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Bob Dylan and The Band: The Basement Tapes Complete

The Bootleg Series Vol.11

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[6-CD box set cover]

6-CD 138-track box set with the "definitive chronicle" of the legendary 1967 recording sessions with Bob Dylan and The Band, containing "every salvageable recording" from the tapes. Includes recently discovered songs recorded in the "Red Room" of Dylan's home outside Woodstock.

The Band's Garth Hudson and Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust (who is the man behind the Levon and The Hawks box set project From Bacon Fat to Judgement Day) have restored deteriorating tapes to pristine sound, with much of the music preserved digitally for the first time. The performances are presented close to the way they were originally recorded and sounded back in the summer of 1967. The tracks on The Basement Tapes Complete run in mostly chronological order based on Garth Hudson's numbering system.

The Basement Tapes Complete, released in November 2014, constitutes Vol.11 in the Bob Dylan Bootleg Series. Other available versions of the material on The Bootleg Series Vol.11 are:

Editorial review: The Basement Tapes Complete

Copied from, August 2014.

The definitive chronicle of Dylan's legendary 1967 sessions with The Band:

  • Historic 6-disc set includes 138 tracks
  • Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes
  • Exclusive 120 page deluxe-bound book containing rare and unseen photographs and memorabilia
  • Extensive liner notes

Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes -- many found only recently -- this historic six-disc set is the definitive chronicle of the artist's legendary 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band.

Among Bob Dylan's many cultural milestones, the legendary Basement Tapes have long fascinated and enticed successive generations of musicians, fans and cultural critics alike. Having transformed music and culture during the early 1960s, Dylan reached unparalleled heights across 1965 and 1966 through the release of three historic albums, the groundbreaking watershed single "Like A Rolling Stone," a controversial and legendary 'electric' performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and wildly polarizing tours of the United States, Europe and the UK. Dylan's mercurial rise and prodigious utpouring of work during that decade came to an abrupt halt in July 1966 when he was reported to have been in a serious motorcycle accident.

Recovering from his injuries and away from the public eye for the first time in years, Dylan ensconced himself, along with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and, later, Levon Helm, in the basement of a small house, dubbed "Big Pink" by the group, in West Saugerties, New York. This collective recorded more than a hundred songs over the next several months including traditional covers, wry and humorous ditties, off-the cuff performances and, most important, dozens of newly-written Bob Dylan songs, including future classics "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," "This Wheel's On Fire" and "You Ain't Going Nowhere."

When rumors and rare acetates of some of these recordings began surfacing, it created a curiosity strong enough to fuel an entirely new segment of the music business: the bootleg record. In 1969, an album mysteriously titled Great White Wonder began showing up in record shops around the country, and Dylan's music from the summer of 1967 began seeping into the fabric of popular culture, penetrating the souls of music lovers everywhere. With each passing year, more and more fans sought out this rare contraband, desperate to hear this new music from the legendary Bob Dylan.

The actual recordings, however, remained commercially unavailable until 1975, when Columbia Records released a scant 16 of them on The Basement Tapes album (that album also included eight new songs by The Band, without Dylan).

A critical and popular success, The Basement Tapes went Top 10 in the US and UK.

Over the years, the songs on The Basement Tapes have haunted and perplexed fans, with the recordings themselves representing a Holy Grail for Dylanologists. What's on the rest of those reels?

The Basement Tapes Complete brings together, for the first time ever, every salvageable recording from the tapes including recently discovered early gems recorded in the "Red Room" of Dylan's home in upstate New York. Garth Hudson worked closely with Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust to restore the deteriorating tapes to pristine sound, with much of this music preserved digitally for the first time.

The decision was made to present The Basement Tapes Complete as intact as possible. Also, unlike the official 1975 release, these performances are presented as close as possible to the way they were originally recorded and sounded back in the summer of 1967. The tracks on The Basement Tapes Complete run in mostly chronological order based on Garth Hudson's numbering system.


