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Bob Dylan / The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes complete

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This November Sony/Legacy will issue volume 11 of Bob Dylan‘s enduring Bootleg Series, which in its deluxe box form is a 138 track ‘complete’ chronicle of the legendary Bob Dylan and The Band’s Basement Tapes recordings.

The music was recorded in 1967 as Dylan recovered from his motorcycle accident with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and, later, Levon Helm, in the basement of a small house, dubbed “Big Pink” by the group, in West Saugerties, New York. An official release was eventually issued in 1975 but although the musicians recorded over 100 songs, this featured only 16 tracks along with eight tracks from The Band without Dylan.

The Basement Tapes Complete is compiled from the original tapes (many found only recently, apparently) and features “every salvageable recording” from said tapes. Also, the performances are presented as close as possible to the way they were originally recorded in ’67 which presumably means they will lack the 1975 overdubs.

The deluxe edition is a six-CD set with the tracks running in mostly chronological order. This comes with a 120-page book with contains rare and unseen photos and memorabilia along with extensive liner notes.

As well as the 138-track Basement Tapes Complete deluxe edition, a cut down 38-track highlights set – The Basement Tapes Raw –  will be issued on two-CD and three-LP vinyl.

All formats are released on 3 November 2014 – as well as the links below everything can be pre-ordered from the Bob Dylan official store.


Deluxe Box (138-track)

3LP Vinyl Set (38-track)

2CD Edition (38-track)


The Basement Tapes Complete Track listing

CD 1

  • 1. Edge of the Ocean
  • 2. My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It (written by Clarence Williams)
  • 3. Roll on Train
  • 4. Mr. Blue (written by Dewayne Blackwell)
  • 5. Belshazzar (written by Johnny Cash)
  • 6. I Forgot to Remember to Forget (written by Charlie A Feathers and Stanley A Kesler)
  • 7. You Win Again (written by Hank Williams)
  • 8. Still in Town (written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard)
  • 9. Waltzing with Sin (written by Sonny Burns and Red Hayes)
  • 10. Big River (Take 1) (written by Johnny Cash)
  • 11. Big River (Take 2) (written by Johnny Cash)
  • 12. Folsom Prison Blues (written by Johnny Cash)
  • 13. Bells of Rhymney (written by Idris Davies and Peter Seeger)
  • 14. Spanish is the Loving Tongue
  • 15. Under Control
  • 16. Ol’ Roison the Beau (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 17. I’m Guilty of Loving You
  • 18. Cool Water (written by Bob Nolan)
  • 19. The Auld Triangle (written by Brendan Francis Behan)
  • 20. Po’ Lazarus (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 21. I’m a Fool for You (Take 1)
  • 22. I’m a Fool for You (Take 2)

CD 2

  • 1. Johnny Todd (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 2. Tupelo (written by John Lee Hooker)
  • 3. Kickin’ My Dog Around (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 4. See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 1)
  • 5. See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 2)
  • 6. Tiny Montgomery
  • 7. Big Dog
  • 8. I’m Your Teenage Prayer
  • 9. Four Strong Winds (written by Ian Tyson)
  • 10. The French Girl (Take 1) (written by Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson)
  • 11. The French Girl (Take 2) (written by Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson)
  • 12. Joshua Gone Barbados (written by Eric Von Schmidt)
  • 13. I’m in the Mood (written by Bernard Besman and John Lee Hooker)
  • 14. Baby Ain’t That Fine (written by Dallas Frazier)
  • 15. Rock, Salt and Nails (written by Bruce Phillips)
  • 16. A Fool Such As I (written by William Marvin Trader)
  • 17. Song for Canada (written by Pete Gzowski and Ian Tyson)
  • 18. People Get Ready (written by Curtis L Mayfield)
  • 19. I Don’t Hurt Anymore (written By Donald I Robertson and Walter E Rollins)
  • 20. Be Careful of Stones That You Throw (written by Benjamin Lee Blankenship)
  • 21. One Man’s Loss
  • 22. Lock Your Door
  • 23. Baby, Won’t You be My Baby
  • 24. Try Me Little Girl
  • 25. I Can’t Make it Alone
  • 26. Don’t You Try Me Now

