15 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Overseen by producer T Bone Burnett, Lost on the River features a recently discovered stash of unfinished Bob Dylan lyrics from the 1967 Basement Tapes era at Big Pink in upstate New York. Dylan’s publisher offered them to Burnett, who assembled Elvis Costello, The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, and Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford to compose and play music to Dylan’s words. Sessions were held in a professional recording studio, and the roots-based songs vary, depending on where the lead vocalist takes the material.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Overseen by producer T Bone Burnett, Lost on the River features a recently discovered stash of unfinished Bob Dylan lyrics from the 1967 Basement Tapes era at Big Pink in upstate New York. Dylan’s publisher offered them to Burnett, who assembled Elvis Costello, The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, and Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford to compose and play music to Dylan’s words. Sessions were held in a professional recording studio, and the roots-based songs vary, depending on where the lead vocalist takes the material.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
45 Ratings
45 Ratings
Hey,Peter

I Hate The People Who Packaged This

I love the music here but I'm giving it only one star because there is no booklet and if any album deserved to have a lyric and credit sheet its this one. How could they overlook this! This is the type of thing that is pushing me back to buying CDs

Stratcat31

Bring back liner notes on all albums!!

I only got a free track through a Starbucks card, but Hey, Peter makes a good point. I love the convenience of buying albums on iTunes, but Apple needs to make liner notes standard on all albums. If the artist cares enough to include them with a physical CD, they should be here as well.

your grandfather

Absolutely amazing

From the first utterances of the band laying down the groove, followed by Jim James' reverb-laden voice on "Down on the Bottom," I was immediately hooked. I think T Bone Burnett has perfected the art of producing an album that seems to travel through time with the listener. Immediately, I feel as if Dylan himself is playing this music, at least somewhere in there.
So many good tracks follow. I've never been a fan of Mumford & Sons, but Marcus Mumford truly is a standout on this album. "Kansas City" and "Stranger" are among the best cuts on the album for me. Mumford sings with a sort of vintage depth, complementing Burnett's producing here.
Of course, a great band rounds out this album. Jay Bellerose once again kills it on the drums. His use of vintage gear and his sense of touch really are instrumental in recreating that old-world sound. And holy crap, Johnny Depp plays guitar on a track. Who'da thought?
Anyway, this is totally worth the purchase. I can't get any of it out of my head, and you won't either.

About The New Basement Tapes

The New Basement Tapes is the name given to the studio collective assembled by T-Bone Burnett to set discarded and discovered Bob Dylan lyrics from 1967 to music and record. Upon their discovery in the fall of 2013, Dylan's publisher approached Burnett with the job of turning the handwritten manuscripts into songs, and he set about assembling a cast of sympathetic souls to put the words to music. He hired his Coward Brothers partner Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, and Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops to write and perform the material (drummer Jay Bellerose anchored the proceedings), which was cut during the early months of 2014. The resulting Lost on the River appeared in November of 2014, accompanied by a Showtime documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, which told the tale of the project. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
FORMED
2013

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