53 Songs, 2 Hours 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

You could feel the collective head-scratching when word got out that the 10th volume of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series was focusing on the years surrounding Nashville Skyline, Self-Portrait, and New Morning. While Skyline and Morning have their fans, Self-Portrait remains the most divisive double album in rock history (Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music excepted). Hadn't Dylan himself dismissed Self-Portrait? Yet one listen to the gorgeous "Pretty Saro" (where Dylan stretches his voice beyond its usual range) or the earthy "Railroad Bill," and it's obvious that once again the most fascinating musical artist of the 20th century proved that many of his best moments were left on cutting-room floors. Alternate takes of "I Threw It All Away" and "Country Pie," along with demos and overdub-free takes of Self-Portrait tracks, demand that listeners revisit those albums to hear what they misconstrued. The deluxe version includes Dylan and The Band's 1970 set at the Isle of Wight, while the standard issue features only a few peeks. The biggest tease, though? The Basement Tapes outtake of "Minstrel Boy"—is that Vol. 11 calling?

EDITORS’ NOTES

You could feel the collective head-scratching when word got out that the 10th volume of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series was focusing on the years surrounding Nashville Skyline, Self-Portrait, and New Morning. While Skyline and Morning have their fans, Self-Portrait remains the most divisive double album in rock history (Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music excepted). Hadn't Dylan himself dismissed Self-Portrait? Yet one listen to the gorgeous "Pretty Saro" (where Dylan stretches his voice beyond its usual range) or the earthy "Railroad Bill," and it's obvious that once again the most fascinating musical artist of the 20th century proved that many of his best moments were left on cutting-room floors. Alternate takes of "I Threw It All Away" and "Country Pie," along with demos and overdub-free takes of Self-Portrait tracks, demand that listeners revisit those albums to hear what they misconstrued. The deluxe version includes Dylan and The Band's 1970 set at the Isle of Wight, while the standard issue features only a few peeks. The biggest tease, though? The Basement Tapes outtake of "Minstrel Boy"—is that Vol. 11 calling?

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
130 Ratings
130 Ratings
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Why does Dylan think he looks like Ryan Gosling?

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Where Are The Liner Notes-Digi-Booklet

Was prepared to purchase but to my dismay there are no notes included with regard to each individual cut! Sorry, needing to know the facts, therefore NO SALE iTunes!

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Mr. dylan try's to share

Most fans were waiting for new material from their prophet/poet back in 1970. They were taken by surprise, the album did not get favorable reviews, some said it was his worst album to date at that time. I think they all misunderstood Mr. Dylan's intensions completely. Instead he just wanted to get back into the grove of making music again by sharing with us the music he loved past and present, by him and covering others that he admired and loved. This is a very intimate album, listen to it like you've been invited into the artist's living room to hear his favorite records and see him perhaps have a try at really entertaining you, just for fun. Go into it with that frame of mind and I think you'll enjoy and better understand your hero. I love it and will always, it gets played as often as any Dylan album in my collection.

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