Since there is such an enormous amount of material - I shall paste a list of tracks off "THE BASEMENT TAPES" Collection - most of them new to me. Choose a song randomly based on the title and slowly explore the work - that is my intention. If you find a track that resonates - please research and post it in the thread - that, so I don't have to do all the work!
THE BASEMENT TAPES COMPLETE: THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 11
The definitive chronicle of Dylan’s legendary 1967 sessions with The BandHistoric 6-disc set includes 138 tracks Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes Exclusive 120 page deluxe-bound book containing rare and unseen photographs and memorabilia.
Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes – many found only recently - this historic six-disc set is the definitive chronicle of the artist's legendary 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band.
Among Bob Dylan's many cultural milestones, the legendary Basement Tapes have long fascinated and enticed successive generations of musicians, fans and cultural critics alike. Having transformed music and culture during the early 1960s, Dylan reached unparalleled heights across 1965 and 1966 through the release of three historic albums, the groundbreaking watershed single "Like A Rolling Stone," a controversial and legendary 'electric' performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and wildly polarizing tours of the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. Dylan's mercurial rise and prodigious outpouring of work during that decade came to an abrupt halt in July 1966 when he was reported to have been in a serious motorcycle accident in upstate New York.
Recovering from his injuries and away from the public eye for the first time in years, Dylan ensconced himself, along with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and, later, Levon Helm, in the basement of a small house, dubbed "Big Pink" by the group, in West Saugerties, New York. This collective, which would come to be known as Bob Dylan and The Band, recorded more than a hundred songs over the next several months including traditional covers, wry and humorous ditties, off-the cuff performances and, most important, dozens of newly-written Bob Dylan songs, including future classics "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," "This Wheel's On Fire" and "You Ain't Going Nowhere."
When rumors and rare acetates of some of these recordings began surfacing, it created a curiosity strong enough to fuel an entirely new segment of the music business: the bootleg record. In 1969, an album mysteriously titled Great White Wonder began showing up in record shops around the country, and Dylan's music from the summer of 1967 began seeping into the fabric of popular culture, penetrating the souls of music lovers everywhere. With each passing year, more and more fans sought out this rare contraband, desperate to hear this new music from the legendary Bob Dylan. The actual recordings, however, remained commercially unavailable until 1975, when Columbia Records released a scant 16 of them on The Basement Tapes album (that album also included eight new songs by The Band, without Dylan). A critical and popular success, The Basement Tapes went Top 10 in the US and UK, with John Rockwell, of The New York Times, calling it "one of the greatest albums in the history of American popular music," Paul Nelson, in Rolling Stone, praising the tracks as "the hardest, toughest, sweetest, saddest, funniest, wisest songs I know"' and the Washington Post noting that "...Dylan has to rank as the single greatest artist modern American pop music has produced." Robert Christgau gave the album an A+ rating in the Village Voice, where it topped the annual Pazz & Jop Critics Poll. Over the years, the songs on The Basement Tapes have haunted and perplexed fans, with the recordings themselves representing a Holy Grail for Dylanologists. What's on the rest of those reels? The Basement Tapes Complete brings together, for the first time ever, every salvageable recording from the tapes including recently discovered early gems recorded in the "Red Room" of Dylan's home in upstate New York. Garth Hudson worked closely with Canadian music archivist and producer Jan Haust to restore the deteriorating tapes to pristine sound, with much of this music preserved digitally for the first time The decision was made to present The Basement Tapes Complete as intact as possible. Also, unlike the official 1975 release, these performances are presented as close as possible to the way they were originally recorded and sounded back in the summer of 1967. The tracks on The Basement Tapes Complete run in mostly chronological order based on Garth Hudson's numbering system.
Track Listings: 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)
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
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)
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
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)
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)
In generosity and helping others be like a river. RUMI
What a lovely tribute from another possible contender fir the Nobel Prize:
Dylan’s songwriting peer and friend Leonard Cohen suggested on Thursday that no prizes were necessary to recognise the greatness of the man who transformed pop music with records like Highway 61 Revisited. “To me,” he said, “[the Nobel] is like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain.”