Bob Dylan/The Band - The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete

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The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete is a compilation album of unreleased home recordings made in 1967 by Bob Dylan and the group of musicians that would become The Band, released on November 3, 2014.

Revered for decades as the "holy grail" for music collectors and Dylan fans, the recordings have been notoriously bootlegged by collectors in various forms throughout the years, the first being arguably the first ever bootleg album, the Great White Wonder, released in July 1969. The release of The Basement Tapes Complete is the first time the complete recordings of the sessions have been officially released, and was universally acclaimed upon release by critics and fans alike, and went on to win Best Historical Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

The liner notes for The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 are by Sid Griffin, American musician and author of Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, The Band, and The Basement Tapes.


    1-1Edge Of The Ocean2:21
    1-2My Bucket's Got A Hole In It1:35
    1-3Roll On Train2:00
    1-4Mr. Blue1:52
    1-6I Forgot To Remember To Forget3:19
    1-7You Win Again2:43
    1-8Still In Town3:04
    1-9Waltzing With Sin2:49
    1-10Big River (Take 1)0:43
    1-11Big River (Take 2)2:23
    1-12Folsom Prison Blues2:46
    1-13Bells Of Rhymney3:16
    1-14Spanish Is The Loving Tongue3:53
    1-15Under Control2:50
    1-16Ol' Roison The Beau4:55
    1-17I'm Guilty Of Loving You1:09
    1-18Cool Water3:04
    1-19The Auld Triangle5:47
    1-20Po' Lazarus1:00
    1-21I'm A Fool For You (Take 1)1:06
    1-22I'm A Fool For You (Take 2)2:34
    2-1Johnny Todd2:05
    2-3Kickin' My Dog Around2:43
    2-4See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 1)0:30
    2-5See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 2)0:51
    2-6Tiny Montgomery2:57
    2-7Big Dog0:24
    2-8I'm Your Teenage Prayer3:52
    2-9Four Strong Winds3:42
    2-10The French Girl (Take 1)2:12
    2-11The French Girl (Take 2)3:00
    2-12Joshua Gone Barbados2:46
    2-13I'm In The Mood1:56
    2-14Baby Ain't That Fine2:11
    2-15Rock, Salt And Nails4:37
    2-16A Fool Such As I2:57
    2-17Song For Canada4:31
    2-18People Get Ready3:15
    2-19I Don't Hurt Anymore2:15
    2-20Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw3:04
    2-21One Man's Loss3:52
    2-22Lock Your Door0:23
    2-23Baby, Won't You Be My Baby2:53
    2-24Try Me Little Girl1:38
    2-25I Can't Make It Alone3:34
    2-26Don't You Try Me Now3:12
    3-1Young But Daily Growing5:40
    3-2Bonnie Ship The Diamond3:21
    3-3The Hills Of Mexico3:05
    3-4Down On Me0:43
    3-5One For The Road4:50
    3-6I'm Alright1:46
    3-7Million Dollar Bash (Take 1)2:52
    3-8Million Dollar Bash (Take 2)2:35
    3-9Yea! Heavy And A Bottle Of Bread (Take 1)1:50
    3-10Yea! Heavy And A Bottle Of Bread (Take 2)2:16
    3-11I'm Not There5:13
    3-12Please, Mrs. Henry2:34
    3-13Crash On The Levee (Take 1)2:11
    3-14Crash On The Levee (Take 2)2:06
    3-15Lo And Behold (Take 1) 2:54
    3-16Lo And Behold (Take 2)2:50
    3-17You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Take 1)2:48
    3-18You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Take 2)2:46
    3-19I Shall Be Released (Take 1)4:04
    3-20I Shall Be Released (Take 2)3:58
    3-21This Wheel's On Fire3:54
    3-22Too Much Of Nothing (Take 1)3:03
    3-23Too Much Of Nothing (Take 2)2:51
    4-1Tears Of Rage (Take 1)4:04
    4-2Tears Of Rage (Take 2)2:31
    4-3Tears Of Rage (Take 3)4:15
    4-4Quinn The Eskimo (Take 1)2:03
    4-5Quinn The Eskimo (Take 2)2:16
    4-6Open The Door, Homer (Take 1)2:53
    4-7Open The Door, Homer (Take 2)0:58
    4-8Open The Door, Homer (Take 3)3:14
    4-9Nothing Was Delivered (Take 1)4:26
    4-10Nothing Was Delivered (Take 2)3:44
    4-11Nothing Was Delivered (Take 3)0:33
    4-12All American Boy3:59
    4-13Sign On The Cross7:21
    4-14Odds And Ends (Take 1)1:48
    4-15Odds And Ends (Take 2)1:49
    4-16Get Your Rocks Off3:46
    4-17Clothes Line Saga2:59
    4-18Apple Suckling Tree (Take 1)2:41
    4-19Apple Suckling Tree (Take 2)2:50
    4-20Don't Ya Tell Henry2:31
    4-21Bourbon Street5:05
    5-1Blowin' In The Wind6:36
    5-2One Too Many Mornings3:23
    5-3A Satisfied Mind2:01
    5-4It Ain't Me, Babe3:32
    5-5Ain't No More Cane (Take 1)2:41
    5-6Ain't No More Cane (Take 2)1:58
    5-7My Woman She's A-Leavin'2:30
    5-9Mary Lou, I Love You Too2:30
    5-10Dress It Up, Better Have It All2:53
    5-11Minstrel Boy1:40
    5-12Silent Weekend3:01
    5-13What's It Gonna Be When It Comes Up3:04
    5-14900 Miles From My Home2:14
    5-15Wildwood Flower2:11
    5-16One Kind Favor3:33
    5-17She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain1:39
    5-18It's The Flight Of The Bumblebee2:09
    5-19Wild Wolf3:35
    5-20Goin' To Acapulco5:37
    5-21Gonna Get You Now1:31
    5-22If I Were A Carpenter2:23
    5-24All You Have To Do Is Dream (Take 1)3:56
    5-25All You Have To Do Is Dream (Take 2)3:20
    6-12 Dollars And 99 Cents2:35
    6-2Jelly Bean2:58
    6-3Any Time3:17
    6-4Down By The Station1:29
    6-5Hallelujah, I've Just Been Moved3:04
    6-6That's The Breaks4:18
    6-7Pretty Mary3:12
    6-8Will The Circle Be Unbroken2:09
    6-9King Of France3:53
    6-10She's On My Mind Again4:18
    6-11Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad3:21
    6-12On A Rainy Afternoon2:53
    6-13I Can't Come In With A Broken Heart2:42
    6-14Next Time On The Highway2:20
    6-15Northern Claim2:05
    6-16Love Is Only Mine1:50
    6-18Bring It On Home3:07
    6-19Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies2:09
    6-20The Spanish Song (Take 1)2:47
    6-21The Spanish Song (Take 2)2:16
    6-22900 Miles From My Home / Confidential2:27

