1974 ON THE ROAD AGAIN

 

 

1   INTRODUCTION

2   The Year At a glance

3   CALENDAR

4   RECORDINGS

5   BEFORE THE FLOOD

6   BLOOD ON THE TRACKS

 

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1               INTRODUCTION

After eight years off the road, some call them "the lost years", 1974  found Dylan back on the road with a tour of North America backed by The Band, Tour '74. This was also the year when Dylan's marriage to Sara started to break up. This is documented in Blood On The Tracks which was recorded in the fall.

 

2               The Year At a glance

   

3               CALENDAR

3 January

Tour '74 starts with two shows in Chicago, Illinois. The surprise opener id Hero Blues, repeated thesecond night in Chicago, then dropped in favor of Most Like You Go Your Way at most of the shows. Four songs from Planet Waves get their live debut Tough Mama, Nobody 'Cept You, Something There Is About You and Forever Young. The first three are sadly replaced later on in the tour. All Along The Watchtower and Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) are also played live for the first time.

4 January Live debut of Knockin' On Heaven's Door.
7 January The fifth song from Planet Waves, Wedding Song is played at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
8 January New York Times interview by John Rockwell.
10 January As I Went Out One Morning makes its live debut at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It has not been played live since.
14 January Newsweek interview by Maureen Orth.
15 January Washington Post interview by Tom Zito.
17 January Planet Waves is released
21 January Time interview by David Devoss.

14 February

After no less than 40 shows Tour '74 ends at The Forum, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California.

February

Single A Night Like This/You Angel You is released.

March

Single Something There Is About You/Tough Mama is released.

9 May

Dylan appears at the 'The Friends of Chile' benefit concert at the Felt Forum in New York City.

20 June

Before The Flood is released.

Late June

Single  Most Like You Go Your Way/Stage Fright (The Band) is released.

Summer Single All Along The Watchtower/It Ain't Me Babe is released.
July Dylan writes the bulk of the songs that are to be included on the Blood On The Tracks album. Songs that didn't make the album are There Ain't Gonna Be Any Next Time, Belltower Blues, Where Do You Turn? It's Breaking Me Up, Don't Want No Married Woman, Ain't It Funny, Little Bit Of Rain. The lyrics to these are included in a small notebook together with the released songs.
2 August Dylan signs an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records.
16 September 1st Blood On The Tracks session.

17 September

2nd Blood On The Tracks session.

18 September 3rd Blood On The Tracks session.
19 September 4th Blood On The Tracks session.
November Test pressing of Blood On The Tracks.
27 December 5th Blood On The Tracks session.
30 December 6th Blood On The Tracks session.
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4               RECORDINGS

 
  9 May

New York City, New York

The Friends of Chile Benefit Concert

16 September

New York City, New York

1st Blood On The Tracks recording session

17 September

New York City, New York

2nd Blood On The Tracks recording session

18 September

New York City, New York

3rd Blood On The Tracks recording session

19 September

New York City, New York

4th Blood On The Tracks recording session

27 December

Minneapolis, Minnesota

5th Blood On The Tracks recording session

30 December

Minneapolis, Minnesota

6th and last Blood On The Tracks recording session

 

For details please refer to the corresponding Still On The Road session pages. The 1974 tour is covered in chapter Fel! Hittar inte referenskälla..

 

5               BEFORE THE FLOOD

The live album from the 1974 tour was recorded in New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California as follows:

Most Likely You Go Your Way
(And I'll Go Mine)

14 February 1974 – Evening

Lay Lady Lay

13 February 1974

Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35

13 February 1974

Knockin' On Heaven's Door

30 January 1974

It Ain't Me, Babe

14 February 1974 – Evening

Ballad Of A Thin Man

14 February 1974 – Afternoon

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

14 February 1974 – Evening

Just Like A Woman

14 February 1974 – Evening

It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

14 February 1974 – Evening

All Along The Watchtower

14 February 1974 – Afternoon

Highway 61 Revisited

14 February 1974 – Evening

Like A Rolling Stone

13 February 1974

Blowin' In The Wind

13 February 1974 + 14 February 1974 – Afternoon

 

Note that Blowin' In The Wind is a splice of two performances.