CD 3

  • 1. Young but Daily Growing (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 2. Bonnie Ship the Diamond (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 3. The Hills of Mexico (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 4. Down on Me (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 5. One for the Road
  • 6. I’m Alright
  • 7. Million Dollar Bash (Take 1)
  • 8. Million Dollar Bash (Take 2)
  • 9. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Take 1)
  • 10. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Take 2)
  • 11. I’m Not There
  • 12. Please Mrs. Henry
  • 13. Crash on the Levee (Take 1)
  • 14. Crash on the Levee (Take 2)
  • 15. Lo and Behold! (Take 1)
  • 16. Lo and Behold! (Take 2)
  • 17. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Take 1)
  • 18. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Take 2)
  • 19. I Shall be Released (Take 1)
  • 20. I Shall be Released (Take 2)
  • 21. This Wheel’s on Fire (written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko)
  • 22. Too Much of Nothing (Take 1)
  • 23. Too Much of Nothing (Take 2)

CD 4

  • 1. Tears of Rage (Take 1) (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
  • 2. Tears of Rage (Take 2) (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
  • 3. Tears of Rage (Take 3) (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
  • 4. Quinn the Eskimo (Take 1)
  • 5. Quinn the Eskimo (Take 2)
  • 6. Open the Door Homer (Take 1)
  • 7. Open the Door Homer (Take 2)
  • 8. Open the Door Homer (Take 3)
  • 9. Nothing Was Delivered (Take 1)
  • 10. Nothing Was Delivered (Take 2)
  • 11. Nothing Was Delivered (Take 3)
  • 12. All American Boy (written by Bobby Bare)
  • 13. Sign on the Cross
  • 14. Odds and Ends (Take 1)
  • 15. Odds and Ends (Take 2)
  • 16. Get Your Rocks Off
  • 17. Clothes Line Saga
  • 18. Apple Suckling Tree (Take 1)
  • 19. Apple Suckling Tree (Take 2)
  • 20. Don’t Ya Tell Henry
  • 21. Bourbon Street

CD 5

  • 1. Blowin’ in the Wind
  • 2. One Too Many Mornings
  • 3. A Satisfied Mind (written by Joe Hayes and Jack Rhodes)
  • 4. It Ain’t Me, Babe
  • 5. Ain’t No More Cane (Take 1) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 6. Ain’t No More Cane (Take 2) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 7. My Woman She’s A-Leavin’
  • 8. Santa-Fe
  • 9. Mary Lou, I Love You Too
  • 10. Dress it up, Better Have it All
  • 11. Minstrel Boy
  • 12. Silent Weekend
  • 13. What’s it Gonna be When it Comes Up
  • 14. 900 Miles from My Home (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 15. Wildwood Flower (written by A.P. Carter)
  • 16. One Kind Favor (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 17. She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 18. It’s the Flight of the Bumblebee
  • 19. Wild Wolf
  • 20. Goin’ to Acapulco
  • 21. Gonna Get You Now
  • 22. If I Were A Carpenter (written by James Timothy Hardin)
  • 23. Confidential (written by Dorina Morgan)
  • 24. All You Have to do is Dream (Take 1)
  • 25. All You Have to do is Dream (Take 2)

CD 6

  • 1. 2 Dollars and 99 Cents
  • 2. Jelly Bean
  • 3. Any Time
  • 4. Down by the Station
  • 5. Hallelujah, I’ve Just Been Moved (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 6. That’s the Breaks
  • 7. Pretty Mary
  • 8. Will the Circle be Unbroken (written by A.P. Carter)
  • 9. King of France
  • 10. She’s on My Mind Again
  • 11. Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 12. On a Rainy Afternoon
  • 13. I Can’t Come in with a Broken Heart
  • 14. Next Time on the Highway
  • 15. Northern Claim
  • 16. Love is Only Mine
  • 17. Silhouettes (written by Bob Crewe and Frank C Slay Jr.)
  • 18. Bring it on Home
  • 19. Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 20. The Spanish Song (Take 1)
  • 21. The Spanish Song (Take 2)

The Basement Tapes Raw Track listing (same tracks on 2CD and 3LP)

CD 1

  • 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)

CD 2

  • 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)

Deluxe Box (138-track)

3LP Vinyl Set (38-track)

2CD Edition (38-track)



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21 responses to Bob Dylan / The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes complete

  1. Mike the Fish says:

    I’m not even a Dylan or The Band fan, but this looks really good.

  2. John Ireland says:

    Been waiting on this since forever. The Bootleg Series has been a fascinating trawl so far.

  3. C Feeney says:

    At last!

    I shall have to ask my Doctor if salivating for two months will pose a health risk.

    I shall spend the time re-reading Invisible Republic in readiness.

  4. Tman says:

    Get the Deluxe 6-CD set under $100, come on.

