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Editors’ Notes

It took until the 40th Anniversary of Dylan for it to see the CD/digital format. Released in 1973 by Columbia Records after Bob Dylan signed with David Geffen’s Asylum Records for two albums (Planet Waves, Before The Flood), Dylan consists solely of covers, outtakes from his critically-dismissed 1970 double album Self Portrait and the much better received follow-up New Morning. The album was met with confused and negative reviews upon its release. However, in retrospect, it’s an interesting album with a fair share of worthy curiosities. The cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” may be a touch too surreal for some ears. But Dylan’s take on Peter LaFarge’s classic “The Ballad of Ira Hayes” is touching, his version of the traditional “Lily of the West” is only arguably marred by its back-up singers and his love for Elvis Presley can be heard on “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “A Fool Such as I” (though Dylan likely knew the Hank Snow version first), which have that casual sound that Dylan uses for all his endeavors. 

Customer Reviews

Dylan

I know, I know. EVERYONE hates this album. I did also. In the wake of "Another Self-Portrait", I pulled out my old lp and gave it a spin expecting to listen to the first few seconds of each song with a big smirk on my face. I was pleasantly surprised. It is at least as good as the other Self-Portrait, New Morning era performances. Yes it has a spaced out version of Big Yellow Taxi. But I think it is tame compared to "Blue Moon". His singing is great once he wakes up and the Dylanettes in the background can be a little over bearing at times, but I have always liked his female backup singers. Yes, some of the performances seem like run throughs and maybe another take would have nailed it, but you won't be grinding your teeth either. The remastering sounds very good also. It will never rival "Tempest", "Blood on the Tracks" or Blonde on Blonde", but if you like Self-Portrait, give this another listen and be prepared to be surprised.

Dylan

There's not a thing wrong with this album, and I'm very happy to see that Dylan's complete catalogue is finally on iTunes.

This is far from one of Bob's best - it's an album without much of a theme or common sound, pieced together. But the performances are, for the most part, solidly done, even if they are of less than profound cover songs. Lilly of the West, Ira Hayes and Big Yellow Taxi (which actually tops the original, in my opinion,) are all standouts.

If you're a serious fan, you need to have this. Certainly not an introduction or something for the casual listener, though.

"Dylan"

I just happened to find a vinyl copy of this album and I have read reviews of it before. Granted, I am a Dylan fan and have been one for over 30 years. This album is actually very underrated in my opinion. I like it a lot a better than some of his newer albums. Would I put it in his top ten albums ? No. Top 15? Yes. I have heard a lot of other 60's artists cover various tunes and I realize that this album was put together as a complitation, but I do think it is definitely worth owning. Its better than many of the albums Dylan released in the 80's or 90's. Infidels and Oh Mercy! were my favorite albums from that part of his career. The background singers and song selections do not ruin it for me. A lot better than Self-Portrait IMO

Biography

Born: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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 perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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