Sunday, November 18, 2007

Dylan's Best?

I have been trying all day to listen straight through Blood on the Tracks without too many interruptions. It's 7:30 PM and I'm practically halfway into "Shelter from the Storm," so I think I'm finally going to make it.

If not, I think I can do without "Buckets of Rain." It's one of the two songs on the album that doesn't do it for me, along with "Meet Me in the Morning."

Those two songs aside, though, I don't think I will ever tire of this album. Sometimes I think it's Bob Dylan's best. And I have to disagree with Jon Landau when he wrote in 1975:

"Blood on the Tracks will only sound like a great album for a while. Like most of Dylan, it is impermanent."

So why does it ring so true 32 years later?

6 comments:

Herb Urban said...

I agree, Blood on The Tracks is timeless. I am a sucker for a good divorce record. My ipod is chock full of Bob, but I probably listen to this one and Blonde om Blonde more than any of his studio albums.

Betty C. said...

Hey, herb urban, it sounds like we have the same great tastes! I definitely would go for Blonde on Blonde as second...or maybe first...

katiez said...

I've been meaning to expand my musical repertoire - and Dylan in on the list. Thanks for the recommendation.
I bought my first Grateful Dead CD last year....

Betty C. said...

I was studying in California when the Grateful Dead were pretty big...maybe after their height (I don't want to age myself TOO much) but while they still had a following. I saw them in concert and they have some great songs, but I was never a huge fan.

Daniel Spiro said...

Yes, that's my favorite Dylan Album as well. One song after another is a classic. (Though I think "Shelter from the Storm," "You're Going to Make Me Lonesome When You Go," "Tangled Up in Blue," and "Idiot Wind" are my favorites, and in that order.)

Betty C. said...

Those are among my favorites, although I'd have to think about a 'Top 4" list. Blogs are such a great place to indulge list-making tendancies...