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.
Members of The Band — Richard Manuel (from left), Arkansas’ Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson — were photographed circa 1967 around the time they recorded with Bob Dylan. The songs were issued in 1975 as The Basement Tapes. On Nov. 2, Legacy released a six-CD boxed set version.
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Print Headline: Bootleg for the trophy case