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Self Portrait - Bob Dylan

Self Portrait

Self Portrait was released as a two album set. It has some good songs, including a few covers, but overall it is uneven. According to the notes in Biograph, at least part of the reason for releasing this is to prevent the bootlegging of the material. 

Self Portrait's 24 tracks includes three different components to it each with different personnel. Of them four are live songs with The Band, six are studio outtakes from the Nashville Skyline sessions, and the remaining ten tracks are from the Self Portrait sessions. His album Dylan is similar, of it's nine tracks seven of from Self Portrait and two from Nashville Skyline eras. The personnel on the songs representing Self Portrait is similar to New Morning

In the track selection I've included the credits. The album would have flowed better if the material was organized with different pieces sequenced together. One day I plan to take different Dylan odds and ends from albums like this, Biograph, Greatest Hits Vol. 2, different Bootleg Series releases and make my own CD to play. For example, extend Nashville Skyline by adding these tracks, and add the four live tracks that feature The Band with the odds and ends on numerous releases, found both Dylan and The Band's catalog's. 

Speaking of The Band, these four performances were from Dylan's his Isle of Wright performance, on 8/31/1969; the shows set list is listed below. Too, these live tracks are not sequenced together. The material is not as good as their tour in 1966 that was represented on Bootleg Series Volume 4, the 1974 tour represented on Before the Flood, or their mini set at The Last Waltz. Nevertheless, the four tracks are worthwhile for a collector. 
12. Like a Rolling Stone
17. Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)
21. Minstrel Boy
22. She Belongs to Me
More about the Bob Dylan and The Band recorded works.

Self Portrait is not a great album and is organized poorly. It is certainly missing a classic song, and for this time of Dylan career, usually a few per album were on par. However, there is some good material. It is kind of like the Bootleg Series before its time. What makes this album more desirable than what otherwise might be the case is the Nashville Skyline outtakes. That is one of my favorite Bob Dylan releases and this release includes another six tracks. 

