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'Bob Dylan 1970' is a pleasant collection of rehearsals for 'New Morning', new (for 1970) versions of Dylan classics such as "One Too Many Mornings" and "Gates of Eden" and songs from the pop charts of Dylan's youth such as "Matchbox" and "Cupid". George Harrison jojns him on guitar for several numbers but don't buy the collection expecting to hear Harrison sing or play anything special. Do buy it if you want to hear a seemingly relaxed Dylan experimenting and reminiscing. A couple of instrumentals are real highlights.
Yet another excellent addition to any serious Dylan fan's already vast collection. The only possible downside is the inclusion of several versions of certain songs (seven different versions of 'if not for you, for example) spread across the three discs. Of course they all differ to some extent and I personally have no problem with their inclusion. As stated in the headline to this review most of the tracks here sound pretty much as you would expect them to, given that they were mainly recorded at the same time as most of the 'Self Portrait' and 'New Morning' sessions. if you like those albums you are sure to like this one as well. Some of these songs are top notch , such as a band version of 'Song to Woody', others are just ok, i.e. most of the ones that Harrison plays on, which are pretty much off the cuff studio mess-arounds. I also like the packaging on this one, a four panel fold-out card (LP style) slipcase, 3 for the discs and one for the booklet. I prefer this to the usual digi-pak cases which often arrive with cracked plastic disc holders which can't be easily repaired or replaced. All in all a very good addition to my bulging shelf of Dylan albums. In my opinion well worth the twenty pounds I paid for it.
There's a lot to enjoy here, though it's obviously going to be more enjoyable if you've already developed a love of Bob's music, or an interest in his working methods. Many of the "bootleg series' releases have been superb, but there's often been a 'deep dive' version, as well as a more digestible version. OK- I know this latest release ISN'T being marketed as part of the Bootleg Series, but that's the problem I have with it. I love Dylan & I love George Harrison too- I was completely aware of what I was going to hear, ie: George playing on a handful of tracks. You think; "Oh- that's nice- must be George", then look at the notes & it isn't. Again- not that big a deal. The issue I have is that, a casual buyer could pick-up this release thinking they're about to hear finished collaborations, or both men doing vocals- when they definitely aren't: no mention of 'bootlegs', but a big fat 'Featuring George Harrison' slapped on the packaging- in fact PRINTED as part of the cover, not just a hype sticker (!). So, an unsuspecting buyer could hypothetically buy this & most likely utter those old words: "What IS this....?!". It does a disservice to BOTH men- potentially putting people off further Dylan purchases, but reducing George to a marketing tool. I'm not a grumpy old man, but I can't be the only one thinking this? (maybe I am....I'll go for a lie-down :-))
As many Dylan fans will know rock journalist Greil Marcus opened his 1970 review of Bob's "Self Portrait" aibum with the scathing line "What is this s***?" Well some 50 years later here is the answer. It's 74 unreleased tracks largely from the Self Portrait album and a few from its follow up "New Morning". Bob very much returns to his roots and sings songs he obviously liked as well as rerecording some of his 60's tracks. He's in fine voice (similar to Nashville Skyline) and he's backed by some excellent musicians including Bob Johnson, Charlie Daniels and Al Kooper. The disappointing thing for me though (and the reason for one star deduction) is that although George Harrison appears on 9 tracks you'd really be hard pushed to hear him. Perhaps it's a bit like Johnny Cash being present on the 1956 Million Dollar Quartet jam session but being off mic. The set comes with a nice 16 page booklet. Bob looks great and even his hair isn't quite so unruly. So in conclusion a nice addition to Dylan's massive ouvre and for £20 you can hardly complain.
All tracks given in chronological order from recording sessions between March 3rd 1970 and August 12th 1970 - ten different sessions in total. 1970 isn't a polished and finished n album, but workings and reworkings of songs that could or would be released later. Songs from Bob Dylan, songs from others and songs traditional.