Disc 1

  1. Edge of the Ocean
  2. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
  3. Roll on Train
  4. Mr. Blue
  5. Belshazzar
  6. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  7. You Win Again
  8. Still in Town
  9. Waltzing with Sin
  10. Big River (Take 1)
  11. Big River (Take 2)
  12. Folsom Prison Blues
  13. Bells of Rhymney
  14. Spanish is the Loving Tongue
  15. Under Control
  16. Ol' Roison the Beau
  17. I'm Guilty of Loving You
  18. Cool Water
  19. The Auld Triangle
  20. Po' Lazarus
  21. I'm a Fool for You (Take 1)
  22. I'm a Fool for You (Take 2

Disc 2

  1. Tupelo
  2. Kickin' My Dog Around
  3. See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 1)
  4. See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 2)
  5. Tiny Montgomery
  6. Big Dog
  7. I'm Your Teenage Prayer
  8. Four Strong Winds
  9. The French Girl (Take 1)
  10. The French Girl (Take 2)
  11. Joshua Gone Barbados
  12. I'm in the Mood
  13. Baby Ain't That Fine
  14. Rock, Salt and Nails
  15. A Fool Such As I
  16. Song for Canada
  17. People Get Ready
  18. I Don't Hurt Anymore
  19. Be Careful of Stones That You Throw
  20. One Man's Loss
  21. Lock Your Door
  22. Baby, Won't You be My Baby
  23. Try Me Little Girl
  24. I Can't Make it Alone
  25. Don't You Try Me Now

Disc 3

  1. Young but Daily Growing
  2. Bonnie Ship the Diamond
  3. The Hills of Mexico
  4. Down on Me
  5. One for the Road
  6. I'm Alright
  7. Million Dollar Bash (Take 1)
  8. Million Dollar Bash (Take 2)
  9. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Take 1)
  10. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Take 2)
  11. I'm Not There
  12. Please Mrs. Henry
  13. Crash on the Levee (Take 1)
  14. Crash on the Levee (Take 2)
  15. Lo and Behold! (Take 1)
  16. Lo and Behold! (Take 2)
  17. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Take 1)
  18. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Take 2)
  19. I Shall be Released (Take 1)
  20. I Shall be Released (Take 2)
  21. This Wheel's on Fire
  22. Too Much of Nothing (Take 1)
  23. Too Much of Nothing (Take 2)

Disc 4

  1. Tears of Rage (Take 1)
  2. Tears of Rage (Take 2)
  3. Tears of Rage (Take 3)
  4. Quinn the Eskimo (Take 1)
  5. Quinn the Eskimo (Take 2)
  6. Open the Door Homer (Take 1)
  7. Open the Door Homer (Take 2)
  8. Open the Door Homer (Take 3)
  9. Nothing Was Delivered (Take 1)
  10. Nothing Was Delivered (Take 2)
  11. Nothing Was Delivered (Take 3)
  12. All American Boy
  13. Sign on the Cross
  14. Odds and Ends (Take 1)
  15. Odds and Ends (Take 2)
  16. Get Your Rocks Off
  17. Clothes Line Saga
  18. Apple Suckling Tree (Take 1)
  19. Apple Suckling Tree (Take 2)
  20. Don't Ya Tell Henry
  21. Bourbon Street

Disc 5

  1. Blowin' in the Wind
  2. One Too Many Mornings
  3. A Satisfied Mind
  4. It Ain't Me, Babe
  5. Ain't No More Cane (Take 1)
  6. Ain't No More Cane (Take 2)
  7. My Woman She's A-Leavin'
  8. Santa-Fe
  9. Mary Lou, I Love You Too
  10. Dress it up, Better Have it All
  11. Minstrel Boy
  12. Silent Weekend
  13. What's it Gonna be When it Comes Up
  14. 900 Miles from My Home
  15. Wildwood Flower
  16. One Kind Favor
  17. She'll be Coming Round the Mountain
  18. It's the Flight of the Bumblebee
  19. Wild Wolf
  20. Goin' to Acapulco
  21. Gonna Get You Now
  22. If I Were A Carpenter
  23. Confidential
  24. All You Have to do is Dream (Take 1)
  25. All You Have to do is Dream (Take 2)

Disc 6

  1. 2 Dollars and 99 Cents
  2. Jelly Bean
  3. Any Time
  4. Down by the Station
  5. Hallelujah, I've Just Been Moved
  6. That's the Breaks
  7. Pretty Mary
  8. Will the Circle be Unbroken
  9. King of France
  10. She's on My Mind Again
  11. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
  12. On a Rainy Afternoon
  13. I Can't Come in with a Broken Heart
  14. Next Time on the Highway
  15. Northern Claim
  16. Love is Only Mine
  17. Silhouettes
  18. Bring it on Home
  19. Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies
  20. The Spanish Song (Take 1)
  21. The Spanish Song (Take 2)

Bob Dylan and The Band - The Basement Tapes Complete - 2014 - Legacy Records

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