The Bootleg series is back. New (old) Dylan out this week. Some tracks will sneak out on the airwaves. Be ready!
Although Bob Dylan’s 10th studio album, Self Portrait, was panned by critics and fans upon its release in 1970, the hodgepodge of songs that Dylan put together for the double album did well on the charts (reaching No. 1 on the U.K. album charts and No. 4 in the U.S.), even if its primary purpose was to turn Dylan fans off, as the legendary singer-songwriter has admitted. Dylan has also said that he painted the original album’s cover art in mere minutes (it looks like he put in a little more time for this new release’s cover art) and hoped that the album, in addition to him eschewing the Woodstock Festival for England’s Isle of Wight (Aug. 31, 1969) music festival — during which he performed with the Band — would keep him out of the spotlight. However, one of the reasons why the album sold so well was because Dylan’s die-hard legion of fans were aching for a new album following Dylan’s 1966 motorcycle crash; the spooky, yet short, John Wesley Harding album that followed, and 1969’s country-flavoured Nashville Skyline
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