be.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Pretty good, will listen again perhaps.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Classic Bob Dylan style, not my most favorite, but really good.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Musically very entertaining, lyrically interesting to listen to, one that you could listen to without really paying attention, but you shouldn't

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Très bon !

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

I have not been a Bob Dylan fan but I have slowly warmed to him over the years. This album certainly pushes me toward fandom. It is easy to hear all the influence he has had on subsequent musicians listening to these songs. The lyrics are so interesting, and make me want to listen again. I was driving down to Rochester to get my vaccine for part of the album, and it's the perfect soundtrack for driving through the vast landscape.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Wait! I get the love for him on this one!

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Top 3 1. Tangled Up In Blue 2. Meet Me In The Morning 3. If You See Her, Say Hello

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

bob dylan has a very unique sounding voice. besides that he has compelling lyrics and guitar compositions. I enjoyed this record. probably a 3.7/5 for me

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Nice one, early Dylan has no waste

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Never been a huge fan of Dylan's voice, but this one wasn't bad. My favorite song was Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts, which is also the longest track on the album. I enjoyed this album one a lot.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

pour moi bobby j'aime mais on pourrait écouter tous ses album on serait toujours dans les memes environ

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Really like Bob Dylan and this album, of

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Está guapo, sonido bastante clásico de Dylan para mí que estoy poco iniciado en él.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

More Bob? Can't go wrong I guess

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Already own this. Its a strong album although I think it does dip toward the middle/end.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Musically this album is pretty average (on the Bob Dylan scale), but the lyrics are amazing. Tangled Up in Blue is a master class in storytelling. This is one of his finer efforts.

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Hadn’t listened to a Dylan album in full for years. Some great songs although you have to be in the right mood for the voice!

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

can't go wrong with a bit of Bob

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

What if Dylan’s voice wasn’t so bad? He would be a god.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

While there are so many Dylan songs I don’t know, I thought I knew Dylan's capabilities.  Simple Twist of Fate showed me a part of Dylan I didn’t know. He actually has a vocal range! Shocking. Tangled up in Blue is fairly upbeat especially considering it's a sad song. As I was listening I was thinking how cool Lily Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts was. All the  folk types venture to the Country   and this is an excellent country song.  When I went to Spotify to get the name of the song, I  noticed that, of songs on  that album,  it has the fewest number of listens on Spotify. This is a very good album of Dylan tunes and one I didn't know. He just turned 80 so there may not be too many more to come. At least I still have many more to discover. 

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Just fantastic.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

A fantastic folk album that I respect more than I enjoy

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Hay frases que permanecen y un ambiente que reina el disco que te pone los pelos de punta. Se nota que hay motivos recurrentes y una línea clara; alguna canción despunta (para mal) pero da la sensación de escuchar algo sólido y personal.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Folk rock foundation

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

Pure poetry from one of the greats. Top tier Dylan, and good musicianship.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

Oh hey! Some Bob Dylan. Maybe I’ll listen to this and reeeeally like Bob Dylan now! This is my way in. Idiot wind, that’s a great track. I know that one. Okay let’s go!! Oh yeah, it’s Bob Dylan...right, yeah, no, I’ve actually listened to him before. Quite a lot actually. Yeah it’s pretty good isn’t it. Nice one. I’ll probably just leave it there though.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Beautiful stories, easy listening

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Classic. Felt like crying (in a beautiful way)

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Yeah really enjoyed this, great Bob Dylan album to start

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Sat May 22 2021
4

Good One

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Classic.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

always a nice time listening to bob dylan. if you see her, say hello made me really sad

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

Aquí no noté mucho sus maullidos de gato sureño y creo que por eso me gustó más este disco. Se nota una madurez y sentimientos aunque lo niegue y si te transporta a las historias que te cuenta en cada canción. Merecido 4 por no tener canciones rojillas

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

Objectively a 5/5, personally a 4/5.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

A classic.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

A near flawless album, this is Dylan stripped back, raw and intimate. Tangled up in Blue, Idiot Wind and shelter from the storm among the highlights, but I must admit I don’t love this album the way I do bringing it all back home or Highway 61. Just misses out on 5 stars

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Not a Bob Dylan fan, but this is good. 4/5 Standouts: Tangled Up in Blue, Shelter From the Storm, Simple Twist of Fate,

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

So a very famous man (a guy I knew only as ‘This is Anfield’) once told me that you have to GET Bobby D. I’ve listened to Highway 61 and the Best Of to try to GET Bobby D and I was like “well nah”. Listened to this and I WISH someone had given me this as an intro to Dylan! Brilliant album, great music, great lyrics and his voice isn’t so nasally you start thinking of midges in your lug! Brilliant! Have I finally GOT Bobby D? Time will tell, but this is a great place to start! Loved it!

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

its ok

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

bob dylan has always been pretty hit or miss for me, and this record is no exception. except in this case the hits greatly out way the misses, tangled up in blue and shelter from the storm are now some of my favorite dylan songs. this record is my favorite dylan album, and my favorite folk album as a whole.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

If ever there were such a thing as a pre-breakup album this is it's quintessence this smooth return to folk aphorisms is studded with punchy tongue in cheek lines and outright insults. Favorite tracks: Blood on the tracks Idiot wind Least favorite tracks: You're a big girl now

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Has never been my goto BD album - one really needs to be in a good mood to tolerate the singing - this appears much less of a problem with his 60s albums. But of course Blood on the Tracks is solid and contains quite a few classic Bob Dylan songs. And it is not possible to give an album with Tangled Blue and Idiot Wind anything less than 4 stars, so 4 stars it is.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Tangled up in blue, Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of hearts

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Веселые, светлые, гитарные пляжные песни, интересные гармонии, яркая солнечная обработка, мало вокала, много музыки

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Quite good, a bit melancholic

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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

It’s a shame he’s a creep

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