Bob Dylan and The Band's 138-Track Basement Tapes Complete Coming (A Top Story)
The six-disc set, including 138 tracks, is available for pre-order at Amazon and iTunes. The collection draws from Dylan's legendary 1967 sessions with the musicians who would later name themselves "The Band."
But for those who are unfamiliar with that era in Dylan history, here's some context: After a few years as one of pop's most significant voices in the '60s, Dylan took a break in July of 1966, when he was reported to have been injured in a motorcycle accident (Dylanologists have long debated whether or not that was just a ruse).
What is agreed upon is that Dylan retreated to upstate New York, where he recorded lots of new music (reportedly over a hundred songs) 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. Their recordings included traditional covers as well as dozens of newly written Bob Dylan songs, including "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," "This Wheel's On Fire" and "You Ain't Going Nowhere."
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