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5.0 out of 5 stars May be my favourite Dylan album of all time, 26 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 (Audio CD)
I was really blown away by this album, and I wish there was more Dylan music in this style.
OK well I admit I'm not a hardcore Dylan fan but I do have his "major" albums and I respect him as an artist and musician. The problem for me has always been that I could never really get into his "sound", tho the songs are obviously great beyond question. Even his most dedicated devotees admit that his studio albums can be, well, hit and miss, and often don't contain the best versions of his songs. His early folky stuff I find a bit too aggressive and confrontational and his later work with the band can get a bit MOR country soft-rock for me... But this album strikes a really interesting middle ground. Often acoustic and intimate, soft and emotional... Even his voice is different on these songs. Gone is the whiney hectoring in favour of a much softer and really well rounded singing voice - not the characteristic vocal sound people associate with him at all, and all the better for it, IMHO.
As I said before, I was really blown away by this album, and I wish there was more Dylan music in this style.
But at least, now, there is this. Strange to think that these songs came from the sessions for what became known as the worst Dylan album, and having heard it, I can understand why. But these versions, stripped down and raw, are a world away. Why these versions were dumped in favour of the released mixes, who knows?
This may not have any of his 'big' songs or major lyrical works, but it has a great understated vibe and there's something really magical about it.
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