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The Basement Tapes

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

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    The Best of the Basement

    I agree that this set isn't perfect. It could have used a couple more fast songs for one thing. However, this is one of the few times (the Wilbury albums were the others) that we see Bob Dylan working as part of a group. We also hear The Band just before their official debut. Robbie's guitar and Garth;s organ are as important to the overall sound as Bob's singing. I suspect that if all of the songs came out the impact of the sessions would be diluted. For anyone else this would be 5 star work. Because it is not quite Dylan or the Band's best I rate it 4 1/2 stars.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very fun if very imperfect

    In many ways, despite the "never meant for release" nature of these recordings, this 2 CD album is one of the most enjoyable Dylan albums. This is not an album for the casual Dylan fan but it is essential for the Dylan fanatic. Dylan and The Band sound like they are having a great time and the listener can't help but be caught up in the fun. These are not serious songs (for the most part) and it has the feel of musicians working out some old and new songs just because they are together and want to play. Yes, the very first bootleg (The Great White Wonder) included a few of these songs. That bootlegs existence was understandable as Dylan was in seclusion from mid 1966 to mid 1968, so the desire for new songs by Dylan was very high. It was great when Columbia made this official release of those songs, but it needs to be reexamined by the studio. Even now there are several bootlegs of Basement Tapes that did not make it to these two CD's and in this age of complete recordings; it is long overdue for a box set of the entire Basement Tapes. But until that happens (if at all) these two CD's are a pleasure.

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