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View Poll Results: Vote for a FAIR album
Passion, Grace and Fire - John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia 3 37.50%
Tsunawatari - Hako Yamasaki 0 0%
Exuma - Exuma 2 25.00%
Koder P Snor - Valravn 2 25.00%
Nashville Skyline - Bob Dylan 0 0%
Irish Heartbeat - Van Morrison and The Chieftains 1 12.50%
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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After the two wonderful albums, John W Harding and Nashville Skyline, I was pretty disappointed by Self Portrait, which seemed to be pulling in too many different directions and was rather below his usual standard in terms of lyrics. But, as you say, one or two tracks are great.
Talking of Dylan`s voice, wasn`t he supposed to have a cold when he recorded one of those albums,and so sounded different ?

For the poll, I was tempted by JP`s Exuma, but have finally gone for Petula07`s Koder P Snor because it sounds so exotic.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
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After the two wonderful albums, John W Harding and Nashville Skyline, I was pretty disappointed by Self Portrait, which seemed to be pulling in too many different directions and was rather below his usual standard in terms of lyrics. But, as you say, one or two tracks are great.
Talking of Dylan`s voice, wasn`t he supposed to have a cold when he recorded one of those albums,and so sounded different?
According to Chronicles Vol.1, he chose to sang like that.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Oh well, another rumour bites the dust !
The next time you see Dylan, please ask him when the next volume of Chronicles is coming out.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have only heard the Valravn album from that list and love it so it is a little unfair to vote. I may check out the others as I itching to hear some new stuff at the moment although I am not much of a Dylan TBH.
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Old 07-23-2011, 03:13 AM   #15 (permalink)
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After the two wonderful albums, John W Harding and Nashville Skyline, I was pretty disappointed by Self Portrait, which seemed to be pulling in too many different directions and was rather below his usual standard in terms of lyrics. But, as you say, one or two tracks are great.
Talking of Dylan`s voice, wasn`t he supposed to have a cold when he recorded one of those albums,and so sounded different ?

For the poll, I was tempted by JP`s Exuma, but have finally gone for Petula07`s Koder P Snor because it sounds so exotic.
Most of the songs on Self Portait were not written by Dylan.
I love the opening cut "All the Tired Horses In The Sun"- vocals by a female chorous. the only lyrics are "All the tired horses in the sun, how am I supposed to get any ridin' done?"
When I first heard this I thought the second line was "How am I going to get any writting done" which would have been a nice excuse for not writing much on the album.
Other great gtrack: the country song "Gotta Travel On", soundtrack instrumental, "Wigwam" , folk ballad "Days of 49" & shlock "Send A Message to Marie"
Americana artiste Ryan adams (never got into his stuff at all, BTW) rates Self portrait as an "Americana" classic
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:33 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Most of the songs on Self Portait were not written by Dylan.
I love the opening cut "All the Tired Horses In The Sun"- vocals by a female chorous. the only lyrics are "All the tired horses in the sun, how am I supposed to get any ridin' done?".
Yes, Dylan gives us a lot more covers than he usually does, and you`re right, Tired Horses is a beautiful track; unlike anything else Dylan has done, as far as I know.

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When I first heard this I thought the second line was "How am I going to get any writting done" which would have been a nice excuse for not writing much on the album.
That never occured to me - it would`ve been quite clever !

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Other great gtrack: the country song "Gotta Travel On", soundtrack instrumental, "Wigwam" , folk ballad "Days of 49" & shlock "Send A Message to Marie"
Americana artiste Ryan adams (never got into his stuff at all, BTW) rates Self portrait as an "Americana" classic
Other tracks that work well for me are the obvious choices; Copper Kettle, Belle Isle and Early Morning Rain.
Though it comes from a different period, another excellent Americana cover by Bob is Shenandoah from "Down In The Groove."
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Well, there haven`t been any last-minute surprises at the polling station, so the winning album is:-

Passion, Grace and Fire by John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Paco de Lucia

Time to track down the album and give it a listen; next week we`ll open up a discussion thread.
In the meantime, new album nominations are welcome in the main FAIR club thread.
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:32 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Oh, joined a bit late, oh well. I have heard four of these, but I'm gonna look for Koder P Snor because it sounds really cool from Petula07's description. I'll give Passion Grace and Fire a relisten as well.
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