A track off the 1973 album Dylan, “Sarah Jane” is a terribly produced song — it sounds as if Bob Dylan’s singing into a microphone that is sitting all the way on the other side of the studio. But there’s a chance that the song sounds bad on purpose. When the singer jumped shipped from Columbia Records, the label pasted together subpar outtakes from two other records (mostly covers of tunes like “Big Yellow Taxi” and “Mr. Bojangles”) and released them on a record presumptuously titled Dylan. Whether or not it was payback for Dylan’s abandonment, we cannot say. And though “Sarah Jane” is the only noncover song on the album, we bet the songwriter wishes he could pass it off as someone else’s composition.
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