The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 Deluxe Edition, Box set
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Really improved sound quality compared to the mid-seventies release of this album (there is a bonus 6th disc which the liner notes state, "the tracks are of historic importance but have very poor sonic quality", but the sound is still good enough to enjoy the songs, & sound pretty much like a Basement tape bootleg).
There is a bewildering amount of outstanding material, which to be honest would take months to trawl through & digest (but I can't wait to review it!). It is fascinating that in 1967, as the musical world exploded with countless displays of innovation, pushing the boundaries of what music could achieve & represent, Dylan on the other hand decided to take a simpler almost spiritual take on music, exploring his musical heritage.
A couple of highlights, "Big River" written by Johnny Cash (Cash opened his "Live At San Quentin" show with the song), "The Auld Triangle" which the Pogues made there own, & a bluesy version of "Blowing in the Wind".
I think the big elephant in the room is the price, this is impart due to a Hard backed book being included with the CDs & quite a lavish layout (although there's no track by track info, which seems a little strange), it may have been nice to have a budget version of the album, without all the bells & whistles.
I think if your like me, you've been waiting so long for this music, you are going to purchase it regardless of price, it's just put a bit of a tarnish on what should have been a memorable release.
When interviewed Robbie Robbertson pointed out all the sonic issues from where they recorded (I am talking about the basement of Big Pink) with concrete floors, cinder block walls and a big metal furnace it was not ideal for the task at hand but Garth worked his magic and got it all on tape. The people at Columbia did a wonderful job remastering the tracks.
This is a first class package across the board. Beautiful sound (remembering the source) two hard covered books in a hard slip case. Great liner notes with colour and black and white photo's.
If you are a Dylan or a Band fan this is a must. Great companion peice to the "Isle of White" CD from last years box set and lets face it they don't make music like this anymore so getting hours of it is like finding the "Arc" of Rock music. Again this is a must have!!
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If you love Bob Dylan get it! If Bob is not your thing forget it!
If you love the Band the same applies. Read more
For anyone who has ventured deep beneath the waves and heard some of the unreleaed basements can now hear those songs complete and in very fine quality. Read morePublished 20 months ago by M. Lewis