Self Portrait

Label
Columbia
Running length
31 tracks
Running time
101:33

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 All The Tired Horses 3:09 36,037
2 Alberta #1 2:54 21,864
3 I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know 2:21 21,655
4 Days of 49 5:24 18,846
5 Early Mornin' Rain 3:31 14,522
6 In Search Of Little Sadie 2:25 21,233
7 Let It Be Me 2:58 21,621
8 Little Sadie 1:57 21,783
9 Woogie Boogie 2:04 20,456
10 Belle Isle 2:27 20,509
11 Living the Blues 2:40 20,819
12 Like a Rolling Stone (Live) 9:09 6,546
12 Like a Rolling Stone 6:08 848,512
13 Copper Kettle 3:32 5,998
13 Copper Kettle (The Pale Moonlight) 3:31 13,809
14 Gotta Travel On 3:05 19,716
15 Blue Moon 2:26 22,029
16 The Boxer 2:45 22,879
17 Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) (live) 2:48 506
17 Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) 2:45 48,931
17 The Mighty Quinn (Quinn, the Eskimo) 2:44 13,743
18 Take Me as I Am (or Let Me Go) 3:01 14,437
18 Take Me as I Am 3:03 7,696
19 Take a Message to Mary 2:44 21,086
20 It Hurts Me Too 3:12 19,279
21 Minstrel Boy 3:30 15,276
21 Minstrel Boy (live) 3:32 783
22 She Belongs to Me (live) 2:43 1,901
22 She Belongs to Me 2:48 196,257
23 Wigwam 3:06 59,929
24 Alberta #2 3:11 12,037

About this album

Self Portrait is singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s 10th studio album, released by Columbia Records in June 1970.

It was Dylan’s second double album, and features mostly 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 as intentionally surreal and even satirical at times, Self Portrait received extremely poor reviews upon release; Greil Marcus’ opening sentence in his Rolling Stone review was: “What is this shit?”[1]

Dylan later claimed in interviews that Self Portrait was something of a joke, far below the standards he set in the 1960s, simply to get people off his back and end the “spokesman of a generation” tags; but he has also given other, contradictory accounts of his motives.

Despite the negative reception, the album quickly went gold in the US, where it hit #4, and it gave Dylan yet another UK #1 hit before it fell down the charts.

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  • AplusR96

    Worst album.

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • IamFlood

    Pretty good, really. Perfect for a Sunday Afternoon.

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • bucolicdream

    Isle of Wight is the best version of "Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) " in existence [2]

    31 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    you gotta be kidding me, Isle of Wight is the best version of "Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) " in existence

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • bluerthanthezoo

    This is the greatest album of all time. +2

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • chivesontheweb

    I'd be able to enjoy this album so much more if the Isle of Wight tracks weren't in it.

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    lt's great [2]

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • njokmo413

    this isn't really as bad as everyone makes it out to be, I mean it's not great but it's not terrible either. [2]

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    it's great

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • RonZol

    Excellent!

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    Huh... I actually really, really like this. I think groovyjazztime down below has got its appeal down pretty well. It's calming, pretty-sounding, and generous, with an interesting & varied tracklist.

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mrzigge

    Funny that this album is called Self Portrait when it mostly consists of bad covers. It almost sounds like he's trying to sound as bad as he can, especially on The Boxer. Wouldn't come as a surprise if he was drunk or high when he recorded it though.

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Akayz7

    I know I'm probably wrong and in the minority, but I like to think this is the real Bob Dylan. [2]

    15 Feb 2012 Reply
  • richardneal

    I know I'm probably wrong and in the minority, but I like to think this is the real Bob Dylan.

    8 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ANTIQCOOL

    You might enjoy this cover of Knockin On Heavens Door http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOzjRYi7KTY

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • dabigcheeze

    It's not as bad as its reputation suggests; however, the version of "Like A Rolling Stone" on this album is possibly the worst thing Dylan's ever released.

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • surround_me

    can't paint for shit. so glad i don't judge albums by the cover this is THE TITS

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Akayz7

    This is the greatest album of all time.

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Adriat1c

    first part of this is actually pretty good, especially the traditional songs, the second part is boring and uncreative really

    25 Apr 2011 Reply
  • mariannerenoir_

    "what is this shit?"

    22 Apr 2011 Reply
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