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Self Portrait

Bob Dylan Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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1. All The Tired Horses
2. Alberta #4
3. I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
4. Days Of 49
5. Early Mornin' Rain
6. In Search Of A Little Sadie
7. Let It Be Me
8. Little Sadie
9. Woogie Boogie
10. Belle Isle
11. Living The Blues
12. Like A Rolling Stone
13. Copper Kettle
14. Gotta Travel On
15. Blue Moon
16. The Boxer
17. The Mighty Quinn (Quinn, The Eskimo)
18. Take Me As I Am
19. Take A Message To Mary
20. It Hurts Me Too
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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. --Steven Stolder

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Slapping together bizarre new songs, apparent parodies (as with Paul Simon's The Boxer ) and Basement Tapes outtakes, this 1970 double-album seemed designed to confuse-yet it still hit #4! Versions of Like a Rolling Stone; The Mighty Quinn , and It Hurts Me Too join All the Tired Horses; Wigwam; Woogie Boogie , and more.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected June 9 2006
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
Since many reviews for this album say that it's average, pretty incoherent and drab I didn't have high hopes for this album.

From most reviews I expected that this album would be a longer 'Nashville Skyline' with more filler tracks

That's why when I was given the CD (reviews put me off buying it myself) I was pleasantly surprised to find out it's really good.

It is slightly incoherent with some live tracks mixed in (of which the rolling stone one could easily have been left out) yet is incredibly creative. If you want and idea of what this album sound like try a mix between 'Nashville skyline' and 'Blonde on Blonde'

Yes some tracks aren't great and if this album was released as a 15 or even 18 song disc I would probably be giving it 5 stars instead of 4 yet I still love it.

For me the album art sums it up. An abstract project, unlike what he's done before yet with it's own charms all the same
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse into Dylan's influences and roots Feb. 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Funny how this is such a polarizing album. I think fans of Dylan who just wanted more of what he had produced before were disappointed when they were not fed the familiar and rejected this work out of hand. As for Dylan panning it, I'd never believe anything an artist says about his own work one way or the other. The fact of the matter is that this is a great album that stands the test of time. Whenever I put it on, even after months or years, it always stands up and I always am glad to have come back to it. I think the album is aptly named. It seems to me to be an intimate and honest glimpse into music that are part of the core of Dylan as an artist. He's not trying to make social statements here, he's making musical art.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dylan Classic Feb. 20 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Maybe not for everyone. But for Dylan fans, this is his most eclectic, maybe most honest album. With the exception of Quinn the Eskimo you are not likely to hear any of these tracks on the radio. Way back, it was one of the first albums that I bought as a young man. A joy to hear it again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius per usual April 6 2004
By Jazz
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who doesn't get the brilliance of this album has no connection with true poetic soul. The man remains a prophet. I would put Dylan above all authors of the Bible. Listen to the music, the words; cannot you realize its transcendent opulence? Compare this album, SELF PORTRAIT, to ANY ALBUM RELEASED in the last twenty years...can you honestly say there is better songwriting, loose-in-the-backyard production, sounding like Dylan and the band members are playing you a barbecue show just as a favor for you, and you thereby receiving Sacrament---can this honestly be equaled by product by any other so-called artist, band? He is above music, he meets the poets and straddles the line of literature for the man and woman who can remember a soul. Miss this album at your peril, and be relegated to the soulless chasm of Dave Matthews and Britney Spears. With Love, Jimmy Diamonds
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every time I read about this Dylan album... April 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
...they basically say it sucks. I like it. To me it's meditative. I came on to this site to give it 5 stars expecting to see 3 or less. I'm glad to see that there are other people out there that "get it." I have listened to Bob alot and for most of my adult life. I never bought this album (because of reviews) or heard it until recently. In the the 70's I had a Dylan album called "Dylan" that was not as long lasting but sounded alot like this one (it actually had "Mr. Bojangles" on it). I liked it for the same reason (to me alot of 70's Dylan is meditative). If you are a true Dylan fan you will love this. If didn't get into "Planet Waves" and other 70's Dylan you may not.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not listen to the Detractors! Feb. 5 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For nearly 40 years, we have had to listen to people complain that this is "Dylan's worst album." Even Dylan himself said so. All I have to say is this: Dylan at his worst is still better than most people at their best! Not only is this NOT a terrible album, it's actually a GOOD album. Full of nice songs like "Alberta #1 & #2," "Livin The Blues," and "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know." His cover of Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain," was purportedly supposed to be Bob Dylan making fun of Gordon Lightfoot...yet is still a great cover. "Wigwam" sounds kind of like Bob Dylan meets Ray Conniff, but it is a great little wordless tune which fit perfectly into the soundtrack of THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS. My favorite is "Belle Isle," which is as beautiful a song as Dylan ever sang. Even his cover of "The Boxer," while disjointed, is far from unlistenable. I have heard that Bob Dylan and Paul Simon strongly dislike each other...I don't know if that is true or not (can anyone confirm?), but listening to that song in that context actually makes it a little more enjoyable. Sure, there are a few less stellar cuts on this album, but let's remember something: THIS WAS A DOUBLE ALBUM. There were a lot of double albums coming out in this era, and most of them had both great stuff and not-so-great stuff on them. Cases in point: Beatles White Album, Bee-Gees Odessa, Chicago Transit Authority, Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Dylan's own BLONDE ON BLONDE and BASEMENT TAPES...all of these are great double albums...but I don't think any double album (nor single album, for that matter) is excellent all the way through. It is the nature of the beast.
Even the follow-up to this album, DYLAN, is not nearly as bad as people say it is.
The bottom line: if you like Dylan, you will find something on this album to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bob dylan self portrait
this is for die hard Dylan fans only. this is truly another side of Dylan which is a little country..but a self expression album for sure...
Published on April 20 2010 by Deborah N. Rothschild
4.0 out of 5 stars Critics suck!
Is it Bob's best Album no. Is it any good Yes! The songs on this album are all over the map. The songs have a loose just have fun feel to them.
Some critics hated this record. Read more
Published on April 11 2009 by KMT
4.0 out of 5 stars quintessential woodstock!
I can't believe Dylan himself panned this album! It's hard to argue with that, but I'd like to anyway. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2003 by Michael Salmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fantastic "Worst Album Ever Made"
It's ironic that most of the albums the public chooses to label as the "worst ever recorded" are often made by those who are acclaimed giants in the music world; examples include... Read more
Published on Dec 20 2003 by Bud Sturguess
4.0 out of 5 stars "how am I supposed to get any writin' done?"
The AMC online review says one must either be a diehard Dylan fanatic or someone with a perverse sense of humor to enjoy this. I guess I'm both. Read more
Published on Nov. 3 2003 by Tarheel
4.0 out of 5 stars country and covers
i was pretty suprised when i saw that a lot of people were unimpressed and considered this album a joke. i've had this one for about 2 years and i enjoy it. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by Mr. Aaron H. Levine
4.0 out of 5 stars Dylan's most challenging album...
The first time I heard this album I nearly laughed myself unconscious. I had recently seen "Don't Look Back" in which Dylan gives surrealistic and absurd press conferences, makes... Read more
Published on July 25 2003 by ewomack
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