The Basement Tapes has been added to your Basket
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
Quantity:1

Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Basket
£6.66
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20.00. Details
Sold by: MediaMerchants
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £8.99

The Basement Tapes Original recording remastered

4.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

Price: £6.68 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.
AutoRip is available only for eligible CDs and vinyl sold by Amazon EU Sarl (but does not apply to gift orders or PrimeNow orders). See Terms and Conditions for full details, including costs which may apply for the MP3 version in case of order returns or cancellations.
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
Complete your purchase to add the MP3 version to your Amazon music library. Provided by Amazon EU S.à r.l.
50 new from £4.72 4 used from £6.03
£6.68 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • The Basement Tapes
  • +
  • Lost On The River
Total price: £16.40
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD (29 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B001EIBBAA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
1:47
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
2
30
3:39
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
3
30
2:31
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
4
30
3:29
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
5
30
5:27
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
6
30
2:46
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
7
30
2:46
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
8
30
4:18
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
9
30
2:58
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
10
30
2:48
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
11
30
2:33
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
12
30
4:15
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
Disc 2
1
30
3:04
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
2
30
2:15
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
3
30
3:58
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
4
30
2:04
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
5
30
3:15
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
6
30
2:46
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
7
30
2:42
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
8
30
3:12
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
9
30
4:23
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
10
30
2:49
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
11
30
3:39
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
12
30
3:52
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
All Dylan fans know the history of The Basement Tapes, for me one of the cornerstones of Dylan's collected works. Why, when they're not even a proper album? Because they show him relaxed and playing some different styles of music with friends, away from the pressures of touring and the recording studio.

This `official' set has many of the best Basement songs, with some strange exceptions such as Quinn the Eskimo and I Shall Be Released, which came out many years later in The Bootleg Series. However, you're still left with some great, not so great, unusual, funny , low fi, risqué and silly songs which never seem to lose their appeal.

The vocal and instrumental interplay between Bob and The Band (at the time, probably not known as such) is delightful. Clothes Line Saga epitomises the attraction of the set: Dylan's deadpan but humorous narrative counter-pointed with some lovely guitar lines from Robertson. Or take Tears of Rage, with lovely high harmonies from the late Richard Manuel.

The general critical view is that the songs by The Band didn't belong in this collection, as they weren't recorded in the Basement and were probably demos for Music From Big Pink. True, they have much better sound than the Basement tracks, butI don't care because there are some real gems here: Orange Juice Blues, Bessie Smith, Ain't No More Cane to name a few.

This album is quite unlike any other Dylan music, with the possible exception of Love and Theft. It's rootsy, rocky, laid back and bluesy, but sounds nothing like its predecessor, Blonde on Blonde, or its successor, John Wesley Harding.

PS If you can track down the 'unofficial' Basement songs, it's worth it. The complete sessions have the qualities of this set, but in greater measure - especially the goofs and mucking about. For example, Get Your Rocks Off is a long lost classic which deserves official release and She's Not There is brilliant.
Comment 46 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
This 1975 anthology of Bob Dylan & The Band's basement recordings was rightly hailed as a classic on its release. The sessions of 1967 in West Saugerties, NY had acquired an aura and mystique and their allure was only heightened further when bootleg recordings of these sessions escaped into the public, creating a demand for an authentic, official release. Much has been written, many have speculated as to why Dylan waited until 1975 to sanction the release. His involvement in the track selection was reputedly minimal or noncommittal, depending on who you believe. Following the release and huge critical and commercial success of "The Basement Tapes", fans and Dylanologists began weighing in with criticisms about the inauthenticity of the album. According to the liner notes, the 24 tracks were supposedly recorded in the basement of Big Pink during the summer of 1967. Of course, sharp-eared listeners could already discern a sharp contrast between the raw production of the Dylan/Band collaborations against the more obviously studio-produced sound of the Band only tracks. Naturally, fans felt duped and exploited. They wanted the authentic, original recordings and they wanted the lot. Over the years, fans have relied on fan-made bootleg releases and it would seem that all the recordings have been circulating unofficially for quite some time. And now, after a 47-year wait, an official release of all the original basement recordings is imminent in November 2014, 6 CDs worth in the deluxe edition of The Bootleg Series Vol. 11.

And what of the 1975 collection? Does anyone still listen to it? We know that Robbie Robertson compiled the 24 tracks, which makes him either a hero or a villain depending on who you talk to.
Read more ›
Comment 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
While the music on this 2CD set is wonderful, it is only a small and not necessarily the best part of the story. If you have heard the 5cd complete Basement set you will know that a great deal of better music has been left off this, I'm Not There 1956 being a case in point. The rip off part, this 2cd set would fit easily on a single disc at a much lower price.
Comment 40 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
i was amazed while listening to the basement tapes. i had read some reviews and i had become intrugued, but i wouldn't ever expect such an experience and pleasure! what you can hear here is a totally new and different perspective of dylan and the band. actually the "sound" has something i never catched listening to the "official" dylan/band records, namely the connection to the music from the other coast, mostly gerry garcia's grateful dead and the jefferson airplane...
the choral, freely articulate and softly emptathetic way the "basement" music sounds in a kaleidoscopic mix, and the very athmosphere of that sound brings up a "deja entendu", other-than-dylanian perception; you stop and wonder where you have heard that already, and it doesn't take long before you go and flip into the player some of the airplane's and garcia, and there it is! they combine!
no wonder: it's stuff from the same period, but one would never expect this coast-to-coast connection. sure, it's just a connection, but to my taste it sounds like a strong one and a one which you hardly get to when listening to the more definite/definitive, structured, i daresay somewhat colder sound we're used to with dylan and the band's recordings.
well, all this is about my personal and maybe naive discovery, but as for the basement tapes themselves, just let me say: get'em and enjoy listening! marino -bobo- romeo.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Customer Discussions



Look for similar items by category


Feedback