The Basement Tapes (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: March 30, 2009
- Label: Sony Legacy
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Odds and Ends
- 2.Orange Juice Blues (Blues For Breakfast)
- 3.Million Dollar Bash
- 4.Yazoo Street Scandal
- 5.Goin' to Acapulco
- 6.Katie's Been Gone
- 7.Lo and Behold
- 8.Bessie Smith
- 9.Clothes Line Saga
- 10.Apple Suckling Tree
- 11.Please, Mrs. Henry
- 12.Tears of Rage
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Too Much of Nothing
- 2.Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Brew
- 3.Ain't No More Cane
- 4.Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)
- 5.Ruben Remus
- 6.Tiny Montgomery
- 7.You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
- 8.Don't Ya Tell Henry
- 9.Nothing Was Delivered
- 10.Open the Door, Homer
- 11.Long Distance Operator
- 12.This Wheel's on Fire
Bob Dylan/The Band: Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Robbie Robertson (guitar); Garth Hudson (organ); Richard Manuel (keyboards); Rick Danko (bass); Levon Helm (drums).
Recorded in the basement of the Big Pink, West Saugerties, New York between June and October 1967.
The Band/Bob Dylan: Robbie Robertson (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums); Levon Helm (vocals, mandolin, electric bass, drums); Rick Danko (vocals, mandolin, electric bass); Richard Manuel (vocals, harmonica, piano, drums); Garth Hudson (accordion, tenor saxophone, piano, Clavinet, organ).
Personnel: Bob Dylan (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano).
Audio Mixers: Nat Jeffery; Ed Anderson; Rob Fraboni.
Audio Remasterer: Greg Calbi.
In 1967 Bob Dylan was recovering from his much-publicized motorcycle crash. To emphasize Dylan's startling fecundity, he laid down dozens of rudimentary demo recordings with backing from the fledgling Band. Eventually gaining an official release eight years later (with several delightful songs from a later Band session added), THE BASEMENT TAPES is a ragbag collection of alternately playful and serious acoustic-based songs that draw on a deep well of American tradition for their inspiration. Songs of the calibre of "Tears Of Rage", "Nothing Was Delivered" and "This Wheel's On Fire" on this ostensibly tossed-off masterpiece only serve to further underline Dylan's importance as a writer.
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