Originally spread over 2LPs, it's taken many years before it clicked with me how wonderful this record actually is. I'm glad I ignored the negative comments about Self Portrait otherwise I would have missed out on this delightful record with it's general nostalgic, take it easy vibe.
Self Portrait is certainly different from the rest of Bob Dylan's records, and one track, a cover of B. Byrant's "Take me as I am or let me go" sums up for me the best way to approach this recording.
Leave expectations aside, take Self Portrait at face value, and enjoy the beautiful mixture of tracks that include originals songs, cover versions, live versions and the instrumentals.
This CD is one of a few early Bob Dylan's that has never been remastered, but no worries on that score as it sounds fine just the way it is.
**This review was written before news that a remastered version of Self Portrait was to be made available to those who bought the very expensive deluxe edition of Bob Dylan / Another Self Portrait 1969-1971: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 (4CD + book).