Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Tangled Up In Blue

For the first time in a long time, I just listened to the version of Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue" from the Bootleg Series. What was striking about this was how much better the song is on Blood on the Tracks, not only because it's performed better but because on the bootleg version Dylan sings most of it in the voice of someone else, talking about "he" instead of "I." Wow does that song gain power when he sings it in the first person. It's really remarkable to me listening to that just how huge the difference is. It takes the song from being OK to transcendent.