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Another Self Portrait, the tenth volume in Bob Dylan's official bootleg series, assembles a slew of unreleased tracks, un-and over-dubbed alternate takes, and demos, mostly from 1970's Self Portrait and New Morning sessions -- they were recorded simultaneously and released within months of one another -- and other material. Dylan restlessly dug into the fakebook of folk, blues, and country tunes that nourished him from the beginning. The few original songs are minor ones. Twenty-six of these 35 selections were 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 these albums 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 the latter, 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. The alternate "New Morning," with a brassy, Stax-style horn arrangement, is great, but the full orchestral overdub on "Sign on a Window" -- complete with harp -- fails, as does the spoken word with female gospel backing chorus on "If Dogs Run Free." 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. ~ Thom Jurek

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DISC 1

1
Went to See the Gypsy (Demo) 00:03:00

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - David Bromberg, Guitar - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Little Sadie (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait) 00:02:02

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Pretty Saro (Unreleased, Self Portrait) 00:02:16

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Alberta #3 (Alternate Version, Self Portrait) 00:02:37

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Harmonica - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Dobro - Al Kooper, Piano - Stu Woods, Bass - Alvin Rogers, Drums - Hilda Harris, Background Vocal - Albertine Robinson, Background Vocal - Maeretha Stewart, Background Vocal - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Spanish Is the Loving Tongue (Unreleased, Self Portrait) 00:03:51

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Piano - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Annie's Going to Sing Her Song (Unreleased, Self Portrait) 00:02:22

Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Tom Paxton, Composer - Tom Paxton, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Al Kooper, Piano - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Neil Wilburn, Mixing Engineer - Ed Hudson, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Time Passes Slowly #1 (Alternate Version, New Morning) 00:02:18

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - George Harrison, Guitar - George Harrison, Vocal - Charlie Daniels, Bass - Russ Kunkel, Drums - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Only a Hobo (Unreleased, Greatest Hits II) 00:03:25

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Harmonica - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Happy Traum, Background Vocal - Happy Traum, Banjo - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Minstrel Boy (Unreleased, The Basement Tapes) 00:01:39

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Robbie Robertson, Guitar - Rick Danko, Bass - Rick Danko, Vocal - Garth Hudson, Keyboards - Richard Manuel, Piano - Richard Manuel, Vocal - Levon Helm, Drums - Levon Helm, Vocal - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
I Threw It All Away (Alternate Version, Nashville Skyline) 00:02:25

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Bob Wilson, Piano - Charlie Daniels, Guitar - Charlie McCoy, Bass - Norman Blake, Guitar - Kelton D. Herston, Guitar - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Railroad Bill (Unreleased, Self Portrait) 00:02:44

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Harmonica - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Al Kooper, Piano - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Thirsty Boots (Unreleased, Self Portrait) 00:04:06

Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Harmonica - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Eric Anderson, Composer - Eric Anderson, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Al Kooper, Piano - Bob Johnston, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
This Evening So Soon (Unreleased, Self Portrait) 00:04:49

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Harmonica - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Al Kooper, Piano - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
These Hands (Unreleased, Self Portrait) 00:03:43

Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Eddie Noack, Composer - Eddie Noack, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
In Search of Little Sadie (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait) 00:02:26

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
House Carpenter (Unreleased, Self Portrait) 00:05:59

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Harmonica - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Al Kooper, Piano - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
All the Tired Horses (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait) 00:01:15

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - David Bromberg, Guitar - Al Kooper, Piano - Hilda Harris, Background Vocal - Albertine Robinson, Background Vocal - Maeretha Stewart, Background Vocal - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

DISC 2

1
If Not For You (Alternate Version, New Morning) 00:02:29

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Piano - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Unknown, Violin - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Wallflower (Alternate Version, 1971) 00:02:18

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Harmonica - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Ben Keith, Steel Guitar - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Wigwam (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait) 00:03:10

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - David Bromberg, Guitar - Al Kooper, Piano - Bob Johnston, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Ryan Smith, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Days of '49 (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait) 00:05:13

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Al Kooper, Piano - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Working On a Guru (Unreleased, New Morning) 00:03:43

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - George Harrison, Guitar - Charlie Daniels, Bass - Russ Kunkel, Drums - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Country Pie (Alternate Version, Nashville Skyline) 00:01:27

