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Bruce Springsteen’s Manager Jon Landau’s Review Of ‘Blood On The Tracks’ – March 13, 1975

Forty years ago, just after rock critic Jon Landau became Bruce Springsteen’s manager and record producer, his review of Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks appeared in the March 13, 1975 issue of Rolling Stone.

What is most interesting to me about the review, some of which is printed below and the rest of it you can link to, is how, what complains about in critiquing Dylan’s recording style and records — that Dylan makes records too quickly, that he doesn’t use the right musicians, and so on — are the things he made sure Bruce Springsteen didn’t do. What I mean is, Dylan might record an album in a few days and record just two or three takes of a song; Springsteen sometimes would spend a year on a record, recording an infinite number of takes with musicians he worked with for years and years.

Anyway, today we can read Landau’s review of an album that has certainly stood the test of time.

Bob Dylan, Blood On The Tracks

Reviewed by Jon Landau (for Rolling Stone)

Bob Dylan may be the Charlie Chaplin of rock & roll. Both men are regarded as geniuses by their entire audience. Both were proclaimed revolutionaries for their early work and subjected to exhaustive attack when later works were thought to be inferior. Both developed their art without so much as a nodding glance toward their peers. Both are multitalented: Chaplin as a director, actor, writer and musician; Dylan as a recording artist, singer, songwriter, prose writer and poet. Both superimposed their personalities over the techniques of their art forms. They rejected the peculiarly 20th century notion that confuses the advancement of the techniques and mechanics of an art form with the growth of art itself. They have stood alone.

When Charlie Chaplin was criticized, it was for his direction, especially in the seemingly lethargic later movies. When I criticize Dylan now, it’s not for his abilities as a singer or songwriter, which are extraordinary, but for his shortcomings as a record maker. Part of me believes that the completed record is the final measure of a pop musician’s accomplishment, just as the completed film is the final measure of a film artist’s accomplishments. It doesn’t matter how an artist gets there — Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie (and Dylan himself upon occasion) did it with just a voice, a song and a guitar, while Phil Spector did it with orchestras, studios and borrowed voices. But I don’t believe that by the normal criteria for judging records — the mixture of sound playing, singing and words — that Dylan has gotten there often enough or consistently enough.

Chaplin transcended his lack of interest in the function of directing through his physical presence. Almost everyone recognizes that his face was the equal of other directors’ cameras, that his acting became his direction. But Dylan has no one trait — not even his lyrics — that is the equal of Chaplin’s acting. In this respect, Elvis Presley may be more representative of a rock artist whose raw talent has overcome a lack of interest and control in the process of making records.

Read the rest of this review here.

Bob Dylan – Tangled Up In Blue (New York Version 1974 Stereo)

Bob Dylan – You’re A Big Girl Now (New York Version)

Bob Dylan – Idiot Wind (New York Version 1974 Stereo)

Bob Dylan – Lily, Rosemary & The Jack Of Hearts (New York Version Stereo 1974)

Bob Dylan – If You See Her, Say Hello (New York Version 1974 Stereo)

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[I published my novel, True Love Scars, in August of 2014.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book. Read it here. And Doom & Gloom From The Tomb ran this review which I dig. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

Video: Bob Dylan At Beacon Theater, 1990 – ‘Willin’,’ ‘Man In The Long Black Coat’ & More

Bob Dylan at the Beacon Theater, New York, October 17, 1990.

The concert begins 30 seconds into the video clip.

Set list

Absolutely Sweet Marie
Man In The Long Black Coat
T.V. Talkin’ Song
Simple Twist Of Fate
Wiggle Wiggle
Man Of Constant Sorrow
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
Tangled Up In Blue
What Good Am I?
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
In The Garden
Like A Rolling Stone
The Times They Are A-Changin’
Highway 61 Revisited

[Last August I published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of the book. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

Video: Bob Dylan Live At Madison Square Garden – 1998 – Full Concert – ‘Positively 4th Street,’ ‘Cold Irons Bound’ & More

Seventeen years ago.

Bob Dylan and his band at the Madison Square Garden Theater, January 20 1998.

Set List:

Absolutely Sweet Marie
Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You
Cold Irons Bound
Born In Time
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Girl From The North Country
Tangled Up In Blue
Million Miles
Positively 4th Street
‘Til I Fell In Love With You
Highway 61 Revisited
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Love Sick
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

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Video: Bob Dylan In Concert, Madison Square Garden Arena, 2001

A decade and a half ago Bob Dylan was still filling his sets songs from his past.

