Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' Expanded Six-CD Set Hits November 4
August 26, 2014 at 12:51 PM (PT)
BOB DYLAN and THE BAND's legendary 1967 "The Basement Tapes" is getting the deluxe treatment from COLUMBIA RECORDS/LEGACY RECORDINGS, with a six-CD set to arrive NOVEMBER 4th.
"BOB DYLAN's The Basement Tapes Complete The Bootleg Series Vol 11" was compiled from meticulously restored original tapes -- many found only recently. The six-disc set is being touted as "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."
There will also be a two-disc version of highlights from the deluxe edition released on the same day, while a three-LP set will be available on 180-gram vinyl.
The legendary album followed a period of intense activity for DYLAN, which came to an abrupt halt in JULY 1966 when he was reported to have been in a serious motorcycle accident in upstate NEW YORK.
Recovering from his injuries and away from the public eye for the first time in years, DYLAN ensconced himself, along with ROBBIE ROBERTSTON, 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, NY -- not far from WOODSTOCK. 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 DYLAN songs, including future classics "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," "This Wheel's On Fire" and "You Ain't Going Nowhere."
The actual recordings, however, remained commercially unavailable until 1975, when COLUMBIA RECORDS released 16 of them on "The Basement Tapes" album (that album also included eight new songs by THE BAND, without DYLAN).
Over the years, the songs on "The Basement Tapes" have haunted and perplexed fans, with the recordings themselves representing a Holy Grail for DYLAN completists.
"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.
This new edition of the album will be preceded by the NOVEMBER 11th release of "Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes" on T BONE BURNETT's ELECTROMAGNETIC RECORDINGS through CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP's HARVEST RECORDS label. This release sets some of DYLAN's lost "Basement Tapes" lyrics to new recordings by ELVIS COSTELLO, JIM JAMES, MARCUS MUMFORD, RHIANNON GIDDENS and DAWES' TAYLOR GOLDSMITH. A SAM JONES-directed documentary about the recording sessions, "Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued," will air on SHOWTIME NOVEMBER 21st.
BOB DYLAN and his Band will be touring NORTH AMERICA this FALL. Check bobdylan.com for details on AUGUST 27th.
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