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Bob Wilson, Piano - Charlie Daniels, Guitar - Charlie McCoy, Bass - Norman Blake, Guitar - Kelton D. Herston, Guitar - Peter Drake, Steel Guitar - Kenneth Buttrey, Drums - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Live with The Band, Isle Of Wight, 1969) 00:03:31

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Robbie Robertson, Guitar - Rick Danko, Bass - Rick Danko, Vocal - Garth Hudson, Keyboards - Richard Manuel, Piano - Richard Manuel, Vocal - Levon Helm, Drums - Levon Helm, Vocal - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Highway 61 Revisited (Live with The Band, Isle Of Wight, 1969) 00:03:39

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Robbie Robertson, Guitar - Rick Danko, Bass - Rick Danko, Vocal - Garth Hudson, Keyboards - Richard Manuel, Piano - Richard Manuel, Vocal - Levon Helm, Drums - Levon Helm, Vocal - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Copper Kettle (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait) 00:03:35

Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Albert Beddo, Composer - Albert Beddo, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Al Kooper, Piano - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Bring Me a Little Water (Unreleased, New Morning) 00:03:58

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Piano - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - Charlie E. Daniels, Bass - David Bromberg, Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Guitar - Russ Kunkel, Drums - Hilda Harris, Background Vocal - Albertine Robinson, Background Vocal - Maeretha Stewart, Background Vocal - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Sign On the Window (With Orchestral Overdubs, New Morning) 00:03:51

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Piano - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Charlie E. Daniels, Bass - David Bromberg, Dobro - David Bromberg, Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Guitar - Al Kooper, Mixing Engineer - Al Kooper, Organ - Al Kooper, Producer - Al Kooper, Strings - Russ Kunkel, Drums - Charles Calello, Strings - Bob Johnston, Producer - Dave Roberts, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Tattle O'Day (Unreleased, Self Portrait) 00:03:49

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Al Kooper, Piano - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
If Dogs Run Free (Alternate Version, New Morning) 00:04:10

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Charlie E. Daniels, Bass - David Bromberg, Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Guitar - Russ Kunkel, Drums - Hilda Harris, Background Vocal - Albertine Robinson, Background Vocal - Maeretha Stewart, Background Vocal - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
New Morning (With Horn Section Overdubs, New Morning) 00:04:04

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Charlie E. Daniels, Bass - David Bromberg, Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Guitar - Al Kooper, Horn - Al Kooper, Mixing Engineer - Al Kooper, Organ - Al Kooper, Producer - Russ Kunkel, Drums - Charles Calello, Horn - Bob Johnston, Producer - Dave Roberts, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Went to See the Gypsy (Alternate Version, New Morning) 00:03:33

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Organ - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
Belle Isle (Without Overdubs, Self Portrait) 00:02:35

Bob Dylan, Arranger - Bob Dylan, Guitar - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Traditional, Composer - Traditional, Lyricist - David Bromberg, Guitar - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
Time Passes Slowly #2 (Alternate Version, New Morning) 00:03:02

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Piano - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Charlie E. Daniels, Bass - David Bromberg, Guitar - Ron Cornelius, Guitar - Al Kooper, Organ - Russ Kunkel, Drums - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
When I Paint My Masterpiece (Demo) 00:03:53

Bob Dylan, Composer - Bob Dylan, Lyricist - Bob Dylan, Performer - Bob Dylan, Piano - Bob Dylan, Vocal - Jeff Rosen, Producer - Steve Berkowitz, Mixing Engineer - Steve Berkowitz, Producer - Steve Addabbo, Mixing Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Bob Johnston, Producer

(P) 2013 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Another Self Portrait, the tenth volume in Bob Dylan's official bootleg series, assembles a slew of unreleased tracks, un-and over-dubbed alternate takes, and demos, mostly from 1970's Self Portrait and New Morning sessions -- they were recorded simultaneously and released within months of one another -- and other material. Dylan restlessly dug into the fakebook of folk, blues, and country tunes that nourished him from the beginning. The few original songs are minor ones. Twenty-six of these 35 selections were 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 these albums 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 the latter, 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. The alternate "New Morning," with a brassy, Stax-style horn arrangement, is great, but the full orchestral overdub on "Sign on a Window" -- complete with harp -- fails, as does the spoken word with female gospel backing chorus on "If Dogs Run Free." 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. ~ Thom Jurek

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