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

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The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) is a compilation album by American singer / songwriter Bob Dylan, released in August 2013 by Columbia Records.

Another Self Portrait is an album of unreleased recordings, demos and, alternative takes mostly from Dylan’s 1970 albums Self Portrait (SP) and New Morning (NM), which were recrded simultaneously and released within months of one another, plus live tracks from the August 1969 Isle Of Wight Festival. 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?”

During 1970 Dylan restlessly dug into the folk, blues, and country tunes that nourished him from the beginning with twenty-six of these thirty five selections recorded between March and June. Dylan is in fine voice and he tries on many: some raspy, others crystal clear, all of them bold.

The interconnected nature of SP and NM is revealed with the opening demo for Went To See The Gypsy (used on NM). It's just Dylan and guitarist David Bromberg. (Another take recorded three months later features just Dylan on electric piano.) There are two undubbed takes of Little Sadie at different tempos; two of Time Passes Slowly, the first a basic folk-rock read, the latter an aggressive one with Al Kooper's B-3 swelling to a crescendo from the jump.

Dylan and Bromberg, with Kooper on piano, deliver a haunted, undubbed Days Of 49. Many of the unreleased tunes are gems. Pretty Saro, with Dylan in his cleanest Nashville Skyline croon displaying a real range, and the vocal and piano read of Spanish Is The Loving Tongue are deeply moving love songs.

House Carpenter is a high lonesome blues. The skeletal Alberta #3 puts the versions from SP to shame. Eric Andersen's Thirsty Boots has Bromberg's spidery guitar weaving a separate lyric through Dylan's vocal. A demo of When I Paint My Masterpiece from 1971, contains slightly different (better?) lyrics. The stripped-down Copper Kettle stands out when contrasted with its released version.

Dylan was impatiently experimenting with arrangements on both records, particularly NM, and some don't work. If Not For You features a violin instead of George Harrison's guitar. The unreleased Working On A Guru is almost a throwaway, but Harrison's blues-rock guitar playing smokes and  the alternate New Morning, with a brassy, Stax-style horn arrangement, is great.

Arguably, of the NM material, Dylan made the right choices for the finished album, which doesn't make what's here less interesting.

The remainder of these tracks includes Minstrel Boy, an unreleased Basement Tapes number, and two tunes from the Isle of Wight with The Band, some alternates of Nashville Skyline, and others from 1971.

Another Self Portrait asks many questions, but there is one that hounds because it's unanswerable, especially in regard to its namesake: why did Dylan record all this material, in this way, and then release something entirely different? It doesn't matter. For fans, this is more than a curiosity, it's an indispensable addition to the catalog.

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This limited edition triple LP box set on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl with a 56 page booklet is pressed in the USA.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Went To See The Gypsy (Demo)

3:01

A2

Little Sadie (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)

2:02

A3

Pretty Saro (Unreleased, Self Portrait)

2:16

A4

Alberta #3 (Alternate Version, Self Portrait)

2:13

A5

Spanish Is the Loving Tongue (Unreleased, New Morning)

3:51

A6

Annie’s Going To Sing Her Song (Unreleased, Self Portrait)

2:22

A7

Time Passes Slowley #1 (Alternate Version, New Morning)

2:18

B1

Only A Hobo (Unreleased, Greatest Hits II)

3:25

B2

Minstrel Boy (Unreleased, The Basement Tapes)

1:39

B3

I Threw It All Away (Alternate Version, Nashville Skyline)

2:25

B4

Railroad Bill (Unreleased, Self Portrait)

2:44

B5

Thirsty Boots (Unreleased, Self Portrait)

4:06

B6

This Evening So Soon (Unreleased, Self Portrait)

4:49

C1

These Hands (Unreleased, Self Portrait)

3:43

C2

In Search Of Little Sadie (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)

2:26

C3

House Carpenter (Unreleased, Self Portrait)

5:59

C4

All The Tired Horses (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)

1:15

C5

If Not For You (Alternate Version, New Morning)

2:29

C6

Wallflower (Alternate Version, 1971)

2:18

D1

Wigwam (Original Version Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)

3:10

D2

Days Of ’49 (Original Version Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)

5:13

D3

Working On A Guru (Unreleased, New Morning)

3:43

D4

Country Pie (Alternate Version, Nashville Skyline)

1:27

D5

I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Live With The Band, Isle Of Wight 1969)

3:31

D6

Highway 61 Revisited (Live With The Band, Isle Of Wight 1969)

3:39

E1

Copper Kettle (Without Overdubs, Self portrait)

3:35

E2

Bring me A Little Water (Unreleased, New Morning)

3:58

E3

Sign On The Window (With Orchestral Overdubs, New Morning)

3:51

E4

Tattle O’Day (Unreleased, Self Portrait)

3:49

E5

If Dogs Run Free (Alternate Version, New Morning)

4:10

F1

New Morning (With Horn Section Overdubs, New Morning)

4:04

F2

Went To See The Gypsy (Alternate Version, New Morning)

3:33

F3

Belle Isle (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait)

2:35

F4

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

3:02

F5

When I Paint My Masterpiece (Demo)

3:52

SKU 888837348911
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88883734891
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 27 August 2013
Original Release Date (Year) 27 August 2013
Barcode # 888837348911
Shipping Weight 1.8900kg
Shipping Width 0.026m
Shipping Height 0.325m
Shipping Length 0.322m
Shipping Cubic 0.002721m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Box Set with 3 180 Gram Vinyl LP Records and 12" x 12" 56 Page Booklet
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Rock
Format VINYL LP

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