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A tossed-off vibe, a complete lack of focus and continuity, and poor fidelity: doesn't sound like a recipe for a rock-era touchstone, does it? Yet these elements are exactly what give The Basement Tapes its considerable charm. Recorded in the summer of 1967 at the "Big Pink" house near Woodstock, N.Y., this set captures Dylan and The Band woodshedding, bouncing ideas off the walls and each other. Steeped in traditional American roots music, these 24 tracks have the feel of a laid-back song swap. Though many of the tracks here are silly, sarcastic, or just downright weird, some display an elegance, beauty, and gravity that add much-needed balance. Songs like "Tears of Rage," "This Wheel's on Fire," and "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" would later become beloved classics, but even the lesser-known cuts ("Bessie Smith," "Katie's Been Gone") here are stirring and memorable.

Customer Reviews

Tsk Tsk....

Let me first of all say that this collection pales in comparison to the actual 108 tracks that were recorded in these sessions. Monumental. There have been a number of books devoted to this period of time in Bob's life and I still read articles and such that speculate what Dylan was doing in Woodstock and why he " went into hiding". A Tree with Roots is the counterpart to this set of songs. All of which songs in the Tree With Roots are un mastered, original Reel-to-Reel recordings. If you like this album here, then go out in search of a Tree With Roots. Hard to find, but worth the hunt. I had to order mine from Japan and it cost me 150, but it was well worth it, so only if you are serious. But until you decide to go all the way, this should be enough to tide your hunger.

Lo And Behold!

There's no better way to start your morning than with Canadian hillbillies and a shape-shifter coming together underneath a house for the sole purpose of reinventing the public domain.

Only 2 Reviews?

its a great album & deserves more comment. I own the original Album/Record version. Even though like no one knows these songs there all amazing


Born: May 24, 1941 in Duluth, MN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bob Dylan's influence on popular music is incalculable. As a songwriter, he pioneered several different schools of pop songwriting, from confessional singer/songwriter to winding, hallucinatory, stream-of-consciousness narratives. As a vocalist, he broke down the notion that a singer must have a conventionally good voice in order to perform, thereby redefining the vocalist's role in popular music. As a musician, he sparked several genres of pop music, including electrified folk-rock and country-rock....
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