Fantastic recordings, amazing songs, brilliant musicians and singers. Any Dylan fan, from occasional toe-dippers in the water that is extensive Dylan songbook to the Completist, should enjoy the three-and-a-half-hours available on the three CD's. To be fair though, for anyone who's Dylan collection consists of a Greatest Hits album (not that there's nothing wrong with that) then this would probably not be the next album to add to a collection, but for many fans this album is highly recommended.
The three CDs are presented in a quad-fold carboard case that has some recording session photographs on its "pages" together with a twelve-page booklet of information and photographs.
Das 3-CD-Set enthält bisher unveröffentlichte Outtakes aus den Sessions zu den Alben SELF PORTRAIT und NEW MORNING, sowie die kompletten Studioaufnahmen vom 1. Mai 1970 mit seinem zukünftigen Bandkollegen Harrison, die das Paar beim gemeinsamen Aufnehmen auf neun Tracks festhalten, darunter Dylan-Originale ("One Too Many Mornings", "Gates of Eden", "Mama, You Been On My Mind"), einschließlich des Covers "Ever I Brothers to Dream" der Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins '"Matchbox", The Beatles' "Yesterday") und mehr. Die Sammlung enthält zahlreiche Einstellungen von Dylans "If Not for You". Einige Monate nach diesen Sessions nahm Harrison den Song für sein All Things Must Pass-Album auf, das Ende des Jahres veröffentlicht wurde. Das 3CD-Set umfasst insgesamt 74 Titel.
Die Aufnahmen zu Bob Dylan - 1970 wurden erstmals am 4. Dezember in einer (sehr) limitierten Auflage im Rahmen der Copyright-Erweiterungsserie der Bob Dylan 50th Anniversary Collection (die 2012 begann) veröffentlicht. Diese erste Charge war sofort ausverkauft.
Besonders wertvoll dürften hier die neun Songs mit Harrison sein. Der Sound ist erfreulicherweise top. Viele verschiedene Takes eines Songs sind jetzt nicht unbedingt der große Anreiz, aber für Dylan Fans dürfte das 3CD Fans wie Weihnachten und Ostern auf einmal sein. Für 24,99€ hält sich der Preis auch in Grenzen. Das Set ist eine perfekte Ergänzung zu den beiden in 1970 erschienen und eingangs erwähnten Studio-Alben. AutoRip ist auch dabei. Meinerseits 5 Sterne für dieses Paket, welche aber nicht mit einem regulären Studio-Output vergleichbar sind. 1970 ist eher was für Nostalgiker und Komplettisten und die erwähnten Dylan Fans.
Hier die Songauflistung, in Klammern ist genannt, wo George Harrison mitspielt: DISC 1: • March 3, 1970 o I Can’t Help but Wonder Where I’m Bound o Universal Soldier – Take 1 o Spanish Is the Loving Tongue – Take 1 o Went to See the Gypsy – Take 2 o Went to See the Gypsy – Take 3 o Woogie Boogie • March 4, 1970 o Went to See the Gypsy – Take 4 o Thirsty Boots – Take 1 o Advertisement • March 5, 1970 o Little Moses – Take 1 o Alberta – Take 2 o Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies – Take 1 o Things About Comin’ My Way – Takes 2 & 3 o Went to See the Gypsy – Take 6 o Untitled 1970 Instrumental #1 o Come a Little Bit Closer – Take 2 o Alberta – Take 5 • May 1, 1970 o Sign on the Window – Take 2 o Sign on the Window – Takes 3-5 o If Not for You – Take 1 (with George Harrison) o Time Passes Slowly – Rehearsal o If Not for You – Take 2 o If Not for You – Take 3 o Song to Woody – Take 1 (with George Harrison) o Mama, You Been on My Mind – Take 1 o Yesterday – Take 1
DISC 2: • Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Take 1 • Medley: I Met Him on a Sunday (Ronde-Ronde)/Da Doo Ron Ron – Take 1 (with George Harrison) • One Too Many Mornings – Take 1(with George Harrison) • Ghost Riders in the Sky – Take 1 • Cupid – Take 1 • All I Have to Do Is Dream – Take 1 (with George Harrison) • Gates of Eden – Take 1 (with George Harrison) • I Threw It All Away – Take 1 • I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) – Take 1 • Matchbox – Take 1 (with George Harrison) • Your True Love – Take 1 (with George Harrison) • Telephone Wire – Take 1 • Fishing Blues – Take 1 • Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance – Take 1 • Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Take 1 • It Ain’t Me Babe (with George Harrison) • If Not for You • Sign on the Window – Take 1 • Sign on the Window – Take 2 • Sign on the Window – Take 3