    History of recordings

    The basement recordings were made during 1967, after Dylan had withdrawn to his Woodstock home in the aftermath of a motorcycle accident on July 29, 1966. Recording sessions began in a den known as "The Red Room" in Dylan's home, before moving to an improvised recording studio in the basement of a house known as Big Pink, where Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson lived. The sessions lasted roughly from May to October 1967. In October 1967, a fourteen-song demo tape was copyrighted and the compositions were registered with Dwarf Music, a publishing company jointly owned by Dylan and his manager Albert Grossman. Acetates and tapes of the songs then circulated among interested recording artists. Dylan has referred to commercial pressures behind the basement recordings in a 1969 interview with Rolling Stone: "They weren't demos for myself, they were demos of the songs. I was being PUSHED again into coming up with some songs. You know how those things go."

    Peter, Paul and Mary had the first hit with a basement composition when their cover of "Too Much of Nothing" reached number 35 on the Billboard chart in late 1967. Ian & Sylvia, also managed by Grossman, recorded "Tears of Rage", "Quinn the Eskimo" and "This Wheel's on Fire". In January 1968, Manfred Mann reached number one on the UK pop chart with their recording of "The Mighty Quinn". In April, "This Wheel's on Fire", recorded by Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity, hit number five on the UK chart. That same month, a version of "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" by the Byrds was issued as a single. Along with "Nothing Was Delivered", it appeared on their country-rock album Sweetheart of the Rodeo, released in August. The Hawks, officially renamed the Band, recorded "This Wheel's on Fire", "I Shall Be Released" and "Tears of Rage" for their debut album, Music from Big Pink, released in July 1968. Fairport Convention covered "Million Dollar Bash" on their 1969 album Unhalfbricking.

    In July 1969, the first rock bootleg appeared in California, entitled Great White Wonder. The double album consisted of seven songs from the Woodstock basement sessions, plus some early recordings Dylan had made in Minneapolis in December 1961 and one track recorded from The Johnny Cash Show. One of those responsible for the bootleg, identified only as Patrick, talked to Rolling Stone: "Dylan is a heavy talent and he's got all those songs nobody's ever heard. We thought we'd take it upon ourselves to make this music available." The process of bootlegging Dylan's work would eventually see the illegal release of hundreds of live and studio recordings, and lead the Recording Industry Association of America to describe Dylan as the most bootlegged artist in the history of the music industry.

