9 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For anybody fascinated by Bob Dylan’s eclectic covers approach on Self Portrait, he doubles down on that m.o. here. While Dylan is undoubtedly in his comfort zone gliding coolly across traditional folk tunes like “Mary Ann” and “Lily of the West,” it’s an equal thrill to hear him head into less-expected corners, like his slightly Caribbean-inflected take on Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” or his impassioned country-soul stroll through the old Elvis Presley smash “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

For anybody fascinated by Bob Dylan’s eclectic covers approach on Self Portrait, he doubles down on that m.o. here. While Dylan is undoubtedly in his comfort zone gliding coolly across traditional folk tunes like “Mary Ann” and “Lily of the West,” it’s an equal thrill to hear him head into less-expected corners, like his slightly Caribbean-inflected take on Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” or his impassioned country-soul stroll through the old Elvis Presley smash “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Fstern ,

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.

rsankey6645 ,

"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

Alternative Jazz music Group ,

Worthy Addition!

So happy this has finally been made available by itself, although would love to see a separate CD release outaide of the box set. I did own the vinyl copy before I got rid of my vinyl collection. I love Dylan's spin on Can't Help Falling In Love This album is a worthy addition to Mr Dylan's catalogue.

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