Bob Dylan – Tangled Up In Blue (1975)
In his early period, Dylan seldom fared well in relationship songs. His snarky, nasal bray wasn’t the best mode of expression for an artist already too arrogant and full of himself.
However, by 1975 time and circumstance had beaten down his trademark whine into a world weary croon that suited his songs (and the audience) better. “Tangled Up In Blue” is story song about a red hot love affair driven into the ditch. Dylan journeys from the “Great North Woods” down to New Orleans. He meets a lot of women, but his old flame never ‘escapes his mind’. We now had a Dylan that could share the guilt and feel the pain. Like many pathetic Bobophiles, I was sure “Tangled Up In Blue” was somehow telepathically speaking to me personally.
Bob is forever shape-shifting and tweaking his songs. Forces of Nature seldom sit still. As a result, his live performances can frustrate fans who worship a certain recorded version of their favorite song. Here is Dylan messing with his own masterpiece to questionable effect…..