Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' to Be Released in Full

Bob Dylan's 'Basement Tapes' to Be Released in Full
There's no time like the present to dig into Bob Dylan's archives. Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, for example, sees artists like Elvis Costello, Jim James and Marcus Mumford reinterpret some newly discovered Bob Dylan lyrics. In addition to the new, however, there's also the old, and Bob Dylan's full Basement Tapes sessions are now set to be released in full.

The Basement Tapes was initially released in 1975 and featured home recordings dating back to 1967 in which he performed with the Band. Of the 100-plus songs recorded, however, only 24 made it to the release.

The new edition of The Basement Tapes includes an astonishing 138 tracks spread across six discs. There are 30 songs that were unknown to have even existed prior to the announcement of this release.

The entire Basement Tapes were contained on 20 reel-to-reel tapes, which were housed with the Band's Garth Hudson at his home in Woodstock. Ten years ago, he sold them to Canadian collector Jan Haust, who recently cut a deal with Dylan's office to reissue the material.

"They had deteriorated some and a few reels were missing," a source from Dylan's camp told Rolling Stone. "We had to find copies of a few on cassette and DATs."

That said, this is the most comprehensive release of The Basement Tapes imaginable. "Everything is coming out, besides four or five things that just sound like distortion," the source added. "We usually curate these packages more, but we knew the fans would be disappointed if we didn't put out absolutely everything."

The complete edition of The Basement Tapes will arrive on November 4. You can read the full tracklisting on the next page.

The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11:

Disc one:


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) 

Disc two:


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"

Disc three:


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)"

Disc four:


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"

Disc five:


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)"

Disc six:


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)"