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Basement Tapes Import

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  • Audio CD (April 14 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Odds and Ends
2. Orange Juice Blues (Blues for Breakfast)
3. Million Dollar Bash
4. Yazoo Street Scandal
5. Goin' to Acapulco
6. Katie's Been Gone
7. 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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Limited edition 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this classic album. Music On Vinyl.

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.

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This recording (or rather compilation) is a classic, of course, and i won't add to the endless discussion of whether it lives up to the mystique that's grown up around it, or whether the complaints of purists (about some material recorded later being inserted here) are justified. I never heard the earlier CD (or vinyl) release so i can't compare the quality of the remastering job, though i can say the sound is more than acceptable on every track, considering the equipment it was originally recorded on. All the lyrics are clearly audible, so it doesn't matter that they aren't included here in print. But i can confirm that no "extras" have been added, although there's plenty of material from these sessions that's only appeared on bootlegs. This is more than a little strange, given that the total timing on the 2 CDs is only 78 minutes, so it would easily fit on one CD. If you're going to release it on 2 CDs again, why not fill up all that wasted space, as was done with other remastered releases of early work by The Band? The documentation consists mainly of notes by Greil Marcus -- no complaints there, but nothing new either. I pre-ordered this because the remastered version was priced cheaper than the original and i knew there were some great songs and performances on it that aren't available legally anywhere else. And i'm very glad i did. Anyone interested in either Dylan or the Band ought to hear this -- several times at least. It really is a classic.
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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 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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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. Even thou Robbie Robertson took some liberties in the recording studio to clean up or "complete" these recordings (Some were even band outtakes) the recording very in sound quality. But the songs are the songs and they don't get much better then this. You can tell the caliber of music the Band and Bob Dylan were capable of if these are the cast aways.
As for the SACD this sounds great. Nice and clear (considering the source) and with the beautiful analog sound that MoFi is so good at reproducing in a digital format. Since the songs come from several different sources they don't all sound the same production wise but certain songs the vocals have almost a three D sound to them. If you are a fan of the record or you are a serious Rock music fan this album is a must in any collection and the SACD vesion is the one to get! So MoFi when are we getting The Bands Brown Album?!
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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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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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