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Blood On The Tracks In Tulsa

Jeff Slate and John Doe, of the seminal Los Angeles punk band X, appeared at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a discussion about Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks and More Blood, More Tracks, the 14th edition of Dylan's long-running Bootleg Series, for which Jeff Slate contributed liner notes.

The pair were interviewed by Michael Chaiken of the Bob Dylan Center, and then performed individually and together.

Their performance included a version of Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue," as well as Doe's "Golden State" and X's "New World."

Jeff Slate and John Doe To Appear At The Bob Dylan Center In Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Woody Guthrie Center and Bob Dylan Center will host an evening celebrating the release of “The Bootleg Series Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks”, a new compilation of Bob Dylan recordings made between September and December of 1974. The program is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Woody Guthrie Center theater, 102 E. M.B. Brady St.

Join us for a discussion with songwriter and music journalist Jeff Slate, author of the liner notes in “More Blood, More Tracks”, and songwriter, actor and poet John Doe about the writing and recording of the songs that would become Dylan’s 1975 masterpiece “Blood On the Tracks”. Following the talk, which will include unseen footage from the Bob Dylan Archive, Jeff and John, best known from his work with the band X, will be performing together as a duo.

Tickets for the event are $20 and available in advance by calling 918-574-2710 or at the Woody Guthrie Center front desk.

Jeff Slate Writes About Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue" For The New Yorker

Jeff wrote about one of Bob Dylan's most famous songs -- "Tangled Up In Blue" -- in The New Yorker today:

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/bob-dylans-first-day-with-tangled-up-in-blue

Jeff Slate Pens Liner Notes for Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks

Jeff has penned the liner notes for Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks, to be released November 2, 2018, it was announced today.

The 6 CD deluxe edition, complete with Jeff's 10,000 word essay, can be ordered here. The single-disc version, as well as a 2 LP version, both with a 2,500 word essay, are also available.

Read the full announcement below, or via www.bobdylan.com.

Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks - The Bootleg Series Vol. 14

to Be Released by Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings on Friday, November 2

 

Eagerly Anticipated New Chapter in Acclaimed Dylan Bootleg Series Unveils Previously Unreleased Studio Performances from 1974's Mythic Blood On The Tracks Sessions

 

Single Disc / 2LP Edition Showcases Revelatory Alternate NYC Versions of All 10 Songs from the Original Album + Unreleased Take of "Up to Me"

 

6CD Limited Edition Deluxe Set Presents the Complete New York City Recording Sessions + the Five Existing Minneapolis/Sound 80 Recordings in Chronological Order

 

September 20, 2018-New York, NY-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 2.

 

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 #1 on the Billboard 200, achieved RIAA 2x Platinum status and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.

Blood On The Trackswas 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 / 2LP configuration of More Blood, More Tracks assembles 10 of the most emotionally resonant alternate takes of each of the 10 songs appearing the original Blood On The Tracks plus a previously unreleased version of "Up to Me."

The 6CD 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 2LP) 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.

Jeff Slate joins David Bowie alumns for A Bowie Celebration

Jeff will be joining his pals Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Gerry Leonard, Bernard Fowler, Carmine Rojas, Lee John and more on three East Coast dates of the A Bowie Celebration tour. He will appear with the band of Bowie alums at Irving Plaza in New York City, the State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and at the Keswick in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in March 2019.

For more information and tickets, visit the A Bowie Celebration website.

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