  5. Dougie Adam says:

    £110+ on Amazon UK for the 6 CD set. Sony, predictably, are having a laugh with the price. While I have no doubt the sound and packaging and number of tracks will surpass the old 5CD bootlegs from the 1990s, the fact remains these were recorded for fun on a 2 track reel to reel recorder and are not professionally made recordings. Lots of the songs were only performed once or twice and then forgotten because they were not serious songwriting efforts. To be charging almost £20 per disc for the complete package really is taking the rip out of fans – £50-60 would be a lot fairer even allowing for restoration work and packaging.

    • Mychael says:

      re. ”…to be charging almost £20 per disc for the complete package really is taking the rip out of fans – £50-60 would be a lot fairer… “
      Do you really think CD prices are calculated on the “artistic” worth of the music or if the tracks in question are “serious efforts”?

  6. Barry Whiting says:

    I guess this puts pay to speculation that a second volume of the ‘Complete Album Collection’ boxset focusing on the bootleg series might drop this year or next. Certainly on price point anyway…

    Could be an expensive month if rumours re: a Springsteen box are true…

  7. Philip Cohen says:

    Wait a few months and you’ll see the set being offered at a discount, though not by Amazon. Lately, the folks running Amazon.com have been trying to scorch the Baby Boomer market by trying to hang tough at (or sometimes above ) list price on CD & vinyl boxed sets. This is one of several reasons why I no longer buy CD’s or L.P.’s from Amazon.com

    Without competitive pricing, there’s no reason to buy from Amazon. Incredibly, when first accepting preorders for The Beatles mono vinyl box, Amazon was trying to scorch people at $409.95…..$35 over list price. Fortunately, no consumer actually had to pay $409.95, but list price($374.95, what Amazon charges now) is no bargain either. Amazon’s shareholders want to see a bigger return on their investment, but alienating customers into going elsewhere is a misguided strategy. It’s easy to alienate the customers into walking away, but it won’t be easy to bring them back, after Amazon executives realize the error of their ways.

  8. Clarky (great white wonder) says:

    It’s yet another joke from Dylan and Sony. It’s a very expensive box set that should be priced at around the £40 range. A lot of the tracks on this are very lo-fi as Dougie Adam has said.
    This ‘Bootleg Series’ has been littered with over-priced releases, re: ‘Tell Tale Signs’ 3CD set for £122 on (of course) Amazon at the mo.
    ‘Another Self Portrait’ 4CD set for £74, and that’s cheap for it!
    Thanks Mr Dylan, but you’ve made a mint over the years but you really don’t serve your fans well at all. We’ve bought all your stuff, and then you and your record company whack out a ‘complete albums’ box set last year that makes folks feel the need the buy the stuff all over again, and folks who’ve not really been into Dylan at all get ALL the albums in a nifty box for next to nowt on the scheme of things. Cheers.
    Sorry for the rant!

  9. Sean says:

    Go to the Bob dylan site for better prices, Amazon once again trying to fleece customers !

  10. C Feeney says:

    This is a long awaited set and for me the only time a Dylan deluxe has been tempting – all the others I bought the two disc sets. Some of us will pre-order as a knee jerk reaction – as the pre-order price guarantee helps. But I agree that £110 or $150 is a bit much when you can get the 9 disc mono box for a lot less and that has the much more significant work. You could probably get the complete albums for a similar price still.

    Realistically this set will be competing with the Beatles and Led Zeppelin for space under the Christmas tree, so I don’t expect the price to stand after release date.

  11. Fat Old Bloke says:

    I’ll just get the 2CD set unless the deluxe set drops considerably in price.

  12. ken says:

    Yet again Amazon UK are charging a lot more for the de luxe edition than Amazon US. It works out at £90 in the US as against £110 in the UK. Even the 2 disc set is £7 cheaper in the US! Amazon are just greedy and alienating a lot of people.

  13. Andy says:

    Great spot re: amazon.ca!!!

    Cheers

  14. Ben says:

    This is the holy grail! Bob Dylan sounds very relaxed on these recordings. Yes quite expensive, but the Raw edition isn’t enough for a real fan. They could have sold this as 6 individual discs. Lo-fi is only another style, and suits perfectly for old time country/archaic music like this, dealing with the roots of modern music. Bob Dylan at his best! He’s been dealing with the same themes on his newest records anyway, going back for the old music of his childhood. I look forward to listen to this. Lo-fi music is great for a great musician like him.

  15. ronnie says:

    amazon.ca back to under $100

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  17. The Hawks says:

    Where can I see the photos in this book? Thanks.

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