The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes - Raw

The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes - Raw

by Bob DylanBob Dylan


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A double-disc distillation of the six-disc box The Basement Tapes Complete, The Basement Tapes: Raw can't quite be seen as an expansion of the 1975 double-LP The Basement Tapes but rather a necessary revision. Shepherded by the Band's Robbie Robertson, that 1975 double-vinyl inserted Band recordings where they didn't belong, suggesting the group were equal partners when it was really Dylan's show. The Basement Tapes: Raw rights this wrong, stripping away the excess overdubs and excising the ten Band songs -- a process which includes handing some of the tunes back over to Bob, including a wildly careening version of "Don't Ya Tell Henry" -- and then adding in all the major Dylan originals missing from the 1975 LP ("I'm Not There," "Santa-Fe," "Minstrel Boy," "Quinn the Eskimo," "Get Your Rocks Off," "Sign on the Cross") and then adding hints of the covers and general madness that can be found in the complete haul. Naturally, some gems are available only in the big box, including a bunch of folk tunes, a rangy "Big River" and "Kickin' My Dog Around," plus the goofs "See You Later Allen Ginsberg" and "All American Boy," but that's the kind of stuff that seems better in context, when it's surrounded by the heavyweight songs showcased here. On their own on this superb two-disc set, those songs amount to a version of the Basement Tapes that not only represents what happened at Big Pink more accurately, but is a thrilling, endlessly captivating listen in its own right.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2014
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888750196729
catalogNumber: 501967
Rank: 25615

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Robbie Robertson   Musician
Neil Young   Tape
Rick Danko   Musician
Levon Helm   Musician
Garth Hudson   Musician
Richard Manuel   Musician
Robert Young   Tape

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer
Bob Dylan   Arranger,Composer,Instrumentation
Rick Danko   Composer
Sid Griffin   Liner Notes
Jan Haust   Liner Notes
Garth Hudson   Engineer,Instrumentation
Richard Manuel   Composer
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Reid Miles   Original Cover Photography
Bryan Lasley   Layout
Debbie Sweeney   Production Crew
Jack Rollins   Composer
Will Schwartz   Production Crew
Traditional   Composer
Diane Lapson   Production Crew
Callie Gladman   Production Crew
April Hayes   Production Crew
Arie De Reus   Photo Courtesy
Ben Rollins   Liner Notes
Donald I. Robertson   Composer

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