By David Chiu
The story behind the making of Bob Dylan and the Band’s The Basement Tapes from the 1967 recording sessions has been the stuff of legend. Now there’s a new wrinkle added to that historic period of both acts’ careers. On Tuesday, Sony/Legacy announced that the latest installment of Dylan’s Bootleg Series will be The Basement Tapes Complete, a mammoth 6-CD set of all the surviving music recorded during that time at the “Big Pink” house in West Saugerties, New York – certainly more music now than what was first officially released in its 1975 24-track incarnation. (There is also a two-disc abbreviated version The Basement Tapes Raw). According to the press release, the Band organist Garth Hudson was involved in the restoration of the tapes from the sessions.
On the same day of the announcement, Rolling Stone offered preview from the collection with this alternate version of “Odds and Ends” (listen here).
The Basement Tapes Complete, the 11th volume of The Bootleg Series, will be released on November 4.