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The Basement Tapes (1975) Bob Dylan & the Band

The Basement Tapes (1975) Bob Dylan & The Band

In July 1966, while riding through upstate New York, Bob Dylan suffered a debilitating motorcycle accident (still viewed by many as a pivotal point of his career). Recuperating in his home in Woodstock he was joined by members of his backing band, The Hawks, later known as The Band (Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm) where they recorded more than 100 tracks together —  at least 30 of them originals. In 1975 Dylan gave his permission to release a two album set of the songs (The Basement Tapes) which ostensibly gave way to a new genre of recordings, the bootleg tapes (Great White Wonder — the first bootleg release of the material).

Now you can hear the magic of the entire Basement Tape sessions with Bob Dylan & The Band:The Basement Tapes Complete, over 100 songs recorded over the span of a few months (6 CD set), released in the raw, warts and all!


Bob Dylan & The Band The Basement Tapes Complete

Bob Dylan & The Band The Basement Tapes Complete

The New Basement Tapes

The New Basement Tapes

Experience the modern-day version of The Basement Tapes with the masterful T Bone Burnett at the helm, and a band composed of some of today’s most talented musicians – Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford.

Bob Dylan generously handed over 30 never before seen lyrics from that legendary 1967 period. T Bone Burnett and the band created the accompanying music which spawned the amazing Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes.  As Burnett explains, “What transpired during those two weeks was amazing for all of us. There was a deep well of generosity and support in the studio at all times, which reflected the tremendous trust and generosity shown by Bob in sharing these lyrics with us in the first place.”

Below is one of my favorite cuts, though the record as a whole is utterly magnificent which made it nearly impossible to select a favorite.

Yes, that is Johhny Depp who sat in for Elvis Costello while he sauntered over to Las Vegas for a gig.

While researching this post I stumbled upon this diddy of taped conversations (Jan 1971) between Bob Dylan and A. J. Weberman regarding an article Weberman was about to release to every under ground newspaper. It made me fall in love with Bob Dylan all over again.

Stay tuned for Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, a documentary by Sam Jones airing Nov. 21 on Showtime.


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