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Basement Tapes (2CD)

Bob Dylan Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Odds And Ends
2. Orange Juice Blues (Blues For Breakfast)
3. Million Dollar Bash
4. Yazoo Street Scandel
5. Goin' To Acapulco
6. Katie's Been Gone
7. Lo And Behold!
8. Bessie Smith
9. Clothes Line Saga
10. Apple Suckling Tree
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Disc: 2
1. Too Much Of Nothing
2. Yea! Heavy And A Bottle Of Bread
3. Ain't No More Cane
4. Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood)
5. Ruben Remus
6. Tiny Montgomery
7. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
8. Don't Ya Tell Henry
9. Nothing Was Delivered
10. Open The Door, Homer
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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars How does it feel to be Bob? Jan. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
How would it feel for any artist to be told that his best work, his most profound statement, his most mysteriously compelling, enduring, penetrating and memorable compositions, the stuff that people write whole BOOKS about are a bunch of throw away sketches that he never intended to show anyone? It would drive me nuts! Here I work to craft real albums and spend real money to record them with great sound quality and the public wants this garbage that I literally threw together in my spare time. It boggles the mind!
Poor Bob. But I'll tell you what; I put the Basement Tapes among the greatest rock albums of all time, right up there with the Who's Next, the Beatles White album and The Dark Side of the Moon. Yes but why? Why, why, why?
It's hard to put my finger on but the answer lies in the mood that these recordings create, a feeling that few if any modern day city folk or automobile enslaved rurals get to feel anymore. Picture no TV, no canned music, no supermalls. Nothing to do but get with the boys to sit around the stove at the General Store, drink whiskey and spit tobaccy juice. These songs seem to come from an age when people had to make their own entertainment, create their own fun. And when you entertain yourselves it's much more entertaining than all the CDs at Amazon.com. I haven't felt that way since I was a kid and I miss it.
That's the feeling that these home made practice sessions evoke for me. That's what makes the Basement Tapes a work of art that really speaks to people accustomed to road rage and computer crashes. Get the Columbia five CD set when it comes out... If Bob ever gets around to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An idea for Dylan fanatics July 1 2004
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The Band were a pretty fine, er, band...and even better when Bob brought out their talent like he did. But here's something I finally did for myself (besides obtaining the "Genuine BTs"). From this commercial release, I put all the songs where Dylan sings onto one disc. The result is so pleasing: 46+ minutes worth of fun I call "The Only-Bob Basement Tapes." It's way better than often skipping to his stuff track-to-track anyway -- Bob Dylan's "stuff" being just too magical to always sit alongside The Band's studio takes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The original Unplugged...yea, heavy! Dec 31 2005
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So much has been written about the Basement Tapes, that, until Columbia Records finally wises up and releases what they didn't in 1975 (as "The Bootleg Series, Volume Eight," let's say...) nobody will ever be able to truly grasp what makes this music so special. True, here we have twenty four songs by Dylan and The Band (or just The Band) that equal, if not surpass, "Blonde On Blonde" for sheer genius. You have to consider that, with a lot of these songs, they were IMPROVISING. Sometimes it shows, but most times...bottom line, The Basement Tapes only emphasize just how amazing a songwriter and performer Bob Dylan is, and how great The Band was. The Basement Tapes, "Music From Big Pink" and "The Band" was Robertson and cohorts musical peak (By the time of The Last Waltz, they were merely a shadow of their former selves.)
