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on 2 November 2007
As a somewhat obsessive researcher of written information and comments on the Band, I am familiar with a lot of the sources Sid Griffin used for this book. However, he does seem to have managed to get new talk about what went on in the basement - there is considerable information about the recording process Garth Hudson used and comments from experienced recording engineers about what was done. There are also some detailed notes, sometimes speculative, about who played what when, and who sang various backup vocals. I appreciate having this from skilled musician ears rather than my own guesses.

This book complements Greil Marcus's work on the topic. Marcus usually focuses on the history of Dylan's possible sources; Griffin concentrates on Dylan's results, and what went down on tape. One hopes that readers of this book have managed to track down some of the more recent bootlegs of the Basement Tapes; otherwise the book will only cause sadness and frustration.
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on 27 January 2010
Million Dollar Bash is a well crafted look at one of the most talked about and speculated about periods in Bob Dylans recording career.The background to how Dylan and The Band came to be in Woodstock is dealt with first. A map and descriptions of the area set the scene and capture the atmosphere of this most productive, protracted recording session. Dylan recuperating from his motorcycle accident sits down with probably the best band on the planet at the time, the result was The Basement Tapes and as is detailed here much, much more. A good half of the book analyzes the brilliant music they made with a track by track study much in the vein of Ian McDonalds 'Revolution In The Head' The detail is incredible but not boringly so as the author Sid Griffin of The Long Ryders and more recently The Coal Porters fame manages to inject humour(very funny at times) and his knowledge of the song writing/recording process into the mix. If you want to read about Bob Dylan and The Band making some fantastic music that influenced the whole Americana scene look no further.
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on 31 October 2009
Sid Griffin,founder of the Long Riders and later Coal Porters,has written a book about a mysterious area of Dylan music and it seems to be pretty complete.
After all since the rumors began in 1967 which were more to do with a motorbike accident these recordings have filtered in slowly to the U K.And though theres now a double album called The Basement Tapes we learn that there were over 200 songs,many unfinished,but you can see on the horizon the possibilities of another Bootleg Series.
In fact the first ever recordings from these sessions wafted their way to the collector on the first ever bootleg The Great White Wonder.
Meanwhile many of the songs were covered in the