Bob Dylan - The Original Basement Tape - Folk Rock RSD Mono Pink Vinyl 200 Grm LP

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Bob Dylan - The Basement Tape

Label: Other Peoples Music / Columbia
Cat#: OPM 281
Format: Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Numbered, Mono, 200 gram, Pink vinyl
Record Store Day 2015 Exclusive
Individually hand numbered up to 1000
Autographed and hand numbered by Garth Hudson
Comes with a copy of the Rolling Stone article The Missing Dylan Album
Country: US
Released: 18 Apr 2015
Genre: Rock, Blues


A1 Million Dollar Bash 2:35
A2 Yea Heavy and A Bottle 'o Bread 2:16
A3 Please Mrs. Henry 2:34
A4 Crash On The Levee 2:06
A5 Low and Behold 2:50
A6 Tiny Montgomery 2:57
A7 If Your Memory Serves You Well (This Wheel's On Fire) 3:55

B1 You Ain't Goin' Nowhere 2:46
B2 Any Day Now (I Shall Be Released) 3:58
B3 Too Much Of Nothing 2:54
B4 Tears Of Rage 4:04
B5 The Mighty Quinn 2:03
B6 Open The Door Homer 2:53
B7 Nothing Has Delivered 4:26

Companies etc

Copyright (c) – Columbia Records
Manufactured For – Other Peoples Music
Manufactured By – Sony Music Entertainment
Record Company – Columbia
Record Company – Legacy


Lacquer Cut By – Ryan Smith
Mastered By – Peter Moore
Producer – Jan Haust
Producer, Recorded By, Compiled By – Garth Hudson
Supervised By – Steve Berkowitz

Bob Dylan and his band The Hawks
Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson
Recorded by Garth Hudson

The Basement Tapes can be heard as a manifesto for the '90s' underlying Americana agenda or as the greatest album never intended for commercial release. Homegrown 1967 recordings taped in the Band's fabled Big Pink hermitage in Saugerties, New York, many of the 24 songs resonated across American and English rock and folk long before their belated 1975 release through studio interpretations by the Byrds, Fairport Convention, Manfred Mann, Peter, Paul & Mary, and numerous other acolytes, as well as through myriad unauthorized bootlegs.

Good as the covers were, Dylan and the Band rolled their own with an extraordinary coherence that sounds only more authentic in these rough-hewn, intimate, always musical performances, which dovetail with Dylan's stark John Wesley Harding and the Band's stunning debut, Music from Big Pink as well as the presciently lo-fi The Band. At a time when most rock culture was entranced with its post-atomic origins, these songs sounded timeless, plunging into pre-industrial folk, turn of the (20th) century barrelhouse and blues, and crackling, vintage rock & roll excursions with offhand verve and a thrilling disregard for what was hip. Time has only reinforced their visionary power.

The Basement Tapes revealed that Bob Dylan, the visionary voice of a generation, the man who changed the world with a guitar, a harmonica and a hound-dog voice, was also a funny guy. These legendary Saugerties, NY "Big Pink" sessions with the Band show Dylan, recovering from a mysterious motorcycle accident and raising young kids, kicking back and having some fun with his pals and some music.

The tunes are great, and many of them are completely non-sensical which is quite a departure for him. If you've never heard songs like "Tiny Montgomery," "Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread" or "This Wheel's on Fire"( (which is quite possible since radio doesn't play anything but "like a rolling stone") you may be surprised. It's a sound that isn't really comprable to anything else in his catalogue, perhaps because he never intended to release them. This is the closest you could ever come to being a fly on the wall at a Dylan recording session.

"Million Dollar Bash" brings back Dylan with a humorous-sounding vocal melody. It's hard to understand the meaning behind the lyrics here. Nice blues rock song at any rate.

"Tears of Rage" is one of those devastating ballads that actually reminds me of the Band song "I Shall Be Released" but worse since the verse melody drags after a while. Perhaps the song is incomplete.

"Too Much of Nothing" is a mid-tempo blues track with unusually clean production and wishy washy Band vocals during the chorus. I actually like it though, don't get me wrong, but my initial impression wasn't very positive. "Yea! Heavy & a Bottle of Bread" has a familiar friendly late 60's San Francisco vibe with a happy atmosphere similar to Jefferson Airplane (especially the line "Take me down to California!")

"Tiny Montgomery" contains a weirdly psychedelic and serious style reminiscent of the Mama's & Papa's (thanks to the humming vocals in the background) and Dylan's laidback "lazy" vocals RULE here.

"You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" is a beautifully sung country song and I DARE you to hate the chorus that goes "Oh wee, we're gonna fly, down to the easy chair". I can't hate it so you can't either!

The few seconds in the beginning of "Nothing Was Delivered" makes me think of Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay". Anyone else hear a similarity?

"Open the Door, Homer" is a highly melodic country rocker with lyrics pertaining to memories and good honest advice. "Open the door Richard" is a GREAT chorus. "This Wheel's on Fire" has a verse melody that sort of resembles the one from "Ballad of a Thin Man" combined with the Band's late 60's material.

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Condition New
Format LP, 180 Gram
Label Columbia
Artist Bob Dylan
Color Pink