Dylan (1973 album)

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A painting of the profile of Bob Dylan's face with red, yellow, purple, and black stripes
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 1973 (1973-11-16)
  • April 24 & 26, 1969
  • June 1–4, 1970
GenreRock, folk rock
ProducerBob Johnston
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Dylan is an album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, which is made up of outtakes he recorded for earlier albums. Columbia Records compiled it with no input from Dylan and released it on November 16, 1973. The album followed the artist's departure from Columbia for Asylum Records, and the announcement of his first major tour since 1966. In Europe the album was released with the title A Fool Such as I.[1]

Composition and recording[edit]

The album is made up from studio outtakes from the previous Dylan releases Self Portrait and New Morning. The nine songs featured on the album consists of six cover songs and three traditional songs, adapted and arranged by Dylan. The first seven tracks were recorded in June 1970 during the New Morning sessions, the last two were recorded in April 1969 during the Self Portrait sessions.[2] The album features a different recording of "Spanish Is the Loving Tongue" than the version previously issued as the B-side of Dylan's 1971 single "Watching the River Flow".

The album cover was designed by art director John Berg. The original photograph featured on the album's front was shot by photographer Al Clayton. The serigraph was carried out by artist Richard Kenerson.[3]

Critical reception and reissues[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic1/5 stars [4]
Christgau's Record GuideE[5]
Entertainment WeeklyF[6]
Rolling Stone(unfavorable)[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1/5 stars[9]

Although Dylan received very poor reviews upon its release,[10] it managed to reach No.  17 in the U.S. and was certified gold by the RIAA. It became the first Bob Dylan album not to chart in the UK, where his albums generally charted higher than in the U.S.[11][12]

Dylan was the only Columbia Dylan album not to be reissued on compact disc in the North American market, until 2013 when it was included in the Complete Album Collection box set.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Lily of the West"traditionalJune 3, 19703:44
2."Can't Help Falling in Love"George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi CreatoreJune 3, 19704:17
3."Sarah Jane"traditionalJune 1, 19702:43
4."The Ballad of Ira Hayes"Peter LaFargeJune 1, 19705:08
Side two
1."Mr. Bojangles"Jerry Jeff WalkerJune 2, 19705:31
2."Mary Ann"traditionalJune 2, 19702:40
3."Big Yellow Taxi"Joni MitchellJune 4, 19702:12
4."A Fool Such as I"Bill TraderApril 26, 19692:41
5."Spanish Is the Loving Tongue"Billy Simon, Charles Badger ClarkApril 24, 19694:13


  1. ^ Olof Bjorner About Bob website 1969 session pages retrieved 26 September 2013.
  2. ^ "DYLAN". Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  3. ^ Dylan|The Official Bob Dylan Site
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Dylan at AllMusic
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: D". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  6. ^ Flanagan, Bill (1991-03-29). "Entertainment Weekly review". Ew.com. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  7. ^ Landau, Jon (November 19, 1973). "Bob Dylan Dylan album review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  8. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 371. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; with Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York, NY: Fireside. p. 262. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved August 22, 2015.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  10. ^ Robert Shelton, 1986. No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan. New York: William Morrow and Co., p. 428. ISBN 068805045X
  11. ^ UK chart history website retrieved 26 September 2013.
  12. ^ Expecting Rain website Dylan US chart history retrieved 26 September 2013.
  13. ^ Michael Gray, 2006. The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. London: Continuum International, p. 194. ISBN 0826469337