Bob Dylan's 'Pretty Saro' Is Pretty Perfect
  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 08, 2013

  • Posted by: Matt Howard

As we reported last week in our Americanarama recap, ole' Bob Dylan's voice has seen better days. Apparently, Bob's well-aware of this, as his next release will be a reissue of his 1970 studio album, Self Portrait.

The four-disc release will feature never-before-heard recordings from acoustic sessions as well as cuts from fellow albums New Morning and Nashville Skyline. One such unheard track is Dylan's ethereal rendition of 1700s folk ballad "Pretty Saro". The song was recently shared and paired with Jennifer Lebeau's moving collage of photos taken from 1940s-on Farm Security Administration archives. Seeing how "Pretty Saro" has a history in Appalacchian culture, the colorized scroll of rural faces complements Bob's rendition perfectly.



The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) Tracklist:

CD 1
01. Went to See the Gypsy (demo)
02 In Search of Little Sadie (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
03. Pretty Saro (unreleased, Self Portrait)
04. Alberta #3 (alternate version, Self Portrait)
05. Spanish Is the Loving Tongue (unreleased, Self Portrait)
06. Annie's Going to Sing Her Song (unreleased, Self Portrait)
07. Time Passes Slowly #1 (alternate version, New Morning)
08. Only a Hobo (unreleased, Greatest Hits II)
09. Minstrel Boy (unreleased, The Basement Tapes)
10. I Threw It All Away (alternate version, Nashville Skyline)
11. Railroad Bill (unreleased, Self Portrait)
12. Thirsty Boots (unreleased, Self Portrait)
13. This Evening So Soon (unreleased, Self Portrait)
14. These Hands (unreleased, Self Portrait)
15. Little Sadie (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
16. House Carpenter (unreleased, Self Portrait)
17. All the Tired Horses (without overdubs, Self Portrait)

CD 2
01. If Not For You (alternate version, New Morning)
02. Wallflower (alternate version, 1971)
03. Wigwam (original version without overdubs, Self Portrait)
04. Days of '49 (original version without overdubs, Self Portrait)
05. Working on a Guru (unreleased, New Morning)
06. Country Pie (alternate version, Nashville Skyline)
07. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Live With the Band, Isle Of Wight 1969)
08. Highway 61 Revisited (Live With the Band, Isle Of Wight 1969)
09. Copper Kettle (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
10. Bring Me a Little Water (unreleased, New Morning)
11. Sign on the Window (with orchestral overdubs, New Morning)
12. Tattle O'Day (unreleased, Self Portrait)
13. If Dogs Run Free (alternate version, New Morning)
14. New Morning (with horn section overdubs, New Morning)
15. Went to See the Gypsy (alternate version, New Morning)
16. Belle Isle (without overdubs, Self Portrait)
17. Time Passes Slowly #2 (alternate version, New Morning)
18. When I Paint My Masterpiece (demo)

Bob Dylan and the Band at Isle of Wight August 31st, 1969
01. She Belongs to Me
02. I Threw It All Away
03. Maggie's Farm
04. Wild Mountain Thyme
05. It Ain't Me, Babe
06. To Ramona/Mr. Tambourine Man
07. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
08. Lay Lady Lay
09. Highway 61 Revisited
10. One Too Many Mornings
11. I Pity the Poor Immigrant
12. Like a Rolling Stone
13. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
14. Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
15. Minstrel Boy
16. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

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