Carter’s Catalog: Bob Dylan, “Planet Waves” and “Blood on the Tracks”

In a special edition of Carter’s Catalog, Carter Alan talks about Bob Dylan’s albums “Planet Waves” and “Blood on the Tracks,” released on this day in consecutive years from 1974 to 1975.

Dylan really took everyone by surprise when he released Planet Waves in 1974. He was coming off making “big sweeping cultural statements” on previous albums and shocked listeners with more intimate, personal material. The overall reception of the album was lukewarm as a result, but it did produce one timeless classic in “Forever Young.”

It would be 1975 where Dylan made something of a “comeback” with Blood on the Tracks, widely considered one of his strongest albums and Carter’s personal favorite. As he explains in the video clip below, Dylan had just toured and released his live album Before the Flood, and you can just hear how invigorated he was when he entered the studio – and apparently scrapped the original recordings and re-did everything!

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