Happy birthday to Screaming Lord Sutch (1940) and to British singer / songwriter Greg Lake of Emerson Lake & Palmer (1948)!
Bob Dylan – Bootleg Series Vol. 11 – The Basement Tapes – Complete (Columbia Records #16122 6xCD boxed set, released 11/4/14) or “Hey, where’d the songs by The Band go?”. What a mess; is it on “The Basement Tapes” 1975 2LP set? Is it a bonus track on “Music From Big Pink”? Is it in the 5Xcd + DVD boxed set from The Band “A Musical History”?
The new Dylan set doesn’t have the 8 x songs by The Band that were on the 1975 2LP “Basement Tapes” album. All of those songs by The Band appear on The Band’s “A Musical History” CD boxed set. The re-mastered “Music From Big Pink” has some of the “Basement Tapes” songs in true stereo.
What the new Dylan set does have is over 125 Bob Dylan songs that sound pretty good in 2014. Yes, there are cover versions, with Dylan singing! “Folsom Prison Blues”, “People Get Ready” etc. He even covers his own “Blowin’ In The Wind” as a blues shuffle! In 1967, Bob was in pretty good voice.
If the fables of “The Basement Tapes” are somewhat confusing, I suggest reading the book “Million Dollar Bash” by Sid Griffin, published by Jawbone in 2007.
So sorry that Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel can no longer answer questions on this topic. Robbie Robertson has never really been “forthcoming” with info and Garth Hudson, the engineer of all of this stuff, usually has a variant of “The music says it all”.
I was never a fan of The Band while they were together. I understand now clearly that it was a special combination of people who created those albums, starting with “Music From Big Pink” and “The Basement Tapes”. Let’s not forget producer John Simon!
I heard “The Basement Tapes” the same time as everyone else, when they got a legit issue in 1975. I’d heard individual tracks on bootleg LP’s before then, but – without a context with which to put them in – didn’t know about it.
I proudly paid full price ($119.99) at a brick & mortar record store to buy the new 6CD Dylan box, “Bootleg Series Vol. 11” – to buy the whole banana. I honestly didn’t think they would remove The Band songs!
But with this release, I believe Columbia has exhausted their Dylan cupboard of stuff / versions that I will rush out and buy. I’ve got all the Dylan SA-CD’s they issued, and my LP’s have all stood the test of time. I am good to go, with Bob now.