Days Of 49 - Bob Dylan - Self Portrait
Label: Columbia - C2X 30050 • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Album 2-eye lbl, Gatefold • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Classic Rock
Self Portrait was Dylan's second double album after Blonde on Blondeand features many cover versions of well-known pop and folk songs. Also included are a handful of instrumentals and original compositions. Most of the album is sung in the affected country crooning voice that Dylan had introduced a year earlier on Nashville Skyline. Seen by some Spanish Sun - Sunbirds - Sunbirds intentionally surreal and even satirical at times, Self Portrait received extremely poor reviews.
Dylan has claimed in interviews that Self Portrait was something of a joke, far below the standards he set in the s, and was made to get people off his back and end the "spokesman of a generation" tags. Despite the negative reception, the album quickly went gold Days Of 49 - Bob Dylan - Self Portrait the US, where it hit No.
The album has since built a cult following and saw a retrospective positive re-evaluation with the release of The Bootleg Series Vol. The motives behind Self Portrait have been subject to wild speculation and great debate. Over the years, a few credible theories have emerged from those familiar with the project. Critic Robert Shelton was under the impression that Self Portrait was intended as a serious release.
He wouldn't be drawn out, although obviously he had been stung by the criticism. He indicated that if the album had come from Presley or the Everly Cousin Mary - John Coltrane - The Heavyweight Champion - The Complete Atlantic Recordingswho veered toward the middle of the road, it wouldn't have shocked so many.
However, in a Rolling Stone interview taken inDylan gave a different reason for the album's release:. I'd also seen that I was representing all these things that I didn't know anything about.
Like I was Sarcófago - Nazarenus Torment Continue - The Unreleased Album to be on acid.
It was all storm-the-embassy kind of stuff— Abbie Hoffman in the streets—and they sorta figured me as the kingpin of all that. I said, 'Wait a minute, I'm just a musician. So my songs are about this and that.
So what? People need a leader more than a leader needs people, really. I mean, anybody can step up and be a leader, if he's got the people there that want one. I didn't want that, though. But then Days Of 49 - Bob Dylan - Self Portrait the big news about Woodstock, about Days Of 49 - Bob Dylan - Self Portrait goin' up there, and it was like a wave of insanity breakin' loose around the house day and night.
You'd come in the house and find people there, people comin' through the woods, at all hours of the day and night, knockin' on your door.
It was really dark and depressing. And there was no way to respond Days Of 49 - Bob Dylan - Self Portrait all this, you know? It was as if they Days Of 49 - Bob Dylan - Self Portrait suckin' your very Dislike - Capitalist Casualties - Disassembly Line out.
I said, 'Now wait, these people can't be my fans. They just can't be. We had to get out of there. This was just about the time of that Woodstock festival, which was the sum total of all this bullshit. And it seemed to have something to do with me, this Woodstock Nation, and everything it represented.
So we couldn't breathe. I couldn't get any space for myself and my family, and there was no help, nowhere. I got very resentful about the whole thing, and we got outta there. We moved to New York. Lookin' back, it really was a stupid thing to do. But there was a house available on MacDougal Streetand I always remembered that as a nice place. So I just bought this house, sight unseen.
But it wasn't the same when we got back. There'd be crowds outside my house. And I said, 'Well, fuck it. I wish these people would just forget about me. I wanna do something they can't possibly like, they can't relate to. They'll see it, and they'll listen, and they'll say, 'Well, let's get on to the next person. He ain't sayin' it no more. He ain't given' us what we want,' you know? They'll go on to somebody else.
But the whole idea backfired. Because the album went out there, and the people said, 'This ain't what we want,' and they got more resentful. And then I did this portrait for the cover. I mean, there was no title for that album. I knew somebody who had some paints and a square canvas, and I did the cover up in about five minutes. As to why he chose to release a double album, Dylan replied, "Well, it wouldn't have held up as a single album—then it really would've been bad, you know.
I mean, if you're gonna put a lot of crap on it, you might as well load it up! Later, Cameron Crowe interviewed Dylan for his liner notes to 's Biographa boxed-set retrospective of Dylan's career. When asked about Self PortraitDylan added more details to the story:.
Self Portrait was criticized for its performances and overall productionwith many critics singling out various songs as poor cover choices. However, one track has managed to draw consistent praise over the years. Appalachian farmers who struggled to make their living off the land would routinely siphon off a percentage of their corn in order to distill whiskey. Everything produced would then be hidden from the government in order to avoid the whiskey tax of Clinton Heylin writes, "'Copper Kettle' Among the original songs written for the album, the instrumental "Wigwam" later Au Suivant - Jacques Brel - Jacques Brel recognition for its use in the Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums.
The song featured in the film Blow. The only song on the album that can be considered psychedelic is the party-friendly romp " The Mighty Quinn Quinn the Eskimo ," originally recorded at the Basement Tapes sessions and covered to great success by Manfred Mann in For live venues, the Grateful Dead and Phish made the song an iconic favorite.
The version on Self Portraithowever, is a soundboard-sourced live performance from Dylan and the Band's Isle of Wight Festival concert as are three other tracks on the album.
Self Portrait received negative reviews by critics and consumers alike. Dylan had his share of negative criticism before Self Portrait.
At worst, his debut was met with quiet indifference. Inhis tour with the Hawks was met with open hostility from some fans, but the burgeoning rock press countered that reaction with Days Of 49 - Bob Dylan - Self Portrait enthusiastic praise.
With Self Portraitthere were few admirers and far more detractors. Critical disdain seemed universal. At best, a number of journalists, including Robert Christgaufelt there was a concept behind Self Portrait that had some merit.
First, that 'self' is most accurately defined and depicted in terms of the artifacts—in this case, pop tunes and folk songs claimed as personal property and semispontaneous renderings of past creations frozen for posterity on a piece of tape and perhaps even a couple of songs one has written oneself—to which one responds. Second, that the people's music is the music people like, Mantovani strings and all. However, few critics expressed any interest in the music itself.
I don't listen to it at all. The singing is not Sexo En Exceso - Angeles Del Infierno - A Cara O Cruz good, though it has its moments, and the production—for which I blame Bob Johnstonthough Dylan has to be listed as a coconspirator—ranges from indifferent to awful. It is possible to use strings and soprano choruses well, but Johnston has never demonstrated the knack.
Other points: it's overpriced, the cover art is lousy, and it sounds good on WMCA. In his Rolling Stone review with its memorably vitriolic opening line, "What is this shit? I still would. But not an album of Dylan breathing softly. WebermanDylan can be heard responding angrily to the Marcus review, while attempting to defend larger accusations of perceived non-committal politics. RexOne More Cup Of Coffee - Bob Dylan - Desire this point in its earlier incarnation as hippy acoustic duo Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Appalled at the negative reviews directed at the album, Bolan wrote a letter in its defence to the 11 July edition of Melody Maker :.
InKnopf published Dylan's song lyrics, Bad Dreams (Remix) - Various - Thunderdome - The Best Of 97, and album notes as Writings and Drawingswith updated versions called Lyrics appearing in and In all three editions, Catharsis In Azure - Thirdmoon - Bloodforsaken original lyrics from Self Portrait are never acknowledged, suggesting Dylan's disavowal of the whole album to that time.
However, the lyrics to "Living the Blues" and "Minstrel Boy" are included, listed as extra songs from the Nashville Skyline sessions; the edition includes them under their own entry  and Dylan's current website includes the release together with lyrics and download links.
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