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This is Dylan and the Band havin' a ball with folk, bluegrass, country, blues and rock in Woodstock in '67; now this is freewheeling, and it's many a fan's favorite Dylan record. Newly remastered!
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 --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
I have loved the Basement Tapes for decades. To listen to it with this clarity and definition is a revelation. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Hellenback
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 morePublished on Nov. 19 2012 by Stephen Bieth
The Complete Basement Tapes, on five CDs, is the real deal. An essential recording for Dylan fanatics to be sure. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Robert G. Daugherty
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 morePublished on April 5 2004 by Law Man
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 morePublished on Jan. 28 2004
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2004 by "howlinw"
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
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... Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by P. Nicholas Keppler