Poll: Dylan - "Meet Me in the Morning" or "Call Letter Blues"

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  1. RayS

    RayS A Little Bit Older and a Little Bit Slower Thread Starter

    Out of My Element
    Both recorded 9-16-74. Dylan had two sets of lyrics for the same tune and recorded both. Bob picked "Meet Me in the Morning", and "Call Letter Blues" sat in the can until The Bootleg Series came along. What's your pick?
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  2. RayS

    RayS A Little Bit Older and a Little Bit Slower Thread Starter

    Out of My Element
    Dylan's folks are really good at keeping his released material off of YouTube. So here's a cover of "Call Letter Blues".

  3. RayS

    RayS A Little Bit Older and a Little Bit Slower Thread Starter

    Out of My Element
    And here's an alternate take of "Meet Me in the Morning"

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  4. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Western Canada
    Though I loved Call Letter when I first heard it on the Bootleg Series all those years ago, I must go with Bob's decision for the Meet Me...lyrics.

    Fifty siiiiix and Wabashaw...love it.
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  5. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    Meet Me In the Morning really takes me back to Blood On the Tracks when I was young and sure that Dylan KNEW.
  6. majorlance

    majorlance Forum Resident

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    Wow, never really thought about this! MMITM seems somehow slighter lyrically, but I'm guessing that Dylan thought twice about releasing lyrics like "Well, the children cry for mother/I tell them, 'Mother took a trip'” while his marriage was disintegrating.
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  7. RayS

    RayS A Little Bit Older and a Little Bit Slower Thread Starter

    Out of My Element
    Personally this is a no-contest for me. "Call Letter Blues" by a landslide. I always considered "Meet Me in the Morning" as the slightest song on "BOTT", and I loved "Call Letter Blues" at first listen. Just a deeper, more emotional song, and one much more cut from the same cloth as the other BOTT songs, to me.
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  8. mrjinks

    mrjinks Optimistically Challenged

    Boise, ID.
    Ditto. Surprised by the results so far...

    Edit: a relevant poll result from way back...
    Round 2: which Dylan recordings are better? Originals or Bootleg Series?
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  9. nojmplease

    nojmplease Host, You Can't Unhear This

    New York, NY
    I love that lead guitar tone on Meet Me in the Morning. It's the only time I've heard it ever used on a Dylan track, and it reminds me of Jimmy Page's tone on the solo in You Shook Me. It just sounds raw and awesome. Anyone know who plays it?
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  10. jeddy

    jeddy Forum Resident

    Can't believe Call Letter Blues is
    behind in this poll!
    It's so much better!
    So much more visceral
    with better lyrics to.

    ...oh ya......IMO
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  11. The Bard

    The Bard Highway 61 Revisited. That is all.

    CLB easy.
  12. Maranatha5585

    Maranatha5585 BELLA + RIP

    Down South
    Call Letter ~
    Absolutely, more raw energy and a real sense of immediacy.
    Good call Ray...
  13. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    "Morning" for purely musical reasons; the vocal melody is superior as well as the arrangement. That guitar tone mentioned upthread is fantastic.
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  14. Afaninfull

    Afaninfull Forum Resident

    I thought Call Letter Blues was one of the biggest revelations on The Bootleg Series. I agree with the post discussing the line about the children cry for mother and how much pain and blame it directs. It is a very powerful song and would have complimented If You See Her, Say Hello and You’re A Big Girl Now.
  15. Hey Vinyl Man

    Hey Vinyl Man Another bloody Yank down under...

    "Call Letter Blues" was and is one of my favorite songs on the Bootleg Series. Nothing against "Meet Me in the Morning," but I do prefer "Call Letter Blues".
  16. Meet Me In The Morning. While I think Up To Me should have been included on the album, leaving Call Letter Blues off in favor of Meet Me In The Morning was the right thing to do in my opinion.
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  17. majorlance

    majorlance Forum Resident

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    It's pedal steel guitarist Buddy Cage, a longtime member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage, probably going through some kind of distortion box or other signal processing. Of course, Cage also appears on the New York version of "You're a Big Girl Now."
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  18. ExHead

    ExHead Forum Resident

    The acoustic MMITM is the best of all for me
  19. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Call letter.
    Perhaps Dylan felt it too personal, thus "meet me" was spun.
    The alternate take posted is great stuff.
  20. HominyRhodes

    HominyRhodes Forum Resident

    The trouble with picking a favorite among the three circulating versions of the song is that they were all released so many years apart from each other. The BOTT version probably has less interesting lyrics, but the vocal performance is really something, and it does blend well with the other MPLS tracks on the record; likewise, the RSD solo acoustic take, which has that NYC flavor; "Call Letter Blues" was kind of a shocker when it came out, with those raw, stinging lyrics, and is, truly, quite a different type of song.

    I can't really choose, so I'm gonna punt instead -- here's Freddie King's bluesy version of Meet Me In The Morning.

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