Out Now: ‘More Blood, More Tracks,’ a Deluxe Expanded Edition of Bob Dylan’s Classic ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Album

Out Now: ‘More Blood, More Tracks,’ a Deluxe Expanded Edition of Bob Dylan’s Classic ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Album

Generally speaking, 1975’s Blood on the Tracks is considered one of the best things Bob Dylan accomplished as a recording artist. Today, an incredibly detailed, 87-track reissue of the set titled More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 was released by Legacy Recordings (pick up the limited-edition CD box set at this link).

The entirety of the set’s 87 tracks doesn’t appear to be streaming in full on digital platforms, though there is a sampler edition with 10 songs available on Spotify:

Rock Cellar contributor Jeff Slate penned the liner notes for the box set. Here’s a snippet:

“Dylan cut each of these amazing performances – some of the best he ever committed to tape – one after the other, live in the studio, without headphones, and without the types of overdubs that most performers rely on to make their records sound finished. Instead, on these tracks, we find Dylan – just a singer with a guitar and a harmonica and a batch of great songs – delivering performances that thrill you when they’re supposed to and break your heart when they need to…. The performances are also in the purest state we’ve ever experienced them. During the production of Blood on the Tracks, Dylan asked [producer Phil] Ramone to speed up many of the masters by 2-3%, a common practice in the 1960s and ’70s, especially for records sent to AM radio. It was thought that doing so would give the songs a little extra bounce to better engage listeners. Most of the songs from the New York sessions that previously circulated, officially and unofficially, are the sped-up versions that Dylan requested. On More Blood, More Tracks, for the first time, we’re hearing the songs exactly as Dylan recorded them.”

As for the box set, you’d best snatch that up while you can, as it will not be reprinted:

The deluxe box set is a limited edition. After it sells out, no additional copies will be made. This set includes a hardcover photo book featuring liner notes by rock historian Jeff Slate and a complete reproduction of one of Dylan’s legendary handwritten 57 page notebooks, where you can follow the lyrical development of the songs that would eventually comprise Blood on the Tracks.

There’s also this event coming up on Nov. 17:

Bob Dylan’s fall tour is coming to a close, but there are still some dates on the schedule:

11/02 Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
11/03 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
11/04 North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
11/06 Savannah, GA – Johnny Mercer Theatre
11/07 August, GA – The Bell Auditorium
11/09 Charlotte, NC – Ovens Auditorium
11/10 Roanoke, VA – Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
11/11 Richmond, KY – EKU Center for the Arts
11/13 Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
11/14 Rochester, NY – Auditorium Theatre
11/15 Utica, NY – Stanley Center for the Arts
11/17 Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Hotel
11/18 Springfield, MA – Symphony Hall
11/20 Waterbury, CT – Palace Theatre
11/23 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
11/24 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
11/26 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
11/27 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
11/29 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
11/30 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
12/1 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
12/3 Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia

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