by Barry Small  


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1. All the Tired Horses  ?
2. Alberta, No. 1  3/5/1970 ?
3. I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know 4/26/1969 Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tenn., Apr. 26, 1969 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Charlie McCoy (bass) - Norman Blake (guitar) - -Fred Carter Jr. (guitar) - Pete Drake (pedal steel) - Robert Wilson (piano) - Kenneth Buttrey (drums) - Charlie E. Daniels (guitar)
4. Days of '49  5/4/1970 Columbia Studios, New York, N.Y., Mar. 4, 1970 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Al Kooper (guitar or keyboards) - David Bromberg (guitar) - Emanuel Green (violin) - Alvin Rogers (drums, overdub) - Stu Woods (bass, overdub)
5. Early Morning Rain  3/17/1970 Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tenn., March 17, 1970 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Charlie E. Daniels (guitar) -Bubba Fowler (guitar) - Karl T. Himmel - Ron Cornelius (guitar)
6. In Search of Little Sadie 5/3/1970 Columbia Studios, New York, N.Y., Mar. 3, 1970 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocal) - Al Kooper )organ or piano) - David Bromberg (guitar) - other back-up unclear
7. Let It Be Me 4/26/1969 Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tenn., Apr. 26, 1969 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Charlie McCoy (bass) - Norman Blake (guitar) - Fred Carter Jr. (guitar) - Pete Drake (steel guitar) - Robert Wilson (piano) - Kenneth Buttrey (drums) - Charlie Daniels (guitar)
8. Little Sadie 5/3/1970 Columbia Studios,New York, N.Y., Mar. 3, 1970 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - David Bromberg (guitar) - Al Kooper (keyboards) - other back-up unclear
9. Woogie Boogie 3/3/1970
10. Belle Isle 3/3/1970 Columbia Studios, New York, N.Y., Mar. 3, 1970 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Dvid Bromberg (guitar) - Al Kooper (keyboard) - Emanuel Green (?) (possibly)
11. Living the Blues 4/24/1969 Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tenn., Apr. 24, 1969 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Charlie McCoy (guitar) - Pete Drake (pedal steel) - Robert Wilson (piano) - Kenneth Buttrey (drums) - Charlie Daniels (guitar) - Fred Carter Jr. (guitar)
12. Like a Rolling Stone 8/31/1969 Isle Of Wight, England, Aug. 31, 1969 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Robbie Robertson (guitar) - Richard manuel (piano) - Garth Hudson (organ) - Rick Danko (bass) - Levon Helm (drums)
13. Copper Kettle (The Pale Moonlight) 3/13/1970 Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tenn., Mar. 13, 1970 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Kenny Buttrey (bongos/congos) - Charlie McCoy (upright bass/harmonica)
14. Gotta Travel On 3/13/1970 Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tenn., Mar. 13, 1970 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Charlie McCoy (upright bass/harmonica) - Kenneth Buttrey (bongos/congos)
15. Blue Moon 5/3/1969 Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tenn., May 3, 1969 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Charlie McCoy (guitar) - Pete Drake (pedal steel) - Fred Carter Jr. (guitar) - Robert S. Wilson (piano) - Norman L. Blake (guitar) - Doug Kershaw (violin) - Kenny Buttrey (drums) - Charlie Daniels (guitar)
16. Boxer 3/3/1970 Columbia Studios, New York, N.Y., Mar. 3, 1970 / Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tenn., Mar. 12, 1970 (overdubs) - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals/back-up vocals) - David Bromberg (guitar) - Al Kooper (organ or piano) - Fred Carter Jr. (guitar) - Kenny Buttrey (drums)
17. Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) 8/31/1969 Isle Of Wight, England, Aug. 31, 1969 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Robbie Robertson (guitar) - Richard manuel (piano) - Garth Hudson (organ) - Rick Danko (bass) - Levon Helm (drums)
18. Take Me as I Am (Or Let Me Go) 4/26/1969 Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tenn., Apr. 26, 1969 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Charlie McCoy (bass) - Norman Blake (guitar) - Fred Carter Jr. (guitar) - Pete Drake (steel guitar) - Robert Wilson (piano) - Kenneth Buttrey (drums) - Charlie Daniels (guitar)
19. Take a Message to Mary 5/3/1969 Columbia Studios, Nashville, Tenn., May 3, 1969 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Charlie McCoy (guitar) - Pete Drake (steel guitar) - Fred Carter Jr. (guitar) - Robert S. Wilson (piano) - Norman Blake (guitar) - Doug Kershaw (violin) - Kenneth Buutrey (drums) - Charlie Daniels (guitar)
20. It Hurts Me Too 3/3/1970 Columbia Studios, New York, N.Y., Mar. 3, 1970 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - David Bromberg (guitar) - Al Kooper (keyboards) - additional back-up unclear
21. Minstrel Boy 8/31/1969 Isle Of Wight, England, Aug. 31, 1969 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Robbie Robertson (guitar) - Richard manuel (piano) - Garth Hudson (organ) - Rick Danko (bass) - Levon Helm (drums)
22. She Belongs to Me 8/31/1969 Isle Of Wight, England, Aug. 31, 1969 - Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Robbie Robertson (guitar) - Richard manuel (piano) - Garth Hudson (organ) - Rick Danko (bass) - Levon Helm (drums)
23. Wigwam 5/4/1970 Columbia Studios, New York, N.Y., Mar. 4, 1970 - single / Self Portrait
Bob Dylan (guitar/vocals) - Al Kooper (guitar) - David Bromberg (guitar) - Emanuel Green (violin?) - Alvin Rogers (drum overdubs?) - Stu Woods (bass overdubs?)
24. Alberta, No. 2 3/5/1970 ?

Personnel credits taken from Ballad of a Thin Man

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The set list for the Dylan and The Band performance at the Isle of Wright performance, on 8/31/1969.

She Belongs To Me, I Threw It All Away, Maggie's Farm, Wild Mountain Thyme, It Ain't Me Babe, To Ramona, Mr. Tambourine Man, I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine, Lay Lady Lay, Highway 61 Revisited, One Too Many Mornings, I Pity The Poor Immigrant, Like A Rolling Stone, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, Mighty Quinn, Minstrel Boy, Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35

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