Dec 30: Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks, 6th & final recording session 1974





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The second session @ Minneapolis’ Sound 80 Studios, and the last recording session for “Blood On The Tracks”.

With the first session being a success, Dylan was more relaxed for this session. He knew & trusted the people he was working with. He was also more open to suggestions. The first song he wanted to try was the pivotal “Tangled Up In Blue”; the master take here proved to even top the brilliant New York version.

In New York “Tangled Up In Blue” had been recorded in the key of E (open tuning configuration), in Minneapolis Dylan first tried it in the key of G. Odegard then suggested: “..I think it would be better, livelier, if we moved it up to A with capos. It would kick ass up a notch” (quote from the book “A Simple Twist of Fate: Bob Dylan and the Making of Blood on the Tracks”). And so they did.. & the master take of one of the greatest songs in history was recorded.

Sound 80 Studio
Minneapolis, Minnesota
30 December 1974 
6th and last Blood On The Tracks recording session

Producer: David Zimmerman
Engineer: Paul Martinson

Musicians:

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar & harmonica)
  • Kevin Odegard (guitar)
  • Peter Ostroushko (mandolin)
  • Billy Peterson (bass)
  • Gregg Inhofer (keyboards)
  • Bill Berg (drums)




  1. Tangled Up In Blue (G version)
  2. Tangled Up In Blue (partial A version, rehearsal)
  3. Tangled Up In Blue 
    First released on “Blood On The Tracks” – January 17, 1975
  4. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts (rehearsal)
  5. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
    First released on “Blood On The Tracks” – January 17, 1975
  6. If You See Her, Say Hello
  7. If You See Her, Say Hello
    First released on “Blood On The Tracks” – January 17, 1975

 

Overdubs:

  • Bob Dylan: Mandolin on If You See Her, Say Hello
  • Chris Weber: twelve-string guitar on If You See Her, Say Hello

Our earlier posts on the “Blood On the Tracks Sessions”:




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-Egil

3 thoughts on “Dec 30: Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks, 6th & final recording session 1974”

  1. FM radio opened up so much for this southern farm boy in the seventies, Dylan’s track, Shelter from the Storm did it for me. Definitely one of my all-time favorite albums ev’a…all praises due!!!

  2. So many people seem to love the versions cut in New York, but I believe that w/o exception the Mpls. tracks are better. Of course, I spun them on my faithful turntable about 4,500 times each after they first came out, so any other version after that would likely just seem wrong!

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