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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan [two versions-original and bootleg New York Sessions version!]

(Click that image to see it larger and read the tracks etc on there)
I hope you liked the Björk album.
It ain't that bad is it?

I saw this great version of Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' somewhere the other day and had to get it. I was so glad I did. It is in my opinion, a whole lot better than the original released studio version! well, this isn't a released disc or anything as I am presuming it's a bootleg of sessions put together...hmmm google!
Here we go:
A quote from Here
"This incredible CD is the original New York session recordings taken directly from a mint condition test pressing of the intended release. While most tracks are the actual released versions, four on this CD were thrown away in favor of the Minneapolis versions. While the official BOTT is an impossibly ludicrous standard of comparison for non-released material.... this lone CD is a contender."
you see? I am not alone in thinking this is a f*cking blinder of a disc for any Dylan fans collection!
Go read more damn you:
wikipedia (bit of a let down on this one!

Seems there are a few different NY sessions from the BOTT time.
So to help you discover which one this is(!) I have listed the tracks from the back cover...which is included in the download.

01. Tangled Up In Blue (6:55)
02. Simple Twist Of Fate (4:26)
03. You're A Big Girl Now (4:26)
04. Idiot Wind (8:58)
05. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (3:06)
06. Meet Me In The Morning (4:29)
07. Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts (9:55)
08. In You See Her Say Hello (3:28)
09. Shelter From The Storm (5:05)
10. Buckets Of Rain (3:24)

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6 & 7 recorded at Columbia A&R studios, NY City, Sept 12th 1974
Tracks 2, 5, 9 & 10 recorded at Columbia A&R studios, NY City, Sept 16th 1974
Track 8 recorded at Columbia A&R studios, NY City, Sept 23rd 1974

(another possible problem - The cover says 'track 6 recorded at..) and yet it has already listed track 6 as being at the same date as the first tracks!? So I give it the benefit of the doubt that they meant to say track 8 as it is the only one missing from the list!)
Wait! Stop Press! I found it. Check Here. this is the same one!
Anyway...these are some of my all time favourite Dylan songs and I hope they bring you some enjoyment.
Wow...whilst looking for more websites on this, I discovered a few tracks of different versions! They are from other bootlegs which I think I can get pretty quickly if anyone wants them (I know I do!) but go to this page and click the links down by the left of the page to listen to the tracks being streamed. They give you two versions of each track, the final released BOTT version and a bootleg to compare how it differs.
Great stuff!
There are 5 tracks in all. Oh and two outtakes too. Is that seven then? :)
I am downloading the streams and will re-up them so that you can have them for keeps instead of only playing them in a web browser which is a load of balls!
Remember the quality of a streamed file is usually low so when I re upload them don't be complaining about them being wma files or whatever they be!
There is also two tracks there that were not included in the final release so I haven't ever heard them...maybe you too. Names are Call Letters Blues & Up To Me (which I have to say is absolute classic pre-ego Dylan as far as I'm concerned!)

Enjoy this one.

OK I am out of here.

Blood On The Tracks Studio Release
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Single Rar Alternative] Click or Click

Blood On The Tracks NEW YORK SESSIONS Bootleg
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Single Rar Alternative 1] Click or Click
Single Rar Alternative 2] Click or Click


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Anonymous rzywopuod said...

Very cool record. My fovourite tracks order (for NY Sessions) is like that:
1. Tangled Up In Blue
2. Simple Twist Of Fate
3. You're A Big Girl Now
4. Shelter From The Storm
5. Buckets Of Rain
6. Idiot Wind
7. Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts
8. If You See Her Say Hello
9. Meet Me In The Morning
10. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Ready to release I think.

5/03/2007 11:01:00 am  
Blogger ericbkk said...

Hi hitMe,
Interesting live cover of BOTT:
Mary Lee's Corvette - Blood on the Tracks (2002)
Blood on the Tracks: Recorded Live at Arlene Grocery

Review by MacKenzie Wilson

Mary Lee's Corvette was pretty gutsy when the band decided to cover Bob Dylan's 1975 classic, Blood on the Tracks, one September evening in 2001. Frontwoman Mary Lee Kortes wasn't entirely sure she wanted to go through with it, but lucky for listeners she did. What happened that evening was a magical turn of events at Arlene's Grocery in New York City. Kortes, who's vocally reminiscent of Maria McKee, proved to herself that she had what it took to pay tribute to her favorite artist without sounding too much like Mr. Dylan. Naturally, she was nervous, but the instrumentation of Mary Lee's Corvette didn't let that be known. Once the band kicked into the eight-minute rendition of "Idiot Wind," Mary Lee's Corvette soared into the night with a heavy disposition. "Meet Me in the Morning" follows suit with its gritty guitar drawl; Kortes truly lets it all go thanks to the nasty musical tango between her and guitarist Andy York. Who knew a Bob Dylan song could be so sexy? Mary Lee's Corvette gives new breadth to a timeless collection. She did it right, too. She invited members of the audience to join her on the country jaunt "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts," allowing fellow fans to deliver their own Dylan impersonations. It's oddly hilarious, but leave it to Kortes to bring it back to the spotlight. While the harmonica on "Tangled Up in Blue" is sharp, the acoustics on the album are tight, reeling the crowd into the soundscape of each song. Blood on the Tracks: Recorded Live at Arlene's Grocery captures Kortes' musical spirit; the concept is quite impressive given that it is only her second album.
Singer-songwriter Mary Lee Kortes decided to tackle Bob Dylan's masterpiece of romantic disillusionment and wanderlust on a whim when she learned that the New York nightclub Arlene's Grocery needed someone to cover the 1975 classic for one of its Classic Album Nights. The experiment in channeling rock's greatest bard was so otherworldly for Kortes and her band Mary Lee's Corvette that they've now released this impassioned and athletic homage to Blood on the Tracks on CD. While it's tempting to compare this disc to Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair's retort to the Rolling Stones's Exile on Main Street, this is much more a mash note to the great man than a rejoinder. Kortes's strong, sinewy voice careens artfully through the 10 songs, as if she were a medium tapping into Dylan's mind, perfectly mimicking his cadence and idiosyncratic phrasing without entirely losing herself in the process. While no shrinking violet, Kortes does succeed in bringing a woman's vision to the collection, if only between the lines (she makes no attempt to change the gender in the lyrics). But Kortes inhabits a song like "Buckets of Rain" completely, giving it a guileless innocence that Dylan could never have anticipated. --Jaan Uhelszki

