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Way better than I ever expected. Standard 2cd version.,
This review is from: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 (Audio CD)
Over a period of about 45 years I have bought every album Dylan has released. I still play them all, some on a regular basis, others less frequently and some hardly ever. Self Portrait falls into the latter category. Each time I do put it into the CD player I usually play the same dozen or so tracks, always careful to omit 'all the tired horses', which I find excruciating.
Given the above I wasn't expecting too much from another 2 CD's worth of material from the same sessions. How wrong could I have been, this is a terrific album, up there with the best of the ongoing 'bootleg series' of which it constitutes vol 10.
The stripping away of the overdubs which marred much of the original album has greatly improved them on this one. Many of the tracks appearing here for the first time are revelations. 'Spanish is the loving tongue' and 'Annie's going to sing her song' are terrific. The obvious question is why were they left off the original album?, the same question however, as the bootleg series has so clearly shown can be asked of virtually every other Dylan release. Some great and very different alternate versions of familiar songs such as 'time passes slowly' and 'if dogs run free. Also surprising, to me at least is how good some of the 'live at the Isle of Wight' tracks are, given that the ones included on the original album weren't that great. Track 17 on disc one is a version of 'all the tired horses' minus overdubs, it's still crap but at least its very short. All in all a great addition to the bootleg series and to my ever expanding Dylan collection. Even the packaging is excellent, a sturdy slipcase and extensive booklet with interesting pictures and liner notes. I expect I shall be playing this one a lot more than the original Self Portrait album.
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Initial post: 9 Feb 2015 13:17:08 GMT
Stanley Crowe says:
Nice to see we agree on this one too! I reviewed it on 3 September 2013, and, in light of my comment about "performance" in my "Shadows in the Night" review, I think that applies here too. Who wouldn't want to sit in! Cheers, SC
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