2013年8月19日

Another self portrait First Listen

2013年8月19日




From NPR




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First Listen: Bob Dylan, Highlights From 'Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)'


Highlights※15曲全て









Went to See the Gypsy (demo)
"This song would eventually appear on New Morning, but here's the rough demo version, with a different bridge recorded during the Self Portrait sessions"

"This is a song that would wind up on New Morning. Here is the rough demo version with a different bridge that Dylan played at those first Self Portrait sessions. The song's mysterious lyrics about meeting a shaman or seer in a hotel room seem to underscore the journey the singer is going through at this time; he’s looking for a direction and hoping for an inspiration that would point the way"




If Not For You (alternate version)
"The first track off New Morning, performed here solo with only violin accompaniment"

"The leadoff track from New Morning, done here solo on the piano with only violin accompaniment"




Working on a Guru (unreleased)
"Another song from the session with George Harrison. Harrison provides two classic rockabilly solos"

"A few months after the original sessions for Self Portrait, George Harrison dropped by the studio for a day of recording. It seems like Dylan wrote this one on the spot, while George channels his inner Carl Perkins for two classic rockabilly solos"




Annie's Going to Sing Her Song (unreleased)
"This recording of a Tom Paxton song was done in one take and then forgotten for four decades"

" Left on the editing room floor for four decades, this beautiful reading of a forgotten Tom Paxton song was done in one take and hints at what might have become a country classic"




Pretty Saro
"A traditional American ballad from the Civil War era"

"Dylan's knowledge of traditional folk music is probably unparalleled among rock performers. Here, he dusts off an ancient American ballad from the Civil War and gives it a beautiful, succinct reading"




Time Passes Slowly #1 (alternate version)
"A few months after the original Self Portrait sessions, George Harrison stopped by for a day of collaborative recording. That's Harrison on guitar and harmony vocal for this alternate version of a song that would finally be released on New Morning"

"Another song from the sessions with George Harrison. Here they try out a version of a song that would wind up on New Morning. George adds his signature guitar playing along with a classic Beatle-esque harmony vocal"
 



Only a Hobo (unreleased)
"Dylan first recorded, but never released, this song for his 1963 album The Times They Are A Changin', and then recorded it again in 1971 for new material to be included on a second volume of Greatest Hits. This version features folk musician Happy Traum on banjo and harmony vocals"

"Dylan first recorded, but never released, this story of a neglected homeless man for his 1963 album, The Times They are a Changin'. But it was not forgotten. In 1971, when Columbia Records wanted to release a second volume of greatest hits, Dylan came up with an unusual idea: Along with the hits, he would record a side’s worth of new material; perhaps the first artist to include unreleased tracks on a greatest hits album. For this recording he rounded up longtime folk musician Happy Traum, who supplied the unpretentious harmony and banjo picking. Together they conjure the off-the-cuff, spirited feel of a Greenwich Village coffee house. However, this version didn't make the cut either. Although the 1963 version of "Only A Hobo" was released on the first volume of The Bootleg Series, Another Self Portrait marks the debut of this 1971 gem"




Minstrel Boy (unreleased)
"This version of 'Minstrel Boy' has never been released or bootlegged before. It was recorded two years before Self Portrait, during the legendary Basement Tapes sessions with The Band"

"This is one of the songs that Dylan would perform with the Band live at Isle of Wight and that was included on the original Self Portrait. Here's a version recorded two years earlier during the legendary Basement Tapes, where Dylan tried out scores of new songs with the Band. This has never been released nor bootlegged"




Highway 61 Revisited live with The Band at Isle of Wight (1969)
"This was remixed for the Live At The Isle Of Wight release and features Dylan and The Band performing for a crowd of 400,000"

"Remixed for Live at the Isle of Wight, Bob Dylan and the Band rocking the 400,000 in attendance"




Bring Me a Little Water (unreleased)
"Another traditional song from the New Morning sessions"

"Another traditional song, this one done a few months later during the New Morning sessions, with Dylan pounding the piano in lock-step rhythm with his vocals"




Tattle O'Day (unreleased)
"A take on a centuries-old nursery rhyme"

"A nursery rhyme that dates back hundreds of years. Dylan had been asked many times during the '60s where his surrealistic imagery came from. One of the things he pointed to was the old English ballads and nursery rhymes. On one level, this is a simple children's song. Through the lens of the '60s, it's more surrealistic than any of the psychedelia of the time"




This Evening So Soon (unreleased)
"Greenwich Village folk musician Bob Gibson is known for his rousing version of this traditional song. You can hear Dylan name-check him at the beginning of this take"

"At the beginning of this take, Dylan name checks Greenwich Village folkie Bob Gibson, who is known for his rousing version of this traditional song. Dylan captures that spirit and more on this heartbreaking tale of a tragic death"




In Search of Little Sadie (without overdubs)
"This is the original version of this recording, stripped of bass and drums"

"This traditional song was recorded during the first of the Self Portrait sessions. Dylan takes Bromberg and Kooper through a dizzying array of key changes. In the end, producer Bob Johnston would take these tracks to Nashville and add bass and drums. Here it is for the first time, stripped down and original"




Belle Isle (without overdubs)
"A version of the Self Portrait track without the orchestrations"

" It's hard to imagine that this is the same exact tape that appeared on Self Portrait. Once the orchestrations are removed, the simple beauty of the melody and the fragile tale of love blossoms"




When I Paint My Masterpiece (demo)
"Bootleg Series Volume 10 closes with this piano-and-vocal version of a 1971 recording of 'When I Paint My Masterpiece'."

"Bootleg Series Volume 10 closes with this piano and vocal version of a 1971 recording of one of the six songs that was added to Greatest Hits, Vol. II.  That Dylan's second-greatest hits record was a double record and contained six new songs was a true anomaly for its time. “When I Paint My Masterpiece” finds Dylan wondering what the future will bring, and still searching for a sound that would remain elusive. This performance seems the perfect conclusion for the set"


First Play: Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) (cbc.ca)







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