Blood on the Tracks

Bob Dylan's brilliant 1975 masterwork gets the hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) 5.1 multichannel treatment here, to stunning effect.

Bob Dylan's brilliant 1975 masterwork gets the hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) 5.1 multichannel treatment here, to stunning effect. It truly is Dylan like never before, immediately apparent from the opening guitar chords of "Tangled Up in Blue." Such panoramic sagas as that and "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts" work particularly well in the format. Ditto for more subtle pieces like the gentle, swaying "Buckets of Rain," the wistful "If You See Her, Say Hello" and the bluesy "Meet Me in the Morning." Dylan is in a zone here, tossing out classics like Mardi Gras beads: the sneering "Idiot Wind," the bittersweet "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go," the romantic "Simple Twist of Fate" and the timeless "Shelter From the Storm." Sharply drawn characters abound, and instrumentation is crisp and never intrusive. This release is part of an ambitious 15-SACD reissue project on Dylan that must impress even him. Fans without SACD players can rejoice, too, as the fully remastered albums sound great on regular CD players.—RW