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Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 (Deluxe Version) [Box set]

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Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to ... Read more in Amazon's Bob Dylan Store

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  • Audio CD (August 27, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00DY951RQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,019 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Volume 10 comes from the 1969 1971 recording sessions that ultimately produced the Self Portrait and New Morning albums. All 35 tracks are previously unreleased, alternate takes, demos or live versions of that material. The versions of the songs on this package are radically different from the officially released versions. 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 sh**?." Also included is an extensive essay from well known journalist, Michael Simmons. The set also has extensive photographs of that era from John Cohen and Al Clayton many of them rare and unseen - as well as pictures of the original tape boxes and cue sheets.

The Standard Version contains 35 tracks on 2 CD's, and soft cover perfect bound booklet
The Deluxe Version contains 4 CD's and two hardcover books housed in a hardcover slip case
Book # 1 contains 4 CD's and liner notes
Book # 2 contains the photos from John Cohen and Al Clayton.
The 2 bonus CD's will contain the newly remastered version of Self Portrait and the complete 17 song recording of Dylan & The Band performing live at the Isle Of Wight in 1969
The vinyl version contains 35 tracks on 3 LPs (and 2 CDs) plus a 12" x 12" booklet that includes the liner notes written by Greil Marcus, the essay from Michael Simmons, and the photographs from John Cohen and Al Clayton, and pictures of the original tape boxes and cue sheets.

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144 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Listenable Bootleg Series Album August 27, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I have been a hard core Bob Dylan fan ever since I belatedly discovered his music during the television broadcast of the concert film "Hard Rain," when I was a freshman at Oberlin in the fall of 1976. (At Oberlin, at that time, Dylan was one of the two most-requested artists on the campus radio station; Joan Baez was the other.) As a serious fan, I have owned multiple copies of every Dylan album on various formats over the intervening decades, and have seen the man himself in concert many times, so Dylan's music has been a large part of the fabric of my life. I hailed the appearance of first volumes of the "Bootleg Series" in 1997 as a chance to finally own "legitimate" versions, with improved sound quality, of songs I first heard on vinyl bootleg albums I bought from a basement record store in Greenwich Village in the late 1970s. However welcome they were at the time of their release, though, previous volumes of the series have provided little more than fascinating glimpses into the artist's creative process, much in the manner of the "Beatles Anthology" discs, wherein we belatedly learned that even Lennon and McCartney were not infallible. I approached Dylan's "Another Self Portrait" cautiously, especially in view of the fact that I am among the legions of fans who, notwithstanding their overall admiration for Dylan, were unimpressed by the original 1970 release, which did have some good tracks, but which was, on the whole, chaotic and unfocused. Imagine my delight, then, when I discovered "Another Self Portrait," a genuine, if long-neglected, masterpiece which far surpasses the vastly inferior album released in its stead more than forty years ago. What Dylan was thinking when he passed over this consistently splendid material in compiling the original release, I can't begin to imagine. Read more ›
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85 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Isle of Wight August 27, 2013
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The 2-CD Another Self Portrait "album" is a deliberate hodge-podge like its parent from back in the day. But I don't know why the producers felt the need to include an unreleased Basement Tapes song and inferior out-takes from Nashville Skyline. Neither of these ideas fit the mold here, for opposite reasons. One is too low-fi (and old) and the others are too clean sounding (and unimportant). Detracting further value, they are placed right next to each other in the running order. I'll end up making my own playlist with the songs that would be appropriate for "Another Self Portrait". There are a lot of goodies -- maybe one CD worth, plus a few too many throwaway versions that probably should have remained in the vault.

One more complaint before I get to the good stuff. This would have been the perfect time to finally get that vinyl-only "Dylan" record on CD. It is cut from the same cloth as many of the SP recordings, and it needs to see the light of the new millennium. Dylan himself once said he didn't think it was so bad. I think it's great, and it would have made the ideal addition to this box.

I sprang for the deluxe version mainly because I wanted to hear the Isle of Wight concert in full (and re-mixed). I was not disappointed. These performances are what we have been waiting for. They fill the gap between familiar live Dylan incarnations. The Band is on fire, and the arrangements are sometimes startlingly different from any you have heard before. When I heard those couple of live songs on the original SP album, I thought they were taken from a sub-par concert. I could not have been more wrong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Someday Everything Is Going To Sound Like a Rhapsody August 27, 2013
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So sings Dylan in a beautiful solo piano version of When I Paint My Masterpiece that closes out this collection.

