Bob Dylan ‎– Blood On The Tracks

Columbia ‎– HC 43235
Vinyl, LP, Album, Remastered, Mastersound Half Speed Mastered Audiophile Pressing



CBS Mastersound
Audiophile pressing
Half-speed mastered
Extended range recording
Mastered wth TLC at Half-Speed at the CBS Recording Studios, New York, on the CBS DisComputer System by Vlado Meller.

The half-speed master release is unique and different to all the other releases of this album. The recording runs approximately 2% slower than all the other pressings and has slightly longer track times. Dylan actually sped up the original album by two percent in the mastering. The vinyl "half-speed master" evidently used the pre-sped up tape, which is why it sounds so different.

This record comes with a triple-gatefold insert explaining the CBS Mastersound Recordings and listing the other releases to date.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 7464-43235-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): HAL 43235-2F 6 TI COLUMBIA NY A5
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): HBL 43235-2B ? TI COLUMBIA NY 2A

Other Versions (5 of 155) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
PC 33235 Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks(LP, Album, Bla) Columbia PC 33235 US 1975 Sell This Version
PCT 33235 Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks(Cass, Album) Columbia PCT 33235 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
CDCBS 69097 Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks(CD, Album, RE) CBS CDCBS 69097 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
69097, S 69097 Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks(LP, Album, RE) CBS, CBS 69097, S 69097 UK 1977 Sell This Version
VPCT 33235 Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks(Cass, Album, CRO) Columbia VPCT 33235 Canada Unknown Sell This Version


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April 12, 2013
edited over 5 years ago

I just got this as my first half-speed mastered record. It is clearly a big difference. I can't get it off the turntable, it's amazing. Recomended.


April 13, 2011
JTT: I have two copies of this, both purchased at time of release at different London stores. Both have identical
pressing faults at the end of 'Shelter From The Storm' and intermittantly through 'Buckets Of Rain', both
also have some vinyl clicks. I exchanged both for replacement copies and these were the same so I assume
many circulating copies must also suffer from this.

BOB DYLAN - Blood On The Tracks (Half Speed Master)


April 13, 2011
Thanks to Ben Clayton for the information this recording runs approximately 2% more slowly than other pressings of the album, resulting in slightly longer track times. Ben finds this is explained in Clinton Heylin's book "Dylan: Behind Closed Doors, The Recording Sessions 1960-1994" (page 107):

"As a further sleight of hand, Dylan seems to have actually sped up the resultant album., both Minneapolis and New York cuts, by two percent, in the mastering - presumably because he found the material dragged a little. The vinyl "half-speed master" evidently used the pre-sped up tape, making for quite a different listening experience."


April 15, 2010

Unfortunately only two Dylan albums were released in half-speed mastered form, this one and "Nashville Skyline". The sound quality is fantastic on both!

According to Clinton Heylin's book "Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions" (p.107), this LP runs 2% slower than the original version (and all subsequent versions) of "Blood On The Tracks", which was deliberately speeded-up during the mastering process.
This makes the half-speed mastered LP not only the best sounding but also the one that sticks closer to what was actually heard in the recording studios!