• June 1, 1970 o Alligator Man o Alligator Man [rock version] o Alligator Man [country version] o Sarah Jane 1 o Sign on the Window o Sarah Jane 2
DISC 3: • June 2, 1970 o If Not for You – Take 1 o If Not for You – Take 2 • June 3, 1970 o Jamaica Farewell o Can’t Help Falling in Love o Long Black Veil o One More Weekend • June 4, 1970 o Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie – Take 1 o Three Angels o Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Take 1 o Tomorrow Is a Long Time – Take 2 o New Morning o Untitled 1970 Instrumental #2 • June 5, 1970 o Went to See the Gypsy o Sign on the Window – stereo mix o Winterlude o I Forgot to Remember to Forget 1 o I Forgot to Remember to Forget 2 o Lily of the West – Take 2 o Father of Night – rehearsal o Lily of the West • August 12, 1970 o If Not for You – Take 1 o If Not for You – Take 2 o Day of the Locusts – Take 2
i did have this down as 5 stars from listening to the download.....have changed it to one star although i want the set but cannot have for the following reasons......having read the 1 star review re faulty cds i thought it best to try mine...the reviewer is right...cd1 is fine...cds 2 and 3 skip all over the place...its a right hassle at my age and health to get this back to amazon.......as a final follow up...replacement came today...cd1 fine...again cd2 and cd3 skip from the start...now i have 2 to return.....got cash back eventually but of course amazon removed the download as expected from my ipad...so i want the set but lots of them are faulty and download far to expensive so this is now the only official dylan release i don't have.
Not overly excited when it was announced that these sessions were going to be released, considering the same ground was covered in the excellent “Another self portrait”album & the only reason for its release in the first place was because the copyright was ending. But “1970” is a fascinating collection of tracks, admittedly some are quite ruff & loose, but the sessions give the listener a front row seat in to how Dylan cultivates his songs as he re-records them, especially “Sign on the Window” of which there are numerous recordings. To be honest the tracks featuring Harrison (annoyingly spread over the first two CDs’) don’t differ that much from the rest of the album, the songs are ok but not exceptional. It's interesting though that they chose to play a couple of 1950’s rock n’ Roll tracks, such as Carl Perkins’ “Matchbox” & The Everly Brothers “All I Have to do is Dream”, which was the same era of songs The Beatles were covering during the “Let it Be” sessions just a few months before, but all be it in a less strained atmosphere. Highlights for me are, a one-minute snippet of “Universal Solider” made famous in the sixties by Donovan, Dylan lampoons him during the “Don’t look Back” documentary, it doesn't mention anything about Donovan in the liner notes, but it seem quite a coincidence. “Song for Woody” is turned into a country waltz & “Yesterday” is a quite rambling with a bit of a country twang (Dylan joins other musical luminaries Elvis & Sinatra by recording the song). Dylan adds an curious blues side-guitar to the country standard “Long Black Veil”, giving the song a different feel. If you are buying “1970” for the sole reason of George Harrison’s participation, I think you going to be disappointed, but over all there is more that enough quality recording to make this album worth buying & is a fascinating glimpse to a artist who seemed to be taking stock & re-examining his musical past.