 

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6               BLOOD ON THE TRACKS

This album was recorded during four different sessions in September in New York City. Five songs were re-recorded during two sessions in Minneapolis, Minnesota after Christmas. Here's a summary:

 

 

# of

take released on

 

Date

Song

takes

BOTT[1]

BS[2]

BEST[3]

BIOG[4]

16 September

If You See Her, Say Hello

2

 

2

 

 

 

You're A Big Girl Now

2

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Twist Of Fate

5

 

 

 

 

 

You're A Big Girl Now

1

 

 

 

 

 

Up To Me

8

 

 

 

 

 

Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts

1

1[5]

 

 

 

 

Call Letter Blues

2

 

2

 

 

 

Meet Me In The Morning

1

1

 

 

 

 

Idiot Wind

6

63

 

 

 

 

You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

8

 

 

 

 

 

Tangled Up In Blue

1

 

1

 

 

17 September

You're A Big Girl Now

2

23

 

 

 

 

Tangled Up In Blue

1

 

 

 

 

 

Blues

1

 

 

 

 

 

You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

4

4

 

 

 

 

Shelter From The Storm

5

5

 

1

 

 

Buckets Of Rain

2

 

 

 

 

 

Tangled Up In Blue

1

 

 

 

 

18 September

Buckets Of Rain

2

 

 

 

 

19 September

Up To Me

7

 

 

 

7

 

Buckets Of Rain

5

4

 

 

 

 

If You See Her, Say Hello

1

73

 

 

 

 

Meet Me In The Morning

8

 

 

 

 

 

Tangled Up In Blue

6

33

 

 

 

 

Simple Twist Of Fate

3

3

 

 

 

 

Idiot Wind

4

 

4

 

 

 

You're A Big Girl Now

1

 

 

 

 

27 December [6]

Idiot Wind

N

N

 

 

 

 

You're A Big Girl Now

N

N

 

 

 

30 December 6

Tangled Up In Blue

N

N

 

 

 

 

Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts

N

N

 

 

 

 

If You See Her, Say Hello

N

N

 

 

 

 For more details about some of these sessions please refer to the corresponding session page in Still On The Road. Live history

Song

Debut

Buckets Of Rain

Only known live performance comes from The Fox Theater, Detroit, Michigan, 18 November 1990

Idiot Wind

Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida, 18 April 1976

If You See Her, Say Hello

Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida, 18 April 1976

Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts

Performed at The Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, 25 May 1976. No tape survives from this show.

Shelter From The Storm

Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida, 18 April 1976

Simple Twist Of Fate

Patrick Gymnasium, University Of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, 8 November 1975

Tangled Up In Blue

Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, Connecticut, 13 November 1975

You're A Big Girl Now

Reid Green Coliseum, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1 May 1976

You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

Starlight Ballroom, Belleview Biltmore Hotel, Clearwater, Florida, 22 April 1976

 Call Letter Blues, Meet Me In The Morning and Up To Me have probably never been played live. Officially released live versions:

Hard Rain

Idiot Wind, Shelter From The Storm

Hughes Stadium, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 23 May, 1976

At Budokan

Shelter From The Storm, Simple Twist Of Fate

Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan, 28 February 1978

Live 1961-2000

Shelter From The Storm

Hughes Stadium, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 23 May, 1976

Renaldo And Clara

Tangled Up In Blue

Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, 21 November 1975

Real Live

Tangled Up In Blue

Wembley Stadium, London, England, 7 July 1984

 Performances during The Never-Ending Tour:

Buckets Of Rain

1990

Idiot Wind

1992

If You See Her, Say Hello

1994-1999, 2001

Shelter From The Storm

1988-

Simple Twist Of Fate

1988-

Tangled Up In Blue

1988-

You're A Big Girl Now

1988-
 

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[1]  Blood On The Tracks
[2]  Bootleg Series
[3]  The Best Of Bob Dylan
[4]  Biograph
[5]  Released on the test pressing of Blood On The Tracks, later rejected.
[6]  Details from these session unknown, therefore no take numbers.