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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dylan: A New 'Self-Portrait'?

Columbia just announced volume ten in its valuable Bob Dylan Bootleg Series--and they are boldly going where some hoped they would never go--35 "rarities" and "outtakes," mainly from one of his most derided albums, Self-Portrait, from 1970.   Greil Marcus in Rolling Stones had famously asked, "What is this shit?" about this double-lp collection of covers, old folk songs, a few live cuts with The Band.  The new CDs also covers the album that followed,  New Morning, which started him on the road back.  One thing's for sure:  Dylan's painting ability, if not his singing,  has improved greatly.  Here's their promo trailer:

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