Basement Tapes Original recording remastered
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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.
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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.
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?!
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.Read more ›
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I have loved the Basement Tapes for decades. To listen to it with this clarity and definition is a revelation. Read morePublished on June 6 2014 by Hellenback
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