Next week will see the release of Bob Dylan and the Band’s “The Bootleg Series Vol. 11,” in North America. There will be a few variations: The six CD “Basement Tapes Complete (Deluxe Edition)” with an exclusive book, and “The Basement Tapes Raw” sampler on 3 LP 180 gram vinyl and 2 CD.
Most fans have been following all the previews posted online, and know the history of these legendary 1967 recordings, so below are just a few notes I jotted down while examining the CD “Raw” version:
- Just over two hours of audio.
- CD1 appropriately opens with “Open the Door, Homer,” and ends with “I Shall Be Released.”
- Five categories: “Restored version,” “Without overdubs,” “Alternate version,” “Unreleased,” and “Previously released.” No category titled “Previously uncirculated.”
- Only three previously released versions included: “I’m Not There,” “Santa Fe,” and “Minstrel Boy.” Note: The song is now titled “I’m Not There,” not “I’m Not There (1956).”
- “One Too Many Mornings” is a mellower take on the 1966 live version, with Richard Manuel on lead vocals for the first verse.
- The version of “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” which opens disc two is the early “foreign bib” take. Thankfully!
- “Blowin’ in the Wind” clocks in at over six minutes. The arrangement is unique, sort of a slow shuffle, with an organ solo from Garth Hudson, and ending with a little discussion. A blueprint for the arrangement later used on “Before The Flood” from “Tour ’74.”
- Most songs published circa 1967 still copyrighted by Dwarf Music.
- Special Rider Music, Big Sky, and Dwarf Music are all SESAC.
- All songs written by Dylan, except “Tears of Rage (Dylan and Richard Manuel), “This Wheel’s on Fire” (Dylan and Rick Danko), “Ain’t No More Cane,””Johnny Todd,” and “900 Miles From My Home” (all “Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan”), and the covers of “I Don’t Hurt Anymore” and “Folsom Prison Blues.”
- Plenty of Elliot Landy photographs, plus magazine and bootleg covers, 7” picture sleeves of contemporary cover versions, and Dylan’s painting used for the Band’s “Music From Big Pink.”
- Essays by Sid Griffin of the Coal Porters, author of the updated “Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, The Band & The Basement Tapes” (overview), Ben Rollins (song by song), and Jan Haust (audio). Haust ends his essay with a story about Dylan calling Garth Hudson at the end of the 1960s, looking for a recording of a “Basement Tapes” song titled “Can I Get a Race Horse?” which apparently had been erased to make room for other recordings, now lost forever.
- Note: “Additional tape copies: Robert Young, Neil Young.” (Apparently Neil Young had the lone master copy of “I’m Not There.”)
- Garth Hudson has a cool “thank you” concerning a 1964 recording of Levon and the Hawks which led to the Dylan collaboration that began the following year.
- Dedicated to Rick, Richard, and Levon.
- Confirms “Shadows in the Night” 2015 release, rumored to be February.
A great sampling of the “Basement Tapes” sessions, focusing on original material, perfect for the casual fan, far superior to the 1975 release. However, for the serious Dylan obsessive, (s)he needs too much of everything, so the “Deluxe Version” is the way to go.
BOB DYLAN- THE BASEMENT TAPES RAW:
THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 11
(All songs written by Bob Dylan unless otherwise noted)
- 1. Open the Door, Homer (Restored version)
- 2. Odds and Ends (Alternate version)
- 3. Million Dollar Bash (Alternate version)
- 4. One Too Many Mornings (Unreleased) *
- 5. I Don’t Hurt Anymore (Unreleased) (written by Donald I Robertson and Walter E Rollins)
- 6. Ain’t No More Cane (Alternate version) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
- 7. Crash on the Levee (Restored version)
- 8. Tears of Rage (Without overdubs) (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
- 9. Dress it up, Better Have it All (Unreleased)
- 10. I’m Not There (Previously released)
- 11. Johnny Todd (Unreleased) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
- 12. Too Much of Nothing (Alternate version)
- 13. Quinn the Eskimo (Restored version)
- 14. Get Your Rocks Off (Unreleased)
- 15. Santa-Fe (Previously released)
- 16. Silent Weekend (Unreleased)
- 17. Clothes Line Saga (Restored version)
- 18. Please, Mrs. Henry (Restored version)
- 19. I Shall Be Released (Restored version)
- 1. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Alternate version)
- 2. Lo and Behold! (Alternate version)
- 3. Minstrel Boy (Previously released)
- 4. Tiny Montgomery (Without overdubs)
- 5. All You Have to do is Dream (Unreleased)
- 6. Goin’ to Acapulco (Without overdubs)
- 7. 900 Miles from My Home (Unreleased) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
- 8. One for the Road (Unreleased)
- 9. I’m Alright (Unreleased)
- 10. Blowin’ in the Wind (Unreleased)
- 11. Apple Suckling Tree (Restored version)
- 12. Nothing Was Delivered (Restored version)
- 13. Folsom Prison Blues (Unreleased) (written by Johnny Cash)
- 14. This Wheel’s on Fire (Without overdubs) (written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko)
- 15. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Restored version)
- 16. Don’t Ya Tell Henry (Alternate version)
- 17. Baby, Won’t You be My Baby (Unreleased)
- 18. Sign on the Cross (Unreleased)
- 19. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Without overdubs)
- Bob Dylan
- Robbie Robertson
- Rick Danko
- Richard Manuel
- Garth Hudson
- Levon Helm (Later sessions only)
(Lead vocals are sung by Bob Dylan except first verse here *. Harmony and instrumentation are unknown because all involved were multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, and no records remain.)
Buy from Amazon: Bob Dylan and The Band: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes
- Raw 2CDs, 38 tracks: amazon.com – .co.uk – .de
- Complete (Deluxe edition) 6CDs, 138 tracks: amazon.com – .co.uk – .de
- 3LP + 2CD, 38 tracks: amazon.com – .co.uk – .de
Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, The Band and the Basement Tapes Revised and Updated Edition Paperback – by Sid Griffin (November 28, 2014)
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