Bob Dylan / Blood On The Tracks

Great songs make for great bass passages. Waxed in the waning days of ‘74, Bob’s Blood on the Tracks is now rightly considered to be among his greatest slabs, despite dour reviews by “rock journalists” upon its January ’75 release.

Tony Brown anchored the New York City dates at A & R (“Simple Twist of Fate,” “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome,” Meet Me in the Morning,” “Shelter from the Storm,” “Buckets of Rain”) while Billy Peterson helmed the sessions at Sound 80 in Minneapolis (“Tangled Up in Blue,” “Idiot Wind,” “Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts”). 

Sans charts or direction, the players fixated on Bob’s left-hand on the fretboard and cut what is, to my ears, some of the most sparse, beautiful bass tracks ever set on tape in a folk-rock context.     

Thomas SemioliComment