Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Basement Tapes Raw & Complete

























On November 4, 2014, Bob Dylan will finally release the legendary Basement Tapes sessions in their entirety: 138 tracks on six CDs, including 30 tracks that even fanatical Dylan fans never knew existed.

Titled The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, the collection is credited to Bob Dylan and the Band.

For those who are unfamiliar with that era in Dylan history, here’s some context: After a few years as one of pop’s most significant voices in the ’60s, Dylan took a break in July of 1966, when he was reported to have been injured in a motorcycle accident.

Dylan retreated to upstate New York, where he recorded lots of new music 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. Their recordings included traditional covers as well as dozens of newly written Bob Dylan songs.

Below, stream an alternate take of the original "Odds and Ends" that appears on both the six-disc The Basement Tapes Complete and the two-disc The Basement Tapes Raw , a slimmed-down collection of highlights. MORE HERE, HERE & HERE

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