    The basement recordings became the basis for Dylan's 1975 official release The Basement Tapes. This album was criticised by Dylan critic Michael Gray because it contained recordings by the Band on their own, and because important Dylan songs were omitted from the selection. Subsequent to the official 1975 release, more than 100 recordings from the Basement Tapes began to circulate in bootleg form, catalogued by Greil Marcus in his book Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes (1997), and by Sid Griffin in Million Dollar Bash: Bob Dylan, the Band, and the Basement Tapes (2007).

    The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete presents the original recordings, and places them in roughly chronological order. The original reel-to-reel tapes were in the possession of Garth Hudson, organist for the Hawks. He brought them to fellow-Canadians, Jan Haust and Peter J. Moore who restored and digitized them for this release. Their work led them to be nominated in 2016 for a Grammy award for Best Historical Album.


    The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete received unanimously positive reviews from critics. The critical aggregator website Metacritic awarded The Basement Tapes Complete a Metascore of 99, based on reviews by 18 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".

    Writing for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave it five out of five stars, writing, "This is the wondrous thing about The Basement Tapes: this is music made with no expectation that anybody outside of a small circle would ever hear it." Paste magazine rated the album ten out of ten, and called it "some of the most daring, creative and truly beautiful music ever recorded".

    In his review for American Songwriter, Jim Beviglia gave it five out of five stars and wrote:

    Music fans having access to the complete archives of The Basement Tapes is somewhat akin to historians being presented with the tapes of the meetings of the Continental Congress or art buffs who receive a videotape of Da Vinci's entire process of painting The Last Supper."

    Discussing the song "I'm Not There", Jesse Jarnow said that "Here and everywhere, underscored by the newest remix, The Basement Tapes are almost purely beautiful — a characteristic not often associated with Dylan’s music."

    Not all critics, however, were entirely pleased with the overwhelming completeness of the album, and considered a large amount of the album consisted of throwaway songs that were never meant to be heard. In his review for The New Yorker magazine, Sasha Frere-Jones wrote, "Historically, these sessions have been treated with awe, as if something essential about both Dylan and popular song can be found on the tapes. That's at best half true. The performances weren't approached with any kind of gravity, and are best listened to with no reverence at all. For every moment of revelation and synthesis, there are five throwaways."


    • Bob Dylan – acoustic guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals
    • Rick Danko – bass guitar, vocals
    • Garth Hudson – organ
    • Richard Manuel – piano, drums, vocals
    • Robbie Robertson – electric guitar, drums, vocals
    • Levon Helm – drums, vocals (select tracks, unknown)


    • Art Direction, Design [Package Design]: Geoff Gans
    • Compiled By: Jeff Rosen
    • Design, Layout: Bryan Lasley
    • Engineer [Tape Restoration]: Garth Hudson
    • Engineer [Tape Restoration]: Jan Haust
    • Engineer [Tape Restoration]: Peter Moore
    • Engineer [Technical Assistance, Mastering]: George Guerra
    • Liner Notes: Ben Rollins
    • Liner Notes: Jan Haust
    • Liner Notes: Sid Griffin
    • Mastered By: Peter Moore
    • Mastered By [Additional], Producer [Additional]: Mark Wilder
    • Photography By: Elliott Landy
    • Photography By [Basement Tape Boxes]: Kevin James (13)
    • Photography By [Booklet 31]: John Scheele
    • Photography By [Booklet 32-33]: Reid Miles
    • Producer [Producer For Release]: Jan Haust
    • Producer [Producer For Release]: Jeff Rosen
    • Producer [Producer For Release]: Steve Berkowitz
    • Product Manager: Jeroen van der Meer
    • Recorded By: Garth Hudson
    • Research: Arie de Reuse
    • Research: Glenn Korman
    • Research: Magne Karlstad
    • Research: Oddbjørn Saltnes
    • Research [Toronto]: Caitlin E. Loney
    • Written-By: Bob Dylan


    From the sticker: "The definitive chronicle of Dylan's legendary 1967 sessions with The Band - Historic 6-disc set includes 138 tracks featuring previously unreleased material - Meticulously restored for the first time from original master tapes - Exclusive 120 page deluxe-bound book containing rare and unseen photographs memorabilia - Extensive liner notes."

    ℗ & © 2014 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

    CD 6 is described as "Bonus disc". The track lists of the release do not mention track 6-22.

    The release gives no track durations; they are taken from CD player readings.



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