On November 19, 2001 he brought his band to the Madison Square Garden Arena in New York and performed a set that included songs from many of the albums he recorded in the ’60s and early ’70s.

Someone was nice enough to share this very cool video of the show:

Set List:

Wait For The Light To Shine
It Ain’t Me, Babe
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
Searching For A Soldier’s Grave
Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum
Just Like A Woman
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Lonesome Day Blues
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Tangled Up In Blue
John Brown
Summer Days
Sugar Baby
Drifter’s Escape
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Things Have Changed
Like A Rolling Stone
Forever Young
Honest With Me
Blowin’ In The Wind
All Along The Watchtower

Audio: Bob Dylan Wraps Up ‘Blood On The Tracks,’ Records ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ & Others – Dec. 30, 1974

Forty years ago, on December 30, 1974, Bob Dylan finished recording Blood On The Tracks at Sound 80 Studios in Minneapolis; on that day he rerecorded three songs for the album.

He had recorded a version of the entire album in New York, but after he played the album for his brother David Zimmerman, decided to recut some of it in Minneapolis with his brother producing.

“I had the acetate,” Dylan said later, after the album was released. “I hadn’t listened to it for a couple of months. The record still hadn’t come out, and I put it on. I just didn’t… I thought the songs could have sounded differently, better. So I went in and re-recorded them.”

The musicians he used in Minneapolis: Greg Inhofer (keyboards), Bill Berg (drums) and Chris Weber (guitar, 12-string guitar), Bill Peterson (bass), Peter Ostroushko (mandolin) and Kevin Odegard (guitar).

That day Dylan tried one more time to nail “Tangled Up In Blue,” “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts” and “If You See Her, Say Hello.”

Clearly he was pleased with the outcome, as those were the takes that ended up on the album.

(According to Clinton Heylin, Dylan may have recorded “Meet Me In The Morning” that day too, although Michael Krogsgaard, who was given access to the recording sheets of the sessions, didn’t find that song listed.)

According to Wikipedia, Dylan told Mary Travers in a radio interview in April 1975: “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 once said that “Tangled Up In Blue” took ten years to live and two years to write.

Dyaln also said of “Tangled Up In Blue”: “What’s different about it is that there’s a code in the lyrics, and there’s also no sense of time. I was trying to make it like a painting where you can see the different parts but then you also see the whole of it… the characters change from the first person to the third person, and you’re never quite sure if the third person is talking or the first person is talking. But if you look at the whole thing it doesn’t really matter.”

Uncut magazine on Blood On The Tracks.

Rolling Stone on Blood On The Tracks.

“Tangled Up In Blue,” official version:

Tangled Up in Blue by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts,” official version:

Lily Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“If You See Her, Say Hello,” official version:

If You See Her, Say Hello by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark


“Tangled Up In Blue”:

Tangled Up In Blue (Unreleased Take) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Tangled Up In Blue”:

Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts”:

Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts (NY Outtake) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

“If You See Her Say Hello”:

Check out my post on “If You See Her, Say Hello” here.

“Meet Me In The Morning,” alternate take, recorded September 19, 1974 according to Harold Lepidus at the Bob Dylan Examiner site. (This version was officially released in 2012 as the B side of the “Duquesne Whistle” single):

[I recently published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

Audio/Video: Bob Dylan at the Beacon – ‘Pay In Blood,’ ‘Early Roman Kings’ & 6 More

Murky, but it is Dylan.

Bob Dylan performed in New York at the Beacon Theater over the course of the last week or so.

Here are audio/video files from a few shows. The audio is quite good.


“Beyond Here Lies Nothing,” Nov. 29, 2014 show:

Another fan video.

“Beyond Here Lies Nothing,” Nov. 29, 2014 show:

“Early Roman Kings,” Nov. 29, 2014 show (note that the video itself is mislabeled):

“Waiting For You” (excerpt), Nov. 29, 2014 show:

“Pay In Blood,” Dec. 2014 show:

“Tangled Up In Blue,” Nov. 29, 2014 show:

“Love Sick,” Dec. 2014 show:

“Simple Twist Of Fate,” Nov. 29, 2014 show:

Another fan video:

“Simple Twist Of Fate,” Nov. 29, 2014 show:

“Forgetful Heart,” Nov. 29, 2014 show:

“Long And Wasted Years”:

“Blowin’ In The Wind,” Nov. 29, 2014 show:

“Blowin’ In The Wind,” Dec. 2, 2013 show:

“Stay With Me,” Nov. 29, 2014 show:

“Stay With Me,” December 3, 2014 show:

Review: Bob Dylan & Band In Top Form at Oakland’s Paramount Theater, Oct. 30, 2014

Bob Dylan and his band at the Paramount Theater. Photo by Michael Goldberg.

