Today’s random SOTD, ‘Wigwam,’ appeared on Bob Dylan’s 1970 album Self Portrait, considered by many the worst release of his career.
The version posted today is from The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969–1971), a compilation featuring alternate tracks from Self Portrait and its follow-up from the same year, the much better received New Morning.
The new tracks do away with excessive overdubs and correct other lamentable production decisions, unearthing the far more promising album buried beneath the original Self Portrait.
Today’s track didn’t require much tampering. It is stripped down, but doesn’t sound all that different from the original (which was the only single from the album).
I know this song not from Self Portrait, but from its inclusion in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, during a pair of charming scenes toward the middle of the film.
Here’s the movie clip, followed by the rereleased version of the song.
The notable difference between the original and the stripped down version is the inclusion of horns in the original, which I kinda think adds more interest to the song.