Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series, Volume 11: The Basement Tapes Complete - Audio CD

Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series, Volume 11: The Basement Tapes Complete - Audio CD

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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 outpouring 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 
11. Big River 
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 
22. I'm a Fool for You 
DISC 2: 
1. Johnny Todd 
2. Tupelo 
3. Kickin' My Dog Around 
4. See You Later Allen Ginsberg 
5. See You Later Allen Ginsberg 
6. Tiny Montgomery 
7. Big Dog 
8. I'm Your Teenage Prayer 
9. Four Strong Winds 
10. The French Girl 
11. The French Girl 
12. Joshua Gone Barbados 
13. I'm in the Mood 
14. Baby Ain't That Fine 
15. Rock, Salt and Nails 
16. A Fool Such As I 
17. Song for Canada 
18. People Get Ready 
19. I Don't Hurt Anymore 
20. Be Careful of Stones That You Throw 
21. One Man's Loss 
22. Lock Your Door 
23. Baby, Won't You be My Baby 
24. Try Me Little Girl 
25. I Can't Make it Alone 
26. 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 
8. Million Dollar Bash 
9. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread 
10. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread 
11. I'm Not There 
12. Please Mrs. Henry 
13. Crash on the Levee 
14. Crash on the Levee 
15. Lo and Behold! 
16. Lo and Behold! 
17. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere 
18. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere 
19. I Shall be Released 
20. I Shall be Released 
21. This Wheel's on Fire 
22. Too Much of Nothing 
23. Too Much of Nothing 
DISC 4: 
1. Tears of Rage 
2. Tears of Rage 
3. Tears of Rage 
4. Quinn the Eskimo 
5. Quinn the Eskimo 
6. Open the Door Homer 
7. Open the Door Homer 
8. Open the Door Homer 
9. Nothing Was Delivered 
10. Nothing Was Delivered 
11. Nothing Was Delivered 
12. All American Boy 
13. Sign on the Cross 
14. Odds and Ends 
15. Odds and Ends 
16. Get Your Rocks Off 
17. Clothes Line Saga 
18. pple Suckling Tree 
19. pple Suckling Tree 
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 
6. Ain't No More Cane 
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 
25. All You Have to do is Dream 
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 
21. The Spanish Song

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