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Bob Dylan and The Band - The Basement Tapes RIAA Certified Gold! Click here to see this CD at!

By Sam Sutherland

The Basement Tapes can be heard as a manifesto for the '90s' underlying Americana agenda or as the greatest album never intended for commercial release. Homegrown 1967 recordings taped in the Band's fabled Big Pink hermitage in Saugerties, New York, many of the 24 songs resonated across American and English rock and folk long before their belated 1975 release through studio interpretations by the Byrds, Fairport Convention, Manfred Mann, Peter, Paul & Mary, and numerous other acolytes, as well as through myriad unauthorized bootlegs. Good as the covers were, Dylan and the Band rolled their own with an extraordinary coherence that sounds only more authentic in these rough-hewn, intimate, always musical performances, which dovetail with Dylan's stark John Wesley Harding and the Band's stunning debut, Music from Big Pink as well as the presciently lo-fi The Band. At a time when most rock culture was entranced with its post-atomic origins, these songs sounded timeless, plunging into pre-industrial folk, turn of the (20th) century barrelhouse and blues, and crackling, vintage rock & roll excursions with offhand verve and a thrilling disregard for what was hip. Time has only reinforced their visionary power.

1. Odds and Ends13. Too Much of Nothing
2. Orange Juice Blues (Blues for Breakfast)14. Yea Heavy and a Bottle of Bread
3. Million Dollar Bash15. Ain't No More Cane
4. Yazoo Street Scandal16. Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)
5. Goin' to Acapulco17. Ruben Remus
6. Katie's Been Gone18. Tiny Montgomery
7. Lo and Behold19. You Ain't Going Nowhere
8. Bessie Smith20. Don't Ya Tell Henry
9. Clothesline Saga21. Nothing Was Delivered
10. Apple Suckling Tree22. Open the Door, Homer
11. Please, Mrs. Henry23. Long Distance Operator
12. Tears of Rage24. This Wheel's on Fire


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"Since I acquired the Basement Tapes a couple of years ago, let me just say it felt like home, and when you boil away all the bullshit and pretense of most of the music the last number of years, pull out the euphemisms; breath of fresh air, yadda yadda, whatever. This is uncompromising REAL music, and the fact that it was never even intended for release speaks volumes for its uncorrupted honesty. Sure, it's raw, and unfinished so to speak, maybe a little rough around the edges, but deal with it. Correction, just listen to it and enjoy."


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Artist: Bob Dylan

Released: June 26, 1975

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Gold

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