And so it is. The haunting, unadorned and authentic work that appears on Another Self Portrait certainly seems like a masterpiece as over and against what was actually released in 1970.

Dylan's unfortunate later penchant for not releasing some of his best work (think Blind Willie McTell and Foot of Pride from Infidels) seems to have gotten underway at this time. In this sense, Greil Marcus inadvertently had it right in asking, "What is this ____t?" in the famous 1970 Rolling Stone review of the original Self Portrait. The release at that time of the honest, unadorned traditional songs that we now hear for the first time would have been a tour de force. Better late than never...

Anyway, setting revisionism aside, let's look at this current and excellent release.

Of the 35 tracks, the majority are from the Self Portrait sessions. These include versions of songs that were released, heard here without the often ill advised overdubbing, as well as a number of other songs in a similar spare style that should have been released, but were not. Apart from the Self Portrait material, there's some great stuff from the New Morning sessions later in 1970. In addition, there are several alternate versions of Nashville Skyline content, a couple of great live recordings from the Isle of Wight, and a smattering of other work from the 1967 - 1971 period.

Here are a few of my favorite cuts:

Went to See the Gypsy - The demo version with just Dylan and David Bromberg on guitar is faraway, haunting, and wistful. It sounds true to the lyric in a way that the urgent delivery of the released version misses almost entirely.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly listenable revisionism
I always quite liked Self-Portrait - it was my first Dylan album, in fact, which came to me as a discard from a friend - so I have never bought into the popular idea that it was... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Antony D. O'dowd
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Album!
Many good songs, new versions of old, including some Self Portrait and NEW MORNING songs with instrumental backings taken out! Copper Kettle is great. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Paul W. Gerzon
5.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's Warmest Album
Imagine a night with friends in a very cold place, a log cabin if you like, a fire simmering, and then Bob Dylan sitting in the circle picks up his guitar and starts to sing... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Robert Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell Yes
I love the alternate takes of some of the tunes. There is also tons of great unreleased songs for groovin.
Published 1 month ago by Stephan
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for a half dozen songs that were new to me
and some more that were delightfully different versions of songs I knew. Everything else is gravy. Sadly, it's better than anything he's released since "Love & Theft".
Published 1 month ago by Nacreous
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to listen
Considering this is Dylan, it is really easy to listen to. I like the clear timbre of the tracks and the more mainsteam melodies, compared to some of the bootleg stuff.
Published 1 month ago by Pauline
Its a great album to relax and listen to my favorite Icon do his thing at a time in his life where family was so important.
Published 1 month ago by Fred Cordiano
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Self Portrait
This is a good supplemental collection, but adds little to Dylan's contribution to music--the sound is clear, and the choices interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Chandler
3.0 out of 5 stars I fell for the hype
I was led to believe, by the gushing, ecstatic reviews, that this was a major revelation, the Self Portrait that SHOULD have been released instead. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Best bootleg series release yet
Unbelievably my favorite Bootleg series release so far. Makes you wonder if Dylan had released the warm acoustic versions of these songs if Self Portrait wouldn't have been a big... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joel D. Ruff
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Are you kiddin' me?
When I logged in yesterday, price had dropped from 105.41 to 105.40, so calm down.
Jul 24, 2013 by Keen Observer |  See all 16 posts
How about $30 for the discs. You keep the books....
"Historic but lackluster" is a perfect decription of Isle Of Wight. I can't imagine that I would listen to this more than once.

You're right. It is all marketing. There is a certain number of completist fans who have to have everything. I don't begrudge people making money, but the... Read more
Jul 27, 2013 by Bornintime |  See all 24 posts
Isle of Wight - Separate release?
I've owned a vinyl bootleg of IOW for nearly 40 years and while I would love to own a remastered, official copy, I neither need nor want all the other b.s. that adds up to over $100 in the so-called deluxe edition. I would certainly pay a reasonable amount for the 3 CDs of "new" music,... Read more
Aug 22, 2013 by Elston "Son of a" Gunn |  See all 5 posts
One soundboard source for Isle Of Wight?
It's a complete re-mix of the soundboard tapes, yes. They felt the few songs they released on the original Self-Portrait release in 1970 were terrible mixed with Bob's voice way too high and up front, drowning out the Band's.
Aug 12, 2013 by A. Hudson |  See all 2 posts
Priced Out of My Comfort Zone
I pre-ordered here at $125, but I think I will cancel and get it from the official Bob Dylan store where it is $99.98 plus 6 bucks shipping:
Jul 16, 2013 by Richard |  See all 12 posts
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