The Basement Tapes
Bob Dylan & the Band

Label: Columbia
Duration: 1:17:20
Genre: Folk

"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. --Sam Sutherland

Odds and Ends1:47
Orange Juice Blues (Blues For Breakfast)3:39
Million Dollar Bash2:32
Yazoo Street Scandal3:29
Going To Acapulco5:26
Katie's Been Gone2:46
Lo And Behold2:46
Bessie Smith4:18
Clothes Line Saga2:58
Apple Suckling Tree2:48
Please, Mrs. Henry2:31
Tears Of Rage4:15
Too Much Of Nothing3:04
Yea! Heavy And A Bottle Of Bread2:15
Ain't No More Cane3:58
Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood)2:04
Ruben Remus3:16
Tiny Montgomery2:47
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere2:42
Don't Ya Tell Henry3:13
Nothing Was Delivered4:23
Open The Door, Homer2:49
Long Distance Operator3:39
This Wheel's on Fire3:52
Original Release: 1975-07-01
Composer: B. Dylan, Bob Dylan
Arranged By:
Producer: Bob Dylan
UPC: 74643368223, 821797208260, 5099746613723, 74643368247