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Bob Dylan announces expanded 'Basement Tapes Complete' with 138 songs

The cover of Bob Dylan's "The Basement Tapes Complete."
The cover of Bob Dylan's "The Basement Tapes Complete."Columbia/Legacy Recordings - used by permission.

Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings announced Aug. 26 it will release Bob Dylan's “The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11” Nov. 4. The full set will contain six CDs with 138 tracks taken from Dylan's 1967 recording sessions with The Band and compiled from the original tapes with many unreleased tracks. A two-disc CD and three-album vinyl set series of highlights will also be released.

The Basement Tapes were first released as a bootleg, “The Great White Wonder,” on Rubber Dubber Records in 1969. In 2001, Rolling Stone listed the various releases of the tapes as one of the 10 best Bob Dylan bootlegs, but author Andy Greene wrote that sources had told him there were 10 discs worth of material. “Not only do you get to hear Dylan and the Band going on a journey through the history of American music on covers ranging from Hank Williams' 'You Win Again' to Johnny Cash’s 'Folsom Prison Blues,' but you get to hear Dylan at his most relaxed and silly as he cracks himself up singing an impromptu song fans have labeled 'See You Later, Allen Ginsberg,' he wrote.

Columbia first released 16 songs from the tapes legitimately in 1975 as “The Basement Tapes.” It went Top 10 in the U.S. and UK and received much critical praise. But fans knew that the release wasn't even close to the entire output of music made during the sessions. According to Columbia/Legacy, “The Basement Tapes Complete” will feature “every salvageable recording from the tapes, including recently discovered early gems recorded in the 'Red Room' of Dylan's home in upstate New York.”

According to the label, Garth Hudson of the Band worked with Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust to restore the deteriorating tapes to pristine sound. The set features “The Basement Tapes Complete” as intact as possible, the label says, with the sound as close to the way they were originally recorded and sounded back in the summer of 1967, and also mostly in chronological order.

BOB DYLAN - THE BASEMENT TAPES COMPLETE: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 11

(all songs written by Bob Dylan unless otherwise noted)

CD 1

  • 1. Edge of the Ocean
  • 2. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It (written by Clarence Williams)
  • 3. Roll on Train
  • 4. Mr. Blue (written by Dewayne Blackwell)
  • 5. Belshazzar (written by Johnny Cash)
  • 6. I Forgot to Remember to Forget (written by Charlie A Feathers and Stanley A Kesler)
  • 7. You Win Again (written by Hank Williams)
  • 8. Still in Town (written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard)
  • 9. Waltzing with Sin (written by Sonny Burns and Red Hayes)
  • 10. Big River (Take 1) (written by Johnny Cash)
  • 11. Big River (Take 2) (written by Johnny Cash)
  • 12. Folsom Prison Blues (written by Johnny Cash)
  • 13. Bells of Rhymney (written by Idris Davies and Peter Seeger)
  • 14. Spanish is the Loving Tongue
  • 15. Under Control
  • 16. Ol' Roison the Beau (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 17. I'm Guilty of Loving You
  • 18. Cool Water (written by Bob Nolan)
  • 19. The Auld Triangle (written by Brendan Francis Behan)
  • 20. Po' Lazarus (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 21. I'm a Fool for You (Take 1)
  • 22. I'm a Fool for You (Take 2)

CD 2

  • 1. Johnny Todd (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 2. Tupelo (written by John Lee Hooker)
  • 3. Kickin' My Dog Around (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 4. See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 1)
  • 5. See You Later Allen Ginsberg (Take 2)
  • 6. Tiny Montgomery
  • 7. Big Dog
  • 8. I'm Your Teenage Prayer
  • 9. Four Strong Winds (written by Ian Tyson)
  • 10. The French Girl (Take 1) (written by Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson)
  • 11. The French Girl (Take 2) (written by Ian Tyson and Sylvia Tyson)
  • 12. Joshua Gone Barbados (written by Eric Von Schmidt)
  • 13. I'm in the Mood (written by Bernard Besman and John Lee Hooker)
  • 14. Baby Ain't That Fine (written by Dallas Frazier)
  • 15. Rock, Salt and Nails (written by Bruce Phillips)
  • 16. A Fool Such As I (written by William Marvin Trader)
  • 17. Song for Canada (written by Pete Gzowski and Ian Tyson)
  • 18. People Get Ready (written by Curtis L Mayfield)
  • 19. I Don't Hurt Anymore (written By Donald I Robertson and Walter E Rollins)
  • 20. Be Careful of Stones That You Throw (written by Benjamin Lee Blankenship)
  • 21. One Man's Loss
  • 22. Lock Your Door
  • 23. Baby, Won't You be My Baby
  • 24. Try Me Little Girl
  • 25. I Can't Make it Alone
  • 26. Don't You Try Me Now

CD 3

  • 1. Young but Daily Growing (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 2. Bonnie Ship the Diamond (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 3. The Hills of Mexico (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 4. Down on Me (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 5. One for the Road
  • 6. I'm Alright
  • 7. Million Dollar Bash (Take 1)
  • 8. Million Dollar Bash (Take 2)
  • 9. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Take 1)
  • 10. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Take 2)
  • 11. I'm Not There
  • 12. Please Mrs. Henry
  • 13. Crash on the Levee (Take 1)
  • 14. Crash on the Levee (Take 2)
  • 15. Lo and Behold! (Take 1)
  • 16. Lo and Behold! (Take 2)
  • 17. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Take 1)
  • 18. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Take 2)
  • 19. I Shall be Released (Take 1)
  • 20. I Shall be Released (Take 2)
  • 21. This Wheel's on Fire (written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko)
  • 22. Too Much of Nothing (Take 1)
  • 23. Too Much of Nothing (Take 2)