First off, just for the sake of historical context, as far as this "Official" album is concerned, ignore the eight solo Band tracks (even though their reading of "Ain't No More Cane" stands as one of their most quintessential performances...for anyone who has never heard what made these guys so great, listen to that song!) and focus on Dylan's own songs. Basically you have the ridiculous and the sublime going on here, sometimes simultaneously ("Odds And Ends"; "Clothesline Saga", which as most of us know by now was intended as a parody of the song "Ode To Billy Joe"; "Apple Suckling Tree"; "Yea! Heavy And A Bottle Of Bread") and some of the tracks are simply transcendent ("Goin' To Acapulco"; "This Wheel's On Fire" -superior to The Band's own version-;"Too Much Of Nothing".)These songs all need to be heard to be believed; mere words can not do them justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best rock n roll has to offer... Jan. 17 2004
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Call me crazy, but for my money, this is the best rock n roll album of all time. It nudges out more obvious choices ("Abbey Road," "Revolver," "Exile on Main Street") and more cult-classic picks ("Pet Sounds," the first two Big Star albums, London Calling), and even tops the Dylan catalog so far as I am concerned. Why? For one thing, it's raw, real, and gritty, something all too lacking in many mainstream rock releases. For another, it's got a sense of humor. Again, all too rare in post-Beatles rock, where the serious side of angst gets explored ad nauseum. For me, this is everything that the Beatles "Get Back" sessions should have been but weren't. It's a band goofing off, having fun, not trying to impress anyone, being quirky and downright weird at times. It's got all the down-home feel of the blues and early rock, with deep insight and wit. Have doubts? Listen to "Bessie Smith"- a timeless classic that says more in a few lines than many authors say throughout the course of whole novels. So what are you waiting for-- if this isn't in your collection, you are missing out, my friend. Missing out.
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When the Basement Tapes were officially released in 1975 (bootlegs from these sessions date back to 1968), the public discovered that Blonde On Blonde was not the final masterpiece of Bob Dylan's sixties peak. Dylan could do just about no wrong during this period and when he retreated to upstate New York, joined-up with his one-time touring band and simply kicked-back and jammed, another classic album erupted.
The laid-back atmosphere definitely had an effect on Dylan. The songwriter has rarely sounded looser, freer or more excited. He surveys traditional American blues and folk, creating clever, funny and unique versions of such staples as the traveling song ("Lo and Behold," "Goin' to Acapulco"), the humdrum ballad ("Clothes Line Saga") and the portrait of a crazy character or scene ("Tiny Montgomery," "Million Dollar Bash"). Dylan sobers-up on the apocalyptic "This Wheel's On Fire," the doleful "Tears of Rage" and the bitter farewell to the sixties "Nothing Was Delivered." But irregardless of the mood, almost all of these compositions are top-notch.
While the Basement Tapes concluded Dylan's first peak, it kicked-off that of The Band, the five-piece who began as the backing band of Ronnie Hawks, was recruited by Dylan and became a major music force of their own in the late sixties. It is often overlooked that within the Basement Tapes there is that group's fine debut album (even a few of their demos, on which Dylan is not even present, are snuck in).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic reborn through SACD
I have loved the Basement Tapes for decades. To listen to it with this clarity and definition is a revelation. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hellenback
4.0 out of 5 stars Best sounding version yet! (SACD REVIEW)
First off I am only giving this four stars due to the fact that it was not recorded to be a official release but was recorded to be demos. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Stephen Bieth
1.0 out of 5 stars A Travesty-why did Dylan OK this fraud?
The Complete Basement Tapes, on five CDs, is the real deal. An essential recording for Dylan fanatics to be sure. Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by Robert G. Daugherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing recordings!
When I first listened to this album, I already had most of Dylan's albums. I prefer "Freewheelin" to his others, but I also really like some of "Bringing it all Back Home" alot. Read more
Published on April 5 2004 by Law Man
3.0 out of 5 stars This record has too much of nothing...
But, s***, it's the Band and how can I give a legitimate and heartfelt complaint? Actually, this record is a brilliant piece of musical history, and while it isn'r flashy, it is... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars A Partial Story
Not the Complete Basement Tapes and some Band material that is not from the basement - What for Dylan to release Complete Basement Tapes on his Bootleg series or...
Published on Jan. 5 2004 by Caldutti
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Album Never Released
For years (1966-75 to be exact), "The Basement Tapes" were legendary for being both an alluring rumor, and an often bootlegged item. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2003 by Bud Sturguess
4.0 out of 5 stars Hanging on to Nothing
First, let me state, that this is the album that affected most the last two years of my life. Nothing is the same. Read more
Published on May 17 2003 by "grutsfortea"
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I like both The Band and Bob Dylan, but I find this album quite forgettable and grossly overrated. The title is appropriate, both because of the poor sound quality and the fact... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2003 by EJA
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