While the official Sony press release is expected to be released at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, information was posted today on Amazon and You Tube concerning Bob Dylan’s “Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10.” There will be different versions, including a 2 CD or 3 LP set with 35 tracks, or a deluxe version with two additional CDs with a remastered version of the original album, and the complete 1969 Isle Of Wight concert with The Band, in addition to two hardcover books. The scheduled release date for all formats is August 27.
Here’s the blurb from Amazon:
- Bob Dylan’s “Bootleg Series Volume 10” comes from the 1969 1971 recording sessions that ultimately produced the “Self Portrait” and “New Morning” albums. All 35 tracks are previously unreleased, alternate takes, demos or live versions of that material. The versions of the songs on this package are radically different from the officially released versions. The cover is new artwork by Bob Dylan. The liner notes have been written by Greil Marcus, who wrote the original “Self Portrait” review for ”Rolling Stone” that infamously asked, “What is this sh**?.” Also included is an extensive essay from well known journalist, Michael Simmons. The set also has extensive photographs of that era from John Cohen and Al Clayton many of them rare and unseen – as well as pictures of the original tape boxes and cue sheets.
- But true fans need the deluxe version, which includes Dylan and The Band’s full performance at the Isle of Wight in 1969, a milestone in Dylan mythology.
- The Standard Version contains 35 tracks on 2 CD’s, and soft cover perfect bound booklet
- The Deluxe Version contains 4 CD’s and two hardcover books housed in a hardcover slip case
- Book # 1 contains 4 CD’s and liner notes
- Book # 2 contains the photos from John Cohen and Al Clayton.
- The 2 bonus CD’s will contain the newly remastered version of Self Portrait and the complete 17 song recording of Dylan & The Band performing live at the Isle Of Wight in 1969
- The vinyl version contains 35 tracks on 3 LPs (and 2 CDs) plus a 12″ x 12″ booklet that includes the liner notes written by Greil Marcus, the essay from Michael Simmons, and the photographs from John Cohen and Al Clayton, and pictures of the original tape boxes and cue sheets.
The promotional video, embedded above, includes interviews with Al Kooper and David Bromberg, who both played on the sessions. It is interesting to note the recordings range from 1969 to 1971, including material recorded with George Harrison (probably on May 1, 1970).
In the clip, excerpts of songs can be heard, including “Went To See The Gypsy,” “Pretty Saro,” and “Tell Old Bill” on acoustic guitar (and occasional harmonica ), a full band version of “Time Passes Slowly,” a slowed down version of “If Not For You” on piano with a violin backing, and a solo (demo?) version of “When I Paint My Masterpiece” on piano.
So far, everything sounds astounding.
A list of known sessions for 1969, 1970, and 1971 can be found on Still On The Road.
Expect more details Tuesday morning.
- Amazon U.S. 2 CD
- Amazon U.S. 4 CD
- Amazon U.S. 3 LP
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