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Rock Report: Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks

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The Blood on the Tracks volume in author Geoffrey Giuliano's Rock Report series of interview discs is devoted to Bob Dylan's press conference of December 3, 1965, in San Francisco, which has been heard before on other discs, notably on the 1988 British album The San Francisco Press Conference December '65 on Highway 61 Records. By failing to note the source of the recording and using the subtitle "Blood on the Tracks," a reference to a Dylan album released more than nine years later, the album gives the false impression that the recording is more recent than it is. Further degrading its quality is the unwelcome incursion of Giuliano, who introduces the press conference on disc (still without saying when it occurred) and interrupts periodically with his uninteresting and poorly written comments. For example, he begins by speculating about whether Dylan was under the influence of some mind-altering substance at the press conference, when Dylan only sounds tired and is nevertheless very witty, then refers to the singer as "old Bob"; Dylan was 24 at the time. The press conference itself is often amusing, with some questioners openly antagonistic, while others try to come off as hip and irreverent as Dylan himself. For his part, Dylan is usually straightforward, even taking time to explain why he has trouble taking press conferences seriously. Due to the irritating interruptions, this is not the best of the various albums containing this often fascinating group interview with Dylan in his prime.

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