The clang of an ancient gong announced that Bob Dylan was in the house, and that his first set for the final night of a three-night gig (October 30, 2014) at the beautifully restored Paramount Theater in downtown Oakland, CA, had begun.

Was I excited, yeah baby! Yet I was worried too. How could he compare to the Dylan of old?

“Ah, but I was so much older then/ I’m younger than that now,” he once sang, though not on this night.

And it was good he didn’t. Those lines made sense when he wrote them, when he was in his early 20s.

But Dylan is 73, he’s so much older now.

I last saw him live at the Greek Theater in Berkeley in June of 1986, and it wasn’t the best show. Frankly, it was a shadow of the show I saw in 1974 when Dylan and The Band played the Oakland Coliseum and tore the place up. That was incredible.

Think about it though. 1986. That was nearly 30 years ago. Ancient history. Another lifetime.

Bob Dylan, age 73. What would that be like? I’d seen John Lee Hooker perform at the Sweetwater when he was past 80 and he was fantastic. And I saw Muddy Waters when he was 65, and he was damn good too. There’s a wisdom that sometimes comes with age.

But Dylan? With his ragged frog of a voice. And no guitar, ’cause he doesn’t play guitar anymore. How’s that gonna work?

Whatever my pre-show worries, as soon as the band kicked off with “Things Have Changed” I relaxed.

This was gonna be good.

Dylan came onto the stage, a character out of one of his more surreal songs. The flat-brimmed white hat, something a Spanish Don wore in the ’20s perhaps. And a black frock coat with white trim. Dylan was dressing up for us. He wasn’t showing up in his streetwear — jeans and a hoodie. No way, he was here in a grand old theater and he had dressed the part.

A band leader. A performer. An artist.

Dylan is the master of great looks.

He still has style. And you know what, Dylan dressing up the way he does each night, sends the audience a message before he even sings a note. This isn’t gonna be Chuck Berry doing just another gig. This is special. Bob Dylan got dressed up on this night for this crowd. He cares.

I was there with a long time friend, and later during the show he asked me how this show compared to when I’d seen Dylan in 1974.

Well you can’t compare the Dylan of the past and the Dylan of today, I said. It’s like he’s a different person now. It’s like the folkie protest Dylan was one guy, and the Highway 61 Revisited Dylan was another, and the man who recorded the Basement tapes and John Wesley Harding was someone else again.

The Dylan of 2014 is yet another Dylan.

The show.

First of all, I thought Dylan was in great voice, and having listened to a recording of the show I can say that with even more force. Sure his voice is different. More Tom Waits than Woody Guthrie. But if you give it a chance, it grows on you and pretty soon you find yourself totally digging it. And it’s totally Dylan’s voice. On this night he was a live wire.

Dylan as piano man. He’s always had his own bluesy piano style, and over the years he’s gotten even better. So while I miss Dylan on guitar, his whorehouse piano on numerous songs including the snaky tango, “Beyond Here Lies Nothing,” was just right. And while some have derided his harmonica playing since the early days, I’ve always been a huge fan. On this night his harp breaks were dead-on perfect.

He seemed totally in-the-moment and with us as he sang his songs — all but one being his own compositions.

But what knocked me out the most was the set list. Of the 18 songs Dylan sang, 14 were ‘new’ songs, written in the 21st century. Only one, “She Belongs To Me,” was written in the ’60s, and two, “Simple Twist Of Fate” and “Tangled Up In Blue,” came from the mid-’70s. The final song of the night was Dylan’s version of a song Frank Sinatra made famous, “Stay With Me.”

That’s gutsy. That’s self-confidence. And you know what? These 21st century Bob Dylan songs are killer.

While Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones go out and play oldie-but-goodie greatest hits shows, Bob Dylan plays material from his most recent albums.

Dylan these days comes across onstage as a working musician. He doesn’t talk to the audience. He’s there to play music.

“He’s a real song and dance man,” my friend said.

Dylan was either at the piano, standing fairly still before the microphone as he sang, or swaying in place as one of his band members took a killer solo.

And speaking of the band, another thought I had as I took in the music was that this current band are as good as The Band.

Dylan has assembled his version of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, or Merle Haggard and the Strangers.

What I mean is, this band is like those great country-western bands, musicians who play with soul and really have their chpps down. Now I’ve been cheering the raw, imperfect sound of punk bands since the early days of The Stooges and the MC5, and if I’ve got to choose between soul and spirt, or musician ship, I’ll take soul and spirit every time.

