Blonde On Blonde was the second Dylan album I bought. (The first one was John Wesley Harding, still -also- one of my favourite Dylan albums, but in hindsight maybe not exactly the right place to start; but that is maybe another story).
Excited and fully aware of the albums reputation I went home. And then...
...they had made a mistake at the record store and only the second album, Side 3 and 4, was in the double vinyl set! (this is a really true story!).
I got back to the record store the next day, where they had discovered the mistake and Side 1 and Side 2 were waiting for me.
And the album did-of course-not disappoint.
This all said, Blood On The Tracks is my favourite Dylan album. Blonde On Blonde has a few good, but not great songs-especially on Side 3; but like other classic double vinyl albums, a single album with only the best songs-mainly Side 1 and Side 2-would maybe not have the same impact; the not-very-great (not bad) songs make it more than the sum of its parts, all part of the thin, wild, mercurial sound.