Dylan’s 1973 non-album “Dylan”: Music review

When Dylan left Columbia Records and went to Asylum Records, Columbia scooped up a bunch of out-takes from the 1969 “Self Portrait” and 1970 “New Morning” sessions and released them without Dylan’s input in 1973, calling the album “Dylan.” Not one you can easily find on CD, I hadn’t heard it before. Having recently bought a record player, I had to grab this when I saw it in a record store in Hastings-on-Hudson this weekend.
I like it. Although in chronological terms it’s placed between “Pat Gattett & Billy the Kid” and “Planet Waves,” this is definitely the Dylan of the turn of the 70s, finding his new voice, stripped back to the acoustic, but with organs and female choruses filling out the space rather unnecessarily.
Definitely a required addition to the Dylan collection.

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