“The Basement Tapes” by Bob Dylan and The Band - album review

features in: (B-list) Album Chart of 1975(B-list) Album Chart of the 1970s

TJR says

Bob Dylan’s second LP back at Columbia, and his second of 1975, was a tricky one to handle for my discography rules. Whilst all material is new to Bob’s album story, it is basically eight years past its recording date and thereby relegated to “b-list” status. However, many others regard this as a new Dylan proper, especially since overdub work was done on many of the tracks in 1975. These were Bob’s first recordings post “Blonde On Blonde”, his first recordings after his motorbike accident in the summer of ’66, recordings which spanned several months from the Spring of 1967 onwards. The involvement of The Band pulls Bob away from his left field leanings towards a more contemporary centre ground, although many would describe the genre as “alt. country”. I guess it depends on your perspective. Alternative in terms of the fact that it ain’t all polished in the studio, maybe. The album further struggles with credibility given the fact that only 16 of the 24 recordings actually feature Bob and 8 are solely Band pieces recorded between 1967 and 1975. The '75 overdubs were added to songs from both categories. “The Basement Tapes”, at 76 minutes runtime, can be a bit of a chore at times, but is well worth a dig through for some great moments and some which are not so great but historically interesting all the same. Good stuff all in all, though if I was a Dylan fan in ’75 I’d only be mildly interested – and much more keen to hear his real new material…

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A1 [01:46] 5.8.png Bob Dylan - Odds And Ends [take 2, additional overdubs] (Robert Zimmerman) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A2 [03:37] 5.6.png Bob Dylan - Orange Juice Blues (Blues For Breakfast) [additional overdubs] (Richard Manuel) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A3 [02:31] 8.2.png Bob Dylan - Million Dollar Bash [take 2] (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana
A4 [03:27] 5.9.png Bob Dylan - Yazoo Street Scandal (Robbie Robertson) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A5 [05:26] 6.7.png Bob Dylan - Goin’ To Acapulco (Robert Zimmerman) Soul Ballad
A6 [02:43] 5.6.png Bob Dylan - Katie’s Been Gone (Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson) Cerebral Pop
B1 [02:45] 8.0.png Bob Dylan - Lo And Behold [take 2] (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana
B2 [04:17] 6.7.png Bob Dylan - Bessie Smith (Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson) Folk Rock / Americana
B3 [02:56] 6.6.png Bob Dylan - Clothesline Saga [take 1, additional overdubs] (Robert Zimmerman) Folk
B4 [02:48] 7.2.png Bob Dylan - Apple Suckling Tree [take 2] (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana
B5 [02:31] 6.9.png Bob Dylan - Please, Mrs. Henry [take 2] (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana
B6 [04:11] 5.1.png Bob Dylan - Tears Of Rage [take 3] (Robert Zimmerman, Richard Manuel) Songwriter
C1 [03:01] 7.5.png Bob Dylan - Too Much Of Nothing [take 1] (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana
C2 [02:13] 9.2.png Bob Dylan - Yea Heavy And A Bottle Of Bread [take 2] (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana
C3 [03:56] 5.7.png Bob Dylan - Ain’t No More Cane (Traditional) Folk Rock / Americana
C4 [02:03] 8.0.png Bob Dylan - Crash On The Levee (Down In The Flood) [take 2] (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana
C5 [03:13] 5.0.png Bob Dylan - Ruben Remus (Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
C6 [02:45] 8.9.png Bob Dylan - Tiny Montgomery (Robert Zimmerman) Folk
D1 [02:42] 7.3.png Bob Dylan - You Ain’t Going Nowhere [take 2, additional overdubs] (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana
D2 [03:12] 4.5.png Bob Dylan - Don’t Ya Tell Henry (Robert Zimmerman) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
D3 [04:22] 5.4.png Bob Dylan - Nothing Was Delivered [take 2] (Robert Zimmerman) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
D4 [02:49] 5.5.png Bob Dylan - Open The Door, Homer [take 1] (Robert Zimmerman) Folk Rock / Americana
D5 [03:38] 6.1.png Bob Dylan - Long Distance Operator (Robert Zimmerman) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
D6 [03:49] 8.0.png Bob Dylan - This Wheel’s On Fire (Robert Zimmerman, Rick Danko) Folk Rock / Americana

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