Bob Dylan ‘Blood on the Tracks’ Bootleg Series leaked

The set will be available on a variety of editions

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Bob Dylan – More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 on Friday, November 2nd.

The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series makes available the pivotal studio recordings made by Bob Dylan during six extraordinary sessions in 1974–four in New York (September 16, 17, 18, 19) and two in Minneapolis (December 27, 30)–that resulted in the artist’s 1975 masterpiece, Blood On The Tracks. One of the top-selling albums of Dylan’s career, Blood On The Tracks redefined the boundaries and structures of modern pop songwriting (a genre Dylan had virtually invented a decade prior), reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, achieved RIAA 2x Platinum status and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.

Blood On The Tracks was originally recorded during four days in New York City in September, 1974. Soon thereafter, the album was mastered and review copies began to circulate. A few months later, Dylan felt the album needed a different approach and rerecorded five of the tracks at Minneapolis Sound 80 Studios beginning in late December of that year. While a few of the outtakes from the original New York sessions have been highly prized by bootleggers and collectors, most of these recordings have never been available in any format.

The single disc and 2 LP configuration of More Blood, More Tracks assembles ten of the most emotionally resonant alternate takes of each of the ten songs appearing the original Blood On The Tracks plus a previously unreleased version of “Up to Me.”

The 6 CD full-length deluxe version of Bob Dylan – More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 includes the complete New York sessions in chronological order including outtakes, false starts and studio banter. The album’s producers have worked from best sources available, in most cases utilizing the original multi-track session tapes.

The only recordings remaining from the Minneapolis Sound 80 sessions are the multi-track masters of the five performances included on the finished Blood On The Tracks album. Each of these has been remixed and remastered for the deluxe edition of More Blood, More Tracks.

In his liner notes for More Blood, More Tracks, Jeff Slate observes that, “Dylan cut each of these amazing performances – some of the best he ever committed to tape – one after the other, live in the studio, without headphones, and without the types of overdubs that most performers rely on to make their records sound finished. Instead, on these tracks, we find Dylan – just a singer with a guitar and a harmonica and a batch of great songs – delivering performances that thrill you when they’re supposed to and break your heart when they need to…. The performances are also in the purest state we’ve ever experienced them. During the production of Blood On The Tracks, Dylan asked [producer Phil] Ramone to speed up many of the masters by 2-3%, a common practice in the 1960s and ’70s, especially for records sent to AM radio. It was thought that doing so would give the songs a little extra bounce to better engage listeners. Most of the songs from the New York sessions that previously circulated, officially and unofficially, are the sped-up versions that Dylan requested. On More Blood, More Tracks, for the first time, we’re hearing the songs exactly as Dylan recorded them.”

Bob Dylan – More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 will be available in a single disc (or 2 LP) configuration showcasing 11 essential tracks from the New York A&R Studio sessions.

Two previous volumes in Columbia/Legacy’s Bob Dylan Bootleg Series have taken home the Best Historical Album Grammy Award for its respective eligibility year: Bob Dylan – The Cutting Edge 1965-1966, The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 in 2017 and Bob Dylan – The Basement Tapes Complete, The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 in 2016.

The deluxe box set is a limited edition. After it sells out, no additional copies will be made. This set includes a hardcover photo book featuring liner notes by rock historian Jeff Slate and a complete reproduction of one of Dylan’s legendary handwritten 57 page notebooks, where you can follow the lyrical development of the songs that would eventually comprise Blood On The Tracks.

CD | 2 LP | 6 CD

Disc 1:

  1. If You See Her, Say Hello
  2. If You See Her, Say Hello
  3. You’re a Big Girl Now
  4. You’re a Big Girl Now
  5. Simple Twist of Fate
  6. Simple Twist of Fate
  7. You’re a Big Girl Now
  8. Up to Me
  9. Up to Me
  10. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
  11. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts

Disc 2:

  1. Simple Twist of Fate
  2. Simple Twist of Fate
  3. Simple Twist of Fate
  4. Call Letter Blues
  5. Meet Me in the Morning
  6. Call Letter Blues
  7. Idiot Wind
  8. Idiot Wind
  9. Idiot Wind
  10. Idiot Wind
  11. Idiot Wind
  12. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  13. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  14. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  15. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  16. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  17. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  18. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  19. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  20. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

Disc 3:

  1. Tangled Up in Blue
  2. You’re a Big Girl Now
  3. You’re a Big Girl Now
  4. Tangled Up in Blue
  5. Tangled Up in Blue
  6. Spanish Is the Loving Tongue
  7. Call Letter Blues
  8. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  9. Shelter from the Storm
  10. Buckets of Rain
  11. Tangled Up in Blue
  12. Buckets of Rain
  13. Shelter from the Storm
  14. Shelter from the Storm
  15. Shelter from the Storm

Disc 4:

  1. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  2. You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  3. Buckets of Rain
  4. Buckets of Rain
  5. Buckets of Rain
  6. Buckets of Rain
  7. Up to Me
  8. Up to Me
  9. Buckets of Rain
  10. Buckets of Rain
  11. Buckets of Rain
  12. Buckets of Rain
  13. If You See Her, Say Hello
  14. Up to Me
  15. Up to Me
  16. Up to Me
  17. Buckets of Rain
  18. Meet Me in the Morning
  19. Meet Me in the Morning
  20. Buckets of Rain

Disc 5:

  1. Tangled Up in Blue
  2. Tangled Up in Blue
  3. Tangled Up in Blue
  4. Simple Twist of Fate
  5. Simple Twist of Fate
  6. Up to Me
  7. Up to Me
  8. Idiot Wind
  9. Idiot Wind
  10. Idiot Wind
  11. You’re a Big Girl Now
  12. Meet Me in the Morning
  13. Meet Me in the Morning

Disc 6:

  1. You’re a Big Girl Now
  2. Tangled Up in Blue
  3. Tangled Up in Blue
  4. Idiot Wind
  5. You’re a Big Girl Now
  6. Tangled up in Blue
  7. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
  8. If You See Her, Say Hello

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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