Much has been made of Columbia's epic failure to release the Americana juggernaut The Basement Tapes -- Bob Dylan and The Band's prodigious output of music recorded in Woodstock, NY in 1967. Well, that is all about to change in early November as that label's Legacy imprint finally gets it right.
These songs were first heard on a 1968 bootleg called The Great White Wonder and unlike the previous releases of The Basement Tapes, which featured some tracks overdubbed by former band guitarist Robbie Robertson, these tracks have been meticulously restored for the first time from newly found original tape sources. That in itself is an interesting story. Make no mistake, this six-disc set is the definitive chronicle of Dylan's legendary 1967 sessions with The Band.
Yes, that's right, Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 is set for a November 4th release by Columbia/Legacy! Ring Them Bells!!! Or if you prefer, one can order a special double-disc collection, The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 Presents Highlights From The Basement Tapes Complete.
You can pre-order The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 at Amazon right now and have it in time for Thanksgiving. No doubt a festive experience for any music fan, young or old.
Once you've bought either collection, remember, "you ain't going nowhere." - Dusty Wright
Mr. Wright is a content creator and culture curator. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post, former DJ at David Lynch's Transcendental Music Radio, the former editor-in-chief of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and television. He's also a singer/songwriter who has released four solo CDs and one with folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was a William Morris agent.