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Robert Allyn & The Crackers: Rhyme Beyond Reason

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This is a new bootleg CD of Basement Tapes selections. The insert has Elliot Landy pictures of Dylan & The Hawks taken at the same spot.The front has them as Robert Allyn & The Crackers, the rear as Bob Dylan & The Hawks.

Why a new and incomplete selection at this point in time? The compilers say it's "Fourteen lesser known cuts from the Basement Tapes edited and sequenced into a plausible album format. Plus ten more shortlisted for this project."

So it's a fan's personal mixtape of the Basement Tapes, and you'd have to argue that "You Ain't Going Nowhere" is hardly a lesser-known track. The others are.

The starting point You Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Around is a novel place to begin but works very well with Dylan exhorting the Hawks to find harmonies. I would say Garth is there on the "Bark Bark Bark" chorus too. The sequence is quite inspired bringing a new angle. All American Boy leaps out as far more intersting than I'd ever thought it, and seques into I'm Your Teenage Prayer with them taking the piss out of early 60s rock groups. I'd never noticed before them breaking up when Richard's response to "I'm Your Teenage Prayer" near the end is "I'm Your Teenage Hair." It focuses on songs which have Hawks background comments and calls and build up the atmosphere of having a ball. And it's a very clean version of the songs too. I'm glad I bought this, even though I have a shelf of basement versions.

--Peter Viney


  1. You Gotta Quit Kickin' My Dog Aroun'
  2. All American Boy
  3. I'm Your Teenage Prayer
  4. Folsom Prison Blues
  5. Get Your Rocks Off
  6. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
  7. Odds and Ends
  8. The Spanish Song
  9. Johnny Todd
  10. I Forgot To Remember To Forget
  11. Banks of The Royal Canal
  12. Joshua Gone Barbados
  13. Four Strong Winds
  14. Sign On The Cross
  15. Interval
  16. Yea! Heavy and A Bottle of Bread
  17. Crash on the Levee
  18. Lo and Behold
  19. Tears of Rage
  20. The Mighty Quinn
  21. Nothing Was Delivered
  22. (Be Careful Of) The Stones That You Throw
  23. Rock, Saly & Nails
  24. A Fool Such As I
  25. I'm Not There (1956)

Robert Allyn & The Crackers - Rhyme Beyond Reason - 2010 - Ashes & Sand AAS-21

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