Dylan’s restored basement tapes set for release
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Bob Dylan performs during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles. Dylan is giving human rights supporters something to sing about. He waived the publishing fees for his entire catalog, allowing Amnesty International to create a four-disk compilation album in honor of the organization's golden anniversary. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)
Bob Dylan’s famous recording from 1967 with the group that became The Band will be released in a newly restored CD set in November.
Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 was compiled from restored original tapes, many found only recently, Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings said Tuesday in a statement. The collection will include a six-CD set and a separate two-CD collection dubbed Raw. Both will be released Nov. 4.
The recordings were made following the singer’s 1966 motorcycle accident, according to Columbia. Dylan, now 73, joined the future members of The Band, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and later Levon Helm, in the basement of a small house in West Saugerties, N.Y., and taped more than 100 songs.
Hudson worked with producer Jan Haust to restore the tapes, which had deteriorated over time and include some recordings that have only recently been discovered.
The Basement Tapes first began appearing as a bootleg album called Great White Wonder in 1969. The music was commercially unavailable until 1975, when Columbia released 16 songs on The Basement Tapes album, which also also included eight numbers by The Band.
The six-CD main set includes Dylan classics such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” along with The Band’s “I Shall be Released.”
Columbia, part of Sony, also plans to issue The Basement Tapes Raw as a three-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, Columbia said.
The package will compete with Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, a 20-song collection of lyrics that Dylan hadn’t set to music at the time of the original Basement Tapes recordings.
Produced by T. Bone Burnett and due to be released by Universal Music Group on Nov. 11, it will feature the work of contemporary singer-songwriters including Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford.