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Bob Dylan - Self Portrait RIAA Certified Gold! Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Steven Stolder

Self Portrait stands as a truly perverse collection. Released in 1970 at a time when those on the radical left were hungering for their then-unimpeachable hero to reclaim his role as the conscience of his generation, Bob Dylan instead delivered a pop-inflected collection largely made up of rather indifferently performed covers. Youth culture was at a boiling point and the one figure the vanguard of The Movement hoped would galvanize all those street-fighting men and women was . . . crooning "Blue Moon"? In hindsight, Self Portrait is, at best, pleasant. The uncharacteristically lush likes of "All The Tired Horses," "Wigwam," and "Copper Kettle" are mighty nice, in fact. But then the tepid covers of "The Boxer," "Early Mornin' Rain," and "Gotta Travel On," as well as perplexingly lifeless live versions of "Like a Rolling Stone" and "She Belongs to Me" drag the whole set down and leave one wondering what Dylan was thinking when he selected such a provocative title for such an unrevealing album.

Tracks
1. All the Tired Horses13. Copper Kettle (The Pale Moonlight)
2. Alberta #114. Gotta Travel On
3. I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know15. Blue Moon
4. Days of '4916. Boxer
5. Early Morning Rain17. Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)
6. In Search of Little Sadie18. Take Me as I Am (Or Let Me Go)
7. Let It Be Me19. Take a Message to Mary
8. Little Sadie20. It Hurts Me Too
9. Woogie Boogie21. Minstrel Boy
10. Belle Isle22. She Belongs to Me
11. Living the Blues23. Wigwam
12. Like a Rolling Stone24. Alberta #2

 

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"People love to bash this album, but I find it funny in a good way if nothing else. Dylan's destruction of Paul Simon's "The Boxer" is not to be missed, as well as his trashing of his own "Like A Rolling Stone" that sounds as if he recorded it while half-asleep. His impersonation of Jim Nabors on "Blue Moon" is also a highlight. But seriously, there is plenty of stuff worth hearing such as "Alberta" and "Little Sadie". So go ahead and own one of the most despised albums of all time on CD for an extremely affordable price!"

--Kona Jinx

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Artist: Bob Dylan

Released: June 8, 1970

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Gold


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