Bootleg for the trophy case

Dylan’s Basement Tapes Complete are part stenography, part mystery

Posted: November 9, 2014 at 2:24 a.m.

Bob Dylan, photographed circa 1967, around the time he and members of The Band recorded a group of songs together that became known as The Basement Tapes. Bootlegged for several years, an album was finally issued in 1975. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series 11, a six-CD boxed set, was issued Nov. 2.

Bob Dylan, photographed circa 1967, around the time he and members of The Band recorded a group of songs together that became known as The Basement Tapes. Bootlegged for several years, an album was finally issued in 1975. The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series 11, a six-CD boxed set, was issued Nov. 2.

Probably the most accurate way to perceive last week's release of The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 (Columbia/Legacy), the 138-track archive of the 1967 sojourn into American roots music by Bob Dylan and the Hawks, the group of musicians who would become The Band, is as a cynical commercial venture designed to wring a little more discretionary income from baby boomers.

Bob Dylan and The Band The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11

Members of The Band — Richard Manuel (from left), Arkansas’ Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson — were photographed circa 1967 a...

Bob Dylan, circa 1967, around the time he was recording The Basement Tapes with The Band

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