The official release of The Basement Tapes -- which were first heard on a bootleg called The Great White Wonder -- plays with history somewhat, as Robbie Robertson overemphasizes the Band 's status in the sessions, making them out to be equally active to Dylanadding in demos not cut at the sessions and overdubbing their recordings to flesh them out.
As many bootlegs most notably the complete five-disc series reveal, this isn't entirely true and the Band were nowhere near as active as Dylanbut that ultimately is a bit like nitpicking, since the music here including the Band 's is astonishingly good.
The party line on The Basement Tapes is that it is Americana, as Dylan and the Band pick up the weirdness inherent in Sirens - I Legion - Pleiona folk, country, and blues tunes, but it transcends mere historical arcana through Low and Behold - Bob Dylan And His Band The Hawks - The Original Basement Tape lively, humorous, full-bodied performances.
Dylan never sounded as loose, nor was he ever as funny as he is here, and this positively revels in its weird, wild character. For all the apparent antecedents -- and the allusions are sly and obvious in equal measure -- this is truly Dylan 's show, as he majestically evokes old myths and creates new ones, resulting in a crazy quilt of blues, humor, folk, tall tales, inside jokes, and rock. The Band pretty much pick up where Dylan left off, even singing a couple of his tunes, but they play it a little straight, on both their rockers and ballads.
Not a bad thing at all, since this actually winds up providing context for the wild, mercurial brilliance of Dylan Low and Behold - Bob Dylan And His Band The Hawks - The Original Basement Tape work -- and, taken together, the results especially in this judiciously compiled form with its expert song selection, even if there's a bit too much Band rank among the greatest American music ever made.
Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Stream or buy on:. Recording Date June, - October, Track Listing - Disc 1. Odds and Ends. Bob Dylan. Orange Juice Blues Blues for Breakfast. Richard Manuel. Million Dollar Bash. Yazoo Street Scandal.
Robbie Robertson. Goin' to Acapulco. Katie's Been Gone. Lo and Behold! Bessie Smith. Clothes Line Saga. Apple Suckling Tree. Please, Mrs. Tears of Rage. Track Listing - Disc 2. Too Much of Nothing.
Heavy and a Bottle of Bread. Ain't No More Cane. Crash on the Levee Down in the Flood. Ruben Remus. Tiny Montgomery. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere. Don't Ya Tell Henry.
Nothing Was Delivered. Open the Door, Homer. Long Distance Operator. This Wheel's on Fire. Odds and Ends Bob Dylan. Spotify Amazon. Million Dollar Bash Bob Dylan. Yazoo Street Scandal Robbie Robertson. Goin' to Acapulco Bob Dylan. Clothes Line Saga Bob Dylan. Apple Suckling Tree Bob Dylan. Henry Bob Dylan. Too Much of Nothing Bob Dylan. Heavy and a Bottle of Bread Bob Dylan. Ain't No More Cane Traditional. Ruben Remus Robbie Robertson.
Tiny Montgomery Bob Dylan. Nothing Was Delivered Bob Dylan. Open 5.
Charleston - Debussy* / Gershwin* / Schulhoff* / Martinů* / Auric* / Copland* / Burian* / Satie* Door, Homer Bob Dylan.
Long Distance Operator Bob Dylan.