Dylan recorded this 18th century English folk song during sessions for his 1970 album 'Self Portrait'
An unreleased Bob Dylan track from 1970, ‘Pretty Saro’, has been made available online with a new video. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch it.
‘Pretty Saro’ is a cover of an 18th century English folk song. Dylan apparently recorded it six times during sessions for his ‘Self Portrait’ album in March, 1970, but it didn’t make the final tracklisting.
The track has been locked up in record label Columbia’ s vaults ever since, Rolling Stone reports. It will finally be released on August 27 on the ‘Another Self Portrait’ boxset, a compilation of songs Dylan cut for his ‘Nashville Skyline’, ‘Self Portrait’ and ‘New Morning’ albums.
‘Pretty Saro’ comes backed by a video by filmmaker Jennifer Lebeau which features carefully-selected images from the Farm Security Administration stored at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Explaining how she made the video, Lebeau told Rolling Stone that she went through approximately 1,200 photos from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s before picking the handful that best represented the song.
“His vocal delivery is so haunting,” she explained. “I wanted to be able to visually represent that sort of unrequited love in a world that seems like it should be sad, but the people are always happy and fine.”