But Dylan’s guys, they are some of the best musicians you’ll ever hear; they’ve got a total feel for Dylan’s music. As used to be said of a great jazz band, they swing.

Bassist Tony Garnier (on upright), drummer George Receli and rhythm guitarist Stu Kimball are a rock solid rhythm section. They ground the songs and let Dylan, lead guitarist Charlie Sexton and mutli-instrumentalist Donnie Herron (pedal steel, lap steel, electric mandolin, banjo, violin) add beautiful texture and solos.

Both Sexton and Herron are simply incredible. I love pedal steel guitar and Herron added hip country riffs to “Things Have Changed,” “Workingman’s Blues #2,” “Duquesne Whistle,” and others.

Meanwhile Sexton added electrifying riffs and solos.

Dylan has become a great band leader. Years on the road, and certainly his perfectionist demands, have turned this band into one of the best.

Highlights? The beautiful ballad “Forgetful Heart” was love on a moonlit night, with rhapsodic violin from Herron, and a mournful harmonica solo from Dylan. “Long And Wasted Years” was a triumph, from that unforgettable opening riff and Dylan’s defiant vocal, to the final lines:

“So much for tears
So much for these long and wasted years.”

There were many other highlights. “Early Roman Kings,” “Simple Twist Of Fait,” “Scarlet Town,” “Pay In Blood,” “High Water (For Charley Patton)” — I could go on.

After nearly two hours of listening to Dylan’s new music, it’s clear that just as Dylan and the Hawks had a very unique sound in the ’60s, so too do Dylan and his current band.

Leaving the Paramount, I said to my friend, the music Bob Dylan now makes is totally its own thing. It has nothing to do with current trends, and it’s not some retro trip either. The only reference point for Dylan’s new music is Dylan. He’s created something unique that works for him in 2014, and his fans love it. Dylan being Dylan, and nothing could be better.

You could call the music Dylan and the band make Americana, an umbrella term that covers blues, rock, rockabilly, jazz, folk, country, western swing and more, but if were going to name Dylan’s sound, I’d want to come up with something more unique. But really, what’s the point.

It’s 2014 Bob Dylan music, a thing all its own.

The musicians:

Bob Dylan — vocal, piano, harmonica
Stu Kimball — rhythm guitar
Donnie Herron — pedal steel, lap steel, electric mandolin, banjo, violin
Charlie Sexton — lead guitar
Tony Garnier — bass guitar
George Receli — drums, percussion

Set List:

Set I
Things Have Changed
She Belongs to Me
Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Workingman’s Blues #2
Waiting for You
Duquesne Whistle
Pay in Blood
Tangled Up in Blue
Love Sick

Set II
High Water (For Charley Patton)
Simple Twist of Fate
Early Roman Kings
Forgetful Heart
Spirit on the Water
Scarlet Town
Soon after Midnight
Long and Wasted Years

Stay With Me

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” Rolling Stone has a great review of my book in a recent issue. Read it here. There’s info about True Love Scars here.]

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Audio: Bob Dylan Sings ‘Tangled Up In Blue’ – Brisbane, Australia

Another song from Bob Dylan’s show at the The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia, August 25, 2014.

This time I’ve got “Tangled Up In Blue.”

Check out the other clips here and here and here and here.

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll novel, True Love Scars.” There’s info about it here.]

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Audio: Bob Dylan Live At The Hammersmith Apollo, London – Nov. 20, 2011 – Full Set

Bob Dylan’s complete set from his Nov. 20, 2011 appearance at the Hammersmith Apollo in London.


Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
All Over Now, Baby Blue
Things Have Changed
Trying To Get To Heaven
Honest With Me
Tangled Up In Blue
Summer Days
Blind Willie McTell
Highway 61 Revisited
Desolation Row
Thunder On The Mountain
Ballad Of A Thin Man
All Along The Watchtower
Like A Rolling Stone

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Video: Bob Dylan Sings ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ in Tokyo, April 5, 2014 + Full March 31 & April 1 Shows

Tokyo Bob

Bob Dylan has, of course been performing nightly at the Zepp Divercity in Tokyo.

Below is the audio for the first two shows, plus video from the April 4 and 5 shows.

Bob Dylan
Zepp Divercity
Tokyo, Japan
March 31, 2014

Bob Dylan
Zepp Divercity
Tokyo, Japan
April 1, 2014

Tokyo, Japan
Zepp DiverCity
April 4, 2014

“Long and Wasted Years”:

Tokyo, Japan
Zepp DiverCity
April 5, 2014

“Tangled Up In Blue”: