Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)

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Posted on Sat, 10/04/2014 - 1:16pm
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Release Type

Compilation

Release Year

2013

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Label

Columbia/Legacy

 

Album Overview

The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969–1971) is an album of unreleased recordings, demo recordings, alternative takes mostly from Bob Dylan's 1970 albums Self Portrait and New Morning, and a couple of live tracks from the Isle of Wight Festival (31 August 1969), released on August 27, 2013. It is part of the series of official "bootleg" recordings issued by Columbia Records.

The cover is new artwork by Bob Dylan. The liner notes have been written by Greil Marcus, who wrote the original Self Portrait review for Rolling Stone that infamously asked, "What is this shit?". Also included is an extensive essay from journalist Michael Simmons. The set also contains rare photographs of that era from John Cohen and Al Clayton.

Tracks

TrackTitleDuration
1-1Went To See The Gypsy (Demo)
Notes

Guitar: David Bromberg
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Bob Dylan

1-2Little Sadie (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Guitar: David Bromberg
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

1-3Pretty Saro (Unreleased, Self Portrait)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Guitar: David Bromberg
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

1-4Alberta #3 (Alternate Version, Self Portrait)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Backing Vocals: Albertine Robinson
Backing Vocals: Hilda Harris
Backing Vocals: Maeretha Stewart
Bass: Stu Woods
Drums: Al Rogers
Piano: Al Kooper
Resonator Guitar [Dobro]: David Bromberg
Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

1-5Spanish Is The Loving Tongue (Unreleased, New Morning)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Vocals, Piano: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

1-6Annie's Going To Sing Her Song (Unreleased, Self Portrait)
Notes

Guitar: David Bromberg
Piano: Al Kooper
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Tom Paxton

1-7Time Passes Slowly #1 (Alternate Version, New Morning)
Notes

Bass: Charlie Daniels
Drums: Russ Kunkel
Guitar, Vocals: George Harrison
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Bob Dylan

1-8Only A Hobo (Unreleased, Greatest Hits II)
Notes

Backing Vocals, Banjo: Happy Traum
Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Bob Dylan

1-9Minstrel Boy (Unreleased, The Basement Tapes)
Notes

Bass, Vocals: Rick Danko
Drums, Vocals: Levon Helm
Guitar: Robbie Robertson
Keyboards: Garth Hudson
Piano, Vocals: Richard Manuel
Written-By: Bob Dylan

1-10I Threw It All Away (Alternate Version, Nashville Skyline)
Notes

Bass: Charlie McCoy
Drums: Kenny Buttrey
Guitar: Charlie Daniels
Guitar: Kelso Herston
Guitar: Norman Blake
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Bob Dylan

1-11Railroad Bill (Unreleased, Self Portrait)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Guitar: David Bromberg
Piano: Al Kooper
Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

1-12Thirsty Boots (Unreleased, Self Portrait)
Notes

Written-By: Eric Andersen

1-13This Evening So Soon (Unreleased, Self Portrait)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

1-14These Hands (Unreleased, Self Portrait)
Notes

Guitar: David Bromberg
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Eddie Noack

1-15In Search Of Little Sadie (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

1-16House Carpenter (Unreleased, Self Portrait)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

1-17All The Tired Horses (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)
Notes

Backing Vocals: Albertine Robinson
Backing Vocals: Hilda Harris
Backing Vocals: Maeretha Stewart
Guitar: Bob Dylan
Guitar: David Bromberg
Piano: Al Kooper
Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-1If Not For You (Alternate Version, New Morning)
Notes

Violin: Unknown Artist
Vocals, Piano: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-2Wallflower (Alternate Version, 1971)
Notes

Steel Guitar: Ben Keith
Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-3Wigwam (Original Version Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)
Notes

Guitar: David Bromberg
Piano: Al Kooper
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-4Days Of '49 (Original Version Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

2-5Working On A Guru (Unreleased, New Morning)
Notes

Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-6Country Pie (Alternate Version, Nashville Skyline)
Notes

Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-7I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Live With The Band, Isle Of Wight 1969)
Notes

Guitar: Robbie Robertson
Keyboards: Garth Hudson
Performer: The Band
Vocals, Bass: Rick Danko
Vocals, Drums: Levon Helm
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Vocals, Piano: Richard Manuel
Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-8Highway 61 Revisited (Live With The Band, Isle Of Wight 1969)
Notes

Guitar: Robbie Robertson
Keyboards: Garth Hudson
Performer: The Band
Vocals, Bass: Rick Danko
Vocals, Drums: Levon Helm
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Vocals, Piano: Richard Manuel
Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-9Copper Kettle (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)
Notes

Guitar: David Bromberg
Piano: Al Kooper
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Albert Frank Beddoe

2-10Bring Me A Little Water (Unreleased, New Morning)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

2-11Sign On The Window (With Orchestral Overdubs, New Morning)
Notes

Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-12Tattle O'Day (Unreleased, Self Portrait)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Guitar: David Bromberg
Piano: Al Kooper
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

2-13If Dogs Run Free (Alternate Version, New Morning)
Notes

Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-14New Morning (With Horn Section Overdubs, New Morning)
Notes

Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-15Went To See The Gypsy (Alternate Version, New Morning)
Notes

Vocals, Electric Piano: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-16Belle Isle (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)
Notes

Arranged By: Bob Dylan
Guitar: David Bromberg
Vocals, Guitar: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Traditional

2-17Time Passes Slowly #2 (Alternate Version, New Morning)
Notes

Written-By: Bob Dylan

2-18When I Paint My Masterpiece (Demo)
Notes

Vocals, Piano: Bob Dylan
Written-By: Bob Dylan

Background

The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 – Another Self Portrait (1969–1971) "reveals fresh aspects of Dylan's vocal genius as he reimagines traditional and contemporary folk music as well as songs of his own. Across these unvarnished performances, Dylan is the country singer from Nashville Skyline ("Country Pie" and "I Threw It All Away"), an interpreter of traditional folk ("Little Sadie," "Pretty Saro") who's right at home singing the songs of his contemporaries (Tom Paxton's "Annie's Gonna Sing Her Song" and Eric Andersen's "Thirsty Boots") before returning to writing and singing his own new music ("Went to See the Gypsy," "Sign on the Window")".

Promotion

The first songs released from The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 – Another Self Portrait (1969–1971) were an unreleased demo of "Wigwam" backed with a previously unreleased recording of "Thirsty Boots" on 7" vinyl for Record Store Day 2013. On August 8, 2013, a video for the song "Pretty Saro," a traditional English ballad, was released. The video featured photos taken from the Farm Security Administration archive at the Library of Congress. A week later, the song was released as a download single.

Editions

The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969–1971) is available in a standard two-disc configuration as well as in a four-disc deluxe boxed set which includes, for the first time, the complete historic performance by Bob Dylan and the Band from the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday, August 31, 1969 (though incorrectly dated August 30, 1969 in the album notes accompanying the set). Housed in a slipcase, the deluxe edition includes a newly remastered version of the 1970 Self Portrait album, in its entirety with original sequencing, in addition to two hardcover books featuring revisionist liner notes penned by Greil Marcus (author of the notorious "What is this shit?" 1970 Self Portrait review in Rolling Stone). A vinyl version of The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969–1971) includes the album's 35 tracks on three LPs plus a 12" × 12" booklet.

Critical reception

In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek gave the album four out of five stars, calling it "an indispensable addition to the catalog". While he believes that Dylan made the right choices on the original New Morning album, these outtakes and alternate takes are still interesting.

In his review for American Songwriter, Jim Beviglia gave the album four out of five stars. Beviglia wrote:

What this collection attempts to do is rectify the errors, in production and song selection, made when the albums were first released. In the case of Self Portrait, overdubs added after the fact in '70 have been eliminated, removing the filter between the listener and Dylan's raw, affecting performances of "Copper Kettle" and "Days Of '49."

In his review on the Consequence of Sound website, Mike Madden gave the album three and a half out of five stars, writing that Another Self Portrait is "highlighted by songs we've heard before but presented here in different versions, such as the cozy lament 'I Threw It All Away'". Despite some "bottom-of-the-barrel" material, Madden noted the "pleasing discoveries" presented on the album:

'I contemplated every move, or at least I tried,' Dylan sings on 'Went to See the Gypsy'. Elsewhere, Another Self Portrait indicates that while he had trouble with his writing mechanics around this time, it wasn't for lack of trying. 'Sign on the Window' is home to orchestral arrangements that could have been on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, while Abbey Road dynamics power the second alternate version of 'Time Passes Slowly'. These, as well as the rockabilly of 'Working on a Guru' and the Nashville classicism of 'Tattle O'Day', are moderate successes, but they reveal that Dylan did in fact have the motivation to flesh out new directions for himself during these years. Let's be grateful that this set exists, if only because it begins to clears up a mythical period of the now 72-year-old Dylan’s frequently inscrutable oeuvre.

In his review in Guitar World, Jeff Slate wrote that the "thing about being a fan of Bob Dylan is that the discovery of his greatness is never-ending". The reviewer for Slate observed, "Dylan sounds great, the songs and performances are peerless, and though stylistically Another Self Portrait is a bit all over the place (owing mostly to the fact that the sessions the material is culled from spans three years) it also is remarkably coherent." The Slate reviewer concluded that "the thing that struck me in reflecting on this entry in the series and the nine volumes that came before it—not to mention Dylan's official studio output—was the consistency of Dylan's output. It's all great. Seriously."

In his review for Rolling Stone magazine, David Fricke gave the album four and a half out of five stars, calling it "one of the most important, coherent and fulfilling Bob Dylan albums ever released". Fricke found the performances to be "immediate and invigorating", with Dylan delivering "virile singing". Fricke continued:

Despite the vintage, or maybe because it's all been hidden for so long, everything here feels like new music, busy being born and put to tape with crisp impatience. 'Let's just take this one,' Dylan says before a take of the traditional ballad "Little Sadie," one of 17 raw, magnetic tracks from a single three-day sprint with guitarist David Bromberg and pianist Al Kooper in March 1970. Dylan was, in fact, on the verge of a crossroads: the widely scorned double LP Self Portrait, issued three months later. He sounds eager to get there. That album is still tough going: a frank, confrontational likeness of the artist at 29 and loose ends, crooning folk tunes, pure corn and odd, plaintive originals, mostly through thick Nashville syrup. There may be no better description of Dylan at the close of his first, whirlwind decade, exhausted and uncertain of his way into the next, than Self Portrait's opening mantra, sung in his place by a group of country-gospel angels: "All the tired horses in the sun/How'm I supposed to get any ridin' done?"

Fricke believed that Self Portrait and New Morning were part of a "long, connected act of self-examination and re-ignition". This latest addition to the Bootleg series highlights "Dylan's breadth of drive at a time when many thought he had no direction forward".

Personnel

Bob Dylan – guitar, harmonica, piano, electric piano, vocals Norman Blake – guitar David Bromberg – dobro, guitar Kenny Buttrey – drums Ron Cornelius – guitar Charlie Daniels – bass, guitar Rick Danko – bass, vocals Peter Drake – steel guitar Hilda Harris – background vocals George Harrison – guitar, vocals Levon Helm – drums, vocals Kelton Herston – guitar Garth Hudson – keyboards Ben Keith – steel guitar Al Kooper – organ, piano Russ Kunkel – drums Richard Manuel – piano, vocals Charlie McCoy – bass Robbie Robertson – guitar Albertine Robinson – background vocals Alvin Rogers – drums Maeretha Stewart – background vocals Happy Traum – banjo, background vocals Bob Wilson – piano Stu Woods – bass

Credits

Art Direction, Design: Geoff Gans
Artwork [Cover Art]: Bob Dylan
Design: Bryan Lasley
Liner Notes: Greil Marcus
Liner Notes [Additional]: Michael Simmons
Mastered By: Greg Calbi
Mixed By: Ed Hudson
Mixed By: Neil Wilburn
Photography By [Pages 14, 17]: Elliott Landy
Photography By [Pages 2, 7, 12-13, 18-19, 21, 36, 39, 42-43, 48-50, 54-55]: John Cohen
Photography By [Tape Box Photos]: Josh Cheuse
Producer: Steve Berkowitz
Producer, Compiled By: Jeff Rosen
Product Manager: Greg Linn
Research: Glenn Korman
Research [Additional]: Arie de Reus
Research [Additional]: Magne Karlstad
Research [Additional]: Oddbjørn Saltnes
 

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