This is a companion piece to the original Blood On The Tracks, it does not seek to replace it. Bob Dylan liked it, too. He posted one of the songs onto his website.
Since the idea was to play someone else's album live, for fun, not too many liberties have been taken with the songs or their arrangements. Idiot Wind follows the angry album version rather than the earlier version on the Bootleg Series CD; alternative verses of Lily are not adopted, as they are not heard on the album. What we get is the body of the original album inhabited by another soul who is a gifted singer, and it is a purged soul, with warmth, spirit, anger and all the other emotions to be found in the songs. It is all we could ask of such an undertaking.
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A few years back New York bar called Arlene's Grocery had a promotion called Classic Album Night: performers were invited to do a set consisting of song for song renditions of iconic sides. Ms. Kortes volunteered to do "Blood On The Tracks" as the finale on an evening when other artists had done "After The Gold Rush" and The Band's second album
. The document that resulted is a useful way to re-listen to a work that can sometimes elude its original emotional impact due to over-familiarity. There is no better album about heartbreak-- "Sinatra Sings For Only the Lonely" and "In the Wee Small Hours" are its only peers-- but because of its immediacy, and because it has been so frequently applied as a balm its power can occasionally be blunted. Ms. Kortes knows its power, and approaches each song with a freshness that signals her enthusiasm and deep love for the material. She understands "Blood On The Tracks", and feels it the way that all of us who love the album have felt it.

"You'll never know the hurt I suffered nor the pain I rise above"-- it must have felt wonderful to have snarled those words in front of a tight playing band, halfway through the set, knowing that she'd found the heart of this music and that this risky adventure was coming together. Ron Rosenbaum's theories notwithstanding, I believe that the key to "Blood On The Tracks" is "You're A Big Girl Now", which is Dylan's singing at its most plaintive. She nails it. She even gets the humor, calling up an audience member to sing the first couple of verses of "Lilly, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts". The liner notes say that the guest vocalist told her later that he'd almost lost his job at the law firm where he worked because of his undignified performance, but it is hilarious, a little tour of Dylan's vocal quirks. It's too bad, in a way, because I love the song and would like another serious version, but in the context of the album it really works. Too bad she sticks to the verses on the album: there is at least one-- Joan Baez sings it-- that he skips, so she skips it too. ("Lilly" is one of those Dylan songs that sounds like he must have a trunk full of, even though it really is unique. A symbolic Western-- could anything be more Dylanesque? There are plenty of Dylan shaggy dog stories, but nothin' like the Jack of Hearts.)


5/07/2007 04:16:00 am  
Blogger Michael said...

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5/18/2007 10:56:00 pm  
Blogger Michael said...

I love when you post Bob Dylan bootlegs. The two times that I came across them on you're site I yelped with joy. Thanks very much.

5/18/2007 10:58:00 pm  
Blogger ericbkk said...

I think I made a mistake when I posted Mary Lee's Corvette - BOTT above.
Discard the second link - - and use this one instead:

This link and BloodMLC1 will give you the full ten tracks.

Sorry about the mix-up, but it only took me a year to fix it!

Hope the Scottish spring - it sets my heart a-flutter just to type the words - is helping you a bit through the hard times, Hitme.

5/09/2008 12:45:00 pm  
Blogger hitmewithit said...

Wow Eric, it only took me another year to reply!
I don't know how I missed the comments here but I'm catching up now. Links still live too, great!
Will download and have a wee listen myself later...probably tomorrow now.
If its good I could ost your lins on the site.
If it's crap..erm, hehe :)
I won't!

4/08/2009 04:47:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the first part of the download link doesn't work any more

2/25/2010 09:27:00 pm  
Blogger hitmewithit said...

Hey anon, nice of you to thanks or anything but I accept that is the way these days...
Anyway I checked out those links for you.
tghe first link for the studio version is working:

The second link, for the NY version is working also:

or here:

So what link were you talking about?
You only need to download ONE of the files.. one for the NY version and one for the studio if you want that one too.

2/27/2010 07:33:00 pm  
Blogger hitmewithit said...
is another one I forgot to add. It is exactly the same NY version as the links above are for. Just a miror link on RS.

2/27/2010 07:35:00 pm  
Blogger Lentamentalisk said...

Yet again, I do believe the first dowload for MLC had expired. Can you refresh the link? I absolutely loved her rendition of Tangled up in Blue.

8/14/2010 02:51:00 am  
Blogger hitmewithit said...

Hey Lentamentalisk!
As I didn't post that one anyway...and I seem not to have a copy of it so cannot even remember if I got to DL it myself!
So... You just got me searching for a copy.
Not easy eh?!
I got one :)
After an afternoon!!!
anyway I will be listening to it tomorrow and also posting it as a new post on the site.
so thanks, you got me motivated to post something!
Watch the main page soon OK

8/16/2010 08:33:00 pm  

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