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Audio: Mono LPs - Self Portrait

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Nashville Skyline 1969
Nashville Skyline
(1969)
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This new page is one of a set listing the mono releases of regular Bob Dylan LPs that were created from the regular stereo mix by combining the left and right channels, not specially engineered for mono. New Morning was the last Dylan album to be released in mono, in Brazil only. The last US mono album was John Wesley Harding, and the last European mono album was Nashville Skyline. These LPs are eligible for inclusion on this site because the mono versions of these Dylan songs are now unavailable on CD. (The first eight Dylan albums were released on CD in mono as The Original Mono Recordings in 2010. For full details of the set, see here.) Mono LPs with rare tracks (e.g. mono versions with significant differences from the album tracks, such as different mixes, edits or fades) are listed in the main chronological pages. Mono singles up to 1976 have their own pages, see the links above.

For stereo releases of this album, see International Album Releases (Regular).

New Morning 1970
New Morning
(1970)
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Revised: 17 January, 2017.


"Autorretrato [Self Portrait]" - mono vinyl LP, CBS CL-5309 (Mexico), 1970:

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CBS CL-5309 (Mexico) - front scan by Hans Seegers (mono release)
This album is an oddity, because it consists of Record 2 of Self Portrait only. This and the Brazilian 2LP set above are the only worldwide mono releases of Self Portrait. The song titles are given in Spanish and English on the rear sleeve and the record labels, but the English album title does not appear.
CBS CL-5309 (Mexico) - detail of front, scan by Gerd Rundel (mono release)
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CBS CL-5309/CLS-5309 (Mexico) - rear scan by Hans Seegers (both stereo and mono releases)
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CBS CL-5309 (Mexico) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers (mono release, variant 1)

CBS CL-5309 (Mexico) - detail of Side 2, scan by Hans Seegers (mono release, variant 1, "message")

CBS CL-5309/CLS 5309 (Mexico) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (both stereo and mono releases)

CBS CL-5309 (Mexico) - Side 1 scan by Gerd Rundel (mono release, variant 2)

CBS CL-5309 (Mexico) - detail of Side 1, scan by Gerd Rundel (mono release, variant 2 - variant 1 is similar)

CBS CL-5309 (Mexico) - Side 2 scan by Gerd Rundel (mono release, variant 2)

CBS CL-5309 (Mexico) - detail of Side 2, scan by Gerd Rundel (mono release, variant 2, "Message")


CBS CL-5309/CLS-5309 (Mexico) - detail of rear, scan by Gerd Rundel (both stereo and mono releases)

The front sleeve also lists two Spanish-translated song titles which had been released as stereo EPs in Mexico: Cabaña De Indios [Wigwam] and Luna Azul [Blue Moon]. For these see US & International 7" Singles & EPs 1970. The front sleeve has a unique design with a border, which is cut off at the bottom on the stereo sleeve because of the white top stereo panel, but which surrounds all four side on the mono sleeve. The rear sleeve is the same for both releases, and has both mono and stereo catalogue numbers. Hans Seegers has been looking since 1970 to see if there was a separate Mexican release of Record 1, but has not been able to find it.

The record has orange CBS labels with two variants. The song titles are in Spanish and English - Copper Kettle is wrongly translated as "Caldera De Acero [Steel Kettle]". The correct translation is "Caldera De Cobre" as on the 1970 Spanish stereo single, see again US & International 7" Singles & EPs 1970. Gerd Rundel's copy has a slight difference on the Side 2 record label - track 1 is listed as "Take a Message to Mary", whereas on Hans' Side 2 label it's listed as "Take a message to Mary". The colour difference is probably just due to the age of the labels, which are noticeably faded round the edges on Gerd's copy. The record of Gerd's copy has handwritten matrix numbers: Side 1 - 02-11-8182-1A, Side 2 - 02-11-8183-1A.

For the stereo version of this release, see International Albums (Regular).

Thanks to Hans Seegers and Gerd Rundel for information and scans.


"Self Portrait" - mono vinyl 2LP set, CBS 37680/1 (Brazil), Jun 1970:


CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - front photograph by Martin Frandsen


CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - rear scan by Hans Seegers


CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - inside of gatefold sleeve, photograph by Martin Frandsen


CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - detail of rear, scan by Hans Seegers

CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - Side 1 with promo stamp, scan by Hans Seegers

CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - Side 1 without promo stamp, scan by Hans Seegers


CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - Side 2 scan by Hans Seegers


CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - Side 3 with promo stamp, scan by Hans Seegers

CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - detail of Side 3 with promo stamp, scan by Hans Seegers

CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - Side 3 without promo stamp, scan by Hans Seegers

CBS 37680/1 (Brazil) - Side 4 scan by Hans Seegers

This is a unique item, as the album was released everywhere else in the world in stereo only, apart from the Mexican single LP release above. Hans Seegers has both the commercial release and a promo release stamped "AMOSTRA INVENDAVEL" on one label of each of the records and the inside cover. Keith Venturoni has a copy and claims it is actually in stereo! The catalogue number on the records is just "37680" and each side has the US stereo matrix number. If the set is in mono, I assume this is because it is a stereo-to-mono reduction.

Thanks to Martin Frandsen and Hans Seegers for information and pictures.


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Nashville Skyline 1969
Nashville Skyline
(1969)

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Self Portrait
(1970)

New Morning 1970
New Morning
(1970)

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