September 07, 2011
Self-Portrait Rebooted - Bob Dylan 
"What is this shit?" Thusly opined ye holey Greil. Time in and out of mind, the reaction was to be expected. An unbroken string of cultural paradigm pushing masterpieces and then....inept, shallow hodge podge: session out-takes, lame live performance, numbingly dire cover versions (take a bow The Boxer and Blue Moon). Double album! Critics, mainly critics let it be noted, were aghast n appalled.
Erase Self Portrait from history. Wind forward 40 years and imagine, if you will, latest Columbia Records release Bootleg Series Vol. 0. A single disc showcasing 13 unearthed cuts from Dylan's notoriously fallow Nashville Skyline - New Morning interregnum. Prime proto-Americana: glowing string arrangements; female backing singers ten years before ubiquitous gospel backline wailers; instrumentals before official light of day on Pat Garrett soundtrack; front porch old-timey vibes prefiguring Theme Time Radio Hour by almost half a century. Suddenly, the Johnny Cash duets make perfect sense. Ye critics collectively poop thems drawers n nay mistake; the Greilster's fundamental question legitimised.
Laddies n Genlmen, Self Portrait Rebooted.
01 All The Tired Horses
02 Copper Kettle (The Pale Moonlight)
03 Early Mornin' Rain
04 Let It Be Me
05 Belle Isle
06 Take A Message To Mary
07 Take Me As I Am (Or Let Me Go)
08 I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know
09 It Hurts Me Too
10 Minstrel Boy
11 Alberta #2
12 Gotta Travel On
Oddi wrth y brawd
let it roll