Dylan Fans Rejoice: 'Basement Tapes' Being Released
6-disc collection comes out Nov. 4, features 138 tracks
By Shelley Hazen, Newser User
Posted Aug 27, 2014 12:44 PM CDT
In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Bob Dylan performs in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

(Newser) – Bob Dylan once said that a rough collection of 138 songs he recorded with the Band at his home in 1967 should probably be destroyed. But the "Basement Tapes" are the stuff of legend and obsession for devoted Dylan fans, and now, every song has been remastered, arranged in the original playing order, and will be released on a six-disc collection. "The stuff that people haven't heard justifies, in every way, shape, and form, all the hype, hubris, and myth that surrounds these tapes," one musician tells Rolling Stone.

The tapes were recorded at Dylan's home Hi Lo Ha in upstate New York, the basement/garage of a nearby house dubbed Big Pink, and the Woodstock home of the Band's bassist and drummer. "We were playing with absolute freedom. We weren't doing anything we thought anyone else would ever hear, as long as we lived," says guitarist Robbie Robertson. RollingStone.com has a complete track listing and a sample track. The collection will be released Nov. 4.

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Sep 1, 2014 12:07 AM CDT
I was a late teen in the sixties, and I thought bob Dylan was a nothing. I didn't know what was so great about him, no matter much weed I smoked. How does it feel? To be so stupid?
Aug 27, 2014 2:24 PM CDT
Real Zimmie fans have had these for years.
Aug 27, 2014 1:59 PM CDT
I'll have it as soon as I figure out how to steal it off you tube.