Simple Twist of Fate
|"Simple Twist of Fate"|
|Song by Bob Dylan|
|from the album Blood on the Tracks|
|Recorded||September 19, 1974 at A&R Recording Studios, New York City |
|Blood on the Tracks track listing|
The complete recording sessions of "Simple Twist of Fate" were released on the deluxe edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks in 2018. The first take of the song was recorded on September 16, 1974, and was also included on the single-CD and 2-LP versions of the album.
Dylan's November 20, 1975 live performance of the song from the Rolling Thunder Revue tour was released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue (2002) and on the box set The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings (2019). An unorthodox rendition at a mahjong parlor on October 28, 1975 was also included in the box set, as well as in the film Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019). A live performance recorded on February 28, 1978 appeared on Bob Dylan at Budokan (1979).
"Simple Twist of Fate" has been covered and reinterpreted by several artists: first covered by Joan Baez on Diamonds & Rust (1975); by the Jerry Garcia Band on their 2-disc live album Jerry Garcia Band (1991) and on Run for the Roses (1982) (bonus track on 2004 rerelease); by Concrete Blonde on their Still in Hollywood (1994) collection; by Sean Costello on his self-titled album (2005); by The Format on Listen to Bob Dylan: A Tribute (2005); by Bryan Ferry on Dylanesque (2007); by Jeff Tweedy (with altered lyrics taken from a live Dylan performance) on the soundtrack for the film I'm Not There (2007); by Stephen Fretwell on Man On the Roof (2007) as a bonus track; by Sarah Jarosz on Build Me Up From Bones (2013); by Diana Krall on the 2012 charity tribute to Dylan Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International; and by Emma Swift on her 2020 album Blonde on the Tracks.
- Heylin, Clinton, Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, 1960-1994, Macmillan, 1997. Cf. p.xiv and various.
- "More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 to Be Released on November 2 | The Official Bob Dylan Site". www.bobdylan.com. Retrieved 2018-10-21.