Here is the concept of the original 10CD set. The order on the
GBT series is
unsatisfactory (and the way the bootleggers missed out Band tracks and
even one Dylan track), and I preferred the order on the original tapes. Of
course the order on the tapes is not the reel order either so with the help
of Invisible Republic /
Heylin it is possible to work out a very rough reel
order. It got too hard for reels 5-7 so they are just lumped together (these
are the mostly original basement tracks anyway, and they sit nicely
together). As you all know the details of the reels is sketchy at best, so
at times just rough 74min groupings are used. An overriding principle was to
preserve the reel order.
Somewhere along the line it was realised that the 'historical artifacts'
associated with the Basements were not represented, so the 14 song Acetate
disk needed to be added. Then of course the alternate takes were not
represented either, so the '20 song Acetate disk' was added . I know that
this completly duplicated the '14 song Acetate', but the 14 song one was the
acetate that was very special, and deserved a disk in it's own right!. The
Publisher's demos were different again. Different tracks and different
mixes. So these were added to this set as well. Finally, there were all
those 'mostly Band' tracks that had emerged over the years, so they are just
assembled onto a misc CD (#10).
In the time since this 'fan project' was completed, there have been a couple
of other 'Basement' releases, one a 5 CDR set, nice quality, but lacking
many tracks (..almost nothing from reel 1) emerged, and more recently the
'Tree with Roots' emerged. These have been carefully compared as well,
and where appropriate, tracks were upgraded to the original 10CD set.
Recently, someone else seems to have gotten hold of this set and and thinks
that there were some other missing tracks (I'm not particually convinced
that reel 11 contains any new basement tracks at all...) and added these
tracks to reel #11.
--from rec.music.dylan, August 2001.