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Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes

(2 LPs)

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A two-disc set of ad hoc performances from 1967, albeit refurbished slightly for this release, "The Basement Tapes" provides the missing link between Dylan's long, poetic songs of the mid 60s and the shorter, more direct songs of the late 60s. Some of the songs had already become well known: "Too Much of Nothing," "Tears of Rage," "This Wheel's on Fire," and "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere."
-- William Ruhlmann, All-Music Guide

Most of this music is selected from the many songs originally taped by Garth Hudson during the basement sessions with Dylan in Big Pink. A much more extensive collection of these songs can be found on the 5 CD (bootleg) set "The Genuine Basement Tapes Volumes 1-5". John Howells, the maintainer of the Bob Dylan "Bringing It All Back Home" WWW pages, has written a very good review of the "Genuine Basement Tapes Volumes 1 - 5".

In his book Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, Clinton Heylin is rather critical to the selection of songs used on this album, claiming that several of the tracks were not recorded during the basement sessions with Dylan.

Both Columbia and Sony have released The Basment Tapes as 2-CD sets. Remastered CDs (no bonus tracks) followed in March 2009, on the Legacy label.


1. Odds and Ends MPEG3-file (94K)
2. Orange Juice Blues MPEG3-file (94K)
3. Million Dollar Bash MPEG3-file (94K)
4. Yazoo Street Scandal MPEG3-file (94K)
5. Goin' to Acapulco MPEG3-file (94K)
6. Katie's Been Gone MPEG3-file (94K)
7. Lo and Behold MPEG3-file (94K)
8. Bessie Smith MPEG3-file (94K)
9. Clothes Line Saga MPEG3-file (94K)
10. Apple Suckling Tree MPEG3-file (94K)
11. Please, Mrs. Henry MPEG3-file (94K)
12. Tears of Rage MPEG3-file (94K)
13. Too Much of Nothing MPEG3-file (94K)
14. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread MPEG3-file (94K)
15. Ain't No More Cane MPEG3-file (94K)
16. Crash on the Levee MPEG3-file (94K)
17. Ruben Remus MPEG3-file (94K)
18. Tiny Montgomery MPEG3-file (94K)
19. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere MPEG3-file (94K)
20. Don't Ya Tell Henry MPEG3-file (94K)
21. Nothing Was Delivered MPEG3-file (94K)
22. Open the Door, Homer MPEG3-file (94K)
23. Long Distance Operator MPEG3-file (94K)
24. This Wheel's on Fire MPEG3-file (94K)


  • The Band
  • Bob Dylan, harmonica/vocal/guitar/keyboards

The Basement Tapes- Bob Dylan & The Band - (76:41) - 1975 - Columbia 33682
Double album in gatefold sleeve with notes by Greil Marcus.
Compact Disc (2 CDs): Columbia C2K-33682, Sony Mid-Price 4661372
Remastered CDs: Legacy 8869708229, 2009

AMG Rating: Best of Genre - Should be part of any collection

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