CD 4

  • 1. Tears of Rage (Take 1) (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
  • 2. Tears of Rage (Take 2) (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
  • 3. Tears of Rage (Take 3) (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
  • 4. Quinn the Eskimo (Take 1)
  • 5. Quinn the Eskimo (Take 2)
  • 6. Open the Door Homer (Take 1)
  • 7. Open the Door Homer (Take 2)
  • 8. Open the Door Homer (Take 3)
  • 9. Nothing Was Delivered (Take 1)
  • 10. Nothing Was Delivered (Take 2)
  • 11. Nothing Was Delivered (Take 3)
  • 12. All American Boy (written by Bobby Bare)
  • 13. Sign on the Cross
  • 14. Odds and Ends (Take 1)
  • 15. Odds and Ends (Take 2)
  • 16. Get Your Rocks Off
  • 17. Clothes Line Saga
  • 18. Apple Suckling Tree (Take 1)
  • 19. Apple Suckling Tree (Take 2)
  • 20. Don't Ya Tell Henry
  • 21. Bourbon Street

CD 5

  • 1. Blowin' in the Wind
  • 2. One Too Many Mornings
  • 3. A Satisfied Mind (written by Joe Hayes and Jack Rhodes)
  • 4. It Ain't Me, Babe
  • 5. Ain't No More Cane (Take 1) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 6. Ain't No More Cane (Take 2) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 7. My Woman She's A-Leavin'
  • 8. Santa-Fe
  • 9. Mary Lou, I Love You Too
  • 10. Dress it up, Better Have it All
  • 11. Minstrel Boy
  • 12. Silent Weekend
  • 13. What's it Gonna be When it Comes Up
  • 14. 900 Miles from My Home (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 15. Wildwood Flower (written by A.P. Carter)
  • 16. One Kind Favor (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 17. She'll be Coming Round the Mountain (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 18. It's the Flight of the Bumblebee
  • 19. Wild Wolf
  • 20. Goin' to Acapulco
  • 21. Gonna Get You Now
  • 22. If I Were A Carpenter (written by James Timothy Hardin)
  • 23. Confidential (written by Dorina Morgan)
  • 24. All You Have to do is Dream (Take 1)
  • 25. All You Have to do is Dream (Take 2)

CD 6

  • 1. 2 Dollars and 99 Cents
  • 2. Jelly Bean
  • 3. Any Time
  • 4. Down by the Station
  • 5. Hallelujah, I've Just Been Moved (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 6. That's the Breaks
  • 7. Pretty Mary
  • 8. Will the Circle be Unbroken (written by A.P. Carter)
  • 9. King of France
  • 10. She's on My Mind Again
  • 11. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 12. On a Rainy Afternoon
  • 13. I Can't Come in with a Broken Heart
  • 14. Next Time on the Highway
  • 15. Northern Claim
  • 16. Love is Only Mine
  • 17. Silhouettes (written by Bob Crewe and Frank C Slay Jr.)
  • 18. Bring it on Home
  • 19. Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 20. The Spanish Song (Take 1)
  • 21. The Spanish Song (Take 2)

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BOB DYLAN- THE BASEMENT TAPES RAW: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 11

(all songs written by Bob Dylan unless otherwise noted)

CD 1

  • 1. Open the Door, Homer (Restored version)
  • 2. Odds and Ends (Alternate version)
  • 3. Million Dollar Bash (Alternate version)
  • 4. One Too Many Mornings (Unreleased)
  • 5. I Don't Hurt Anymore (Unreleased) (written by Donald I Robertson and Walter E Rollins)
  • 6. Ain't No More Cane (Alternate version) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 7. Crash on the Levee (Restored version)
  • 8. Tears of Rage (Without overdubs) (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
  • 9. Dress it up, Better Have it All (Unreleased)
  • 10. I'm Not There (Previously released)
  • 11. Johnny Todd (Unreleased) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 12. Too Much of Nothing (Alternate version)
  • 13. Quinn the Eskimo (Restored version)
  • 14. Get Your Rocks Off (Unreleased)
  • 15. Santa-Fe (Previously released)
  • 16. Silent Weekend (Unreleased)
  • 17. Clothes Line Saga (Restored version)
  • 18. Please, Mrs. Henry (Restored version)
  • 19. I Shall be Released (Restored version)

CD 2

  • 1. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Alternate version)
  • 2. Lo and Behold! (Alternate version)
  • 3. Minstrel Boy (Previously released)
  • 4. Tiny Montgomery (Without overdubs)
  • 5. All You Have to do is Dream (Unreleased)
  • 6. Goin' to Acapulco (Without overdubs)
  • 7. 900 Miles from My Home (Unreleased) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
  • 8. One for the Road (Unreleased)
  • 9. I'm Alright (Unreleased)
  • 10. Blowin' in the Wind (Unreleased)
  • 11. Apple Suckling Tree (Restored version)
  • 12. Nothing Was Delivered (Restored version)
  • 13. Folsom Prison Blues (Unreleased) (written by Johnny Cash)
  • 14. This Wheel's on Fire (Without overdubs) (written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko)
  • 15. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Restored version)
  • 16. Don't Ya Tell Henry (Alternate version)
  • 17. Baby, Won't You be My Baby (Unreleased)
  • 18. Sign on the Cross (Unreleased)
  • 19. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Without overdubs)

Musicians: Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm

(Lead vocals are sung by Bob Dylan. Harmony and instrumentation are unknown because all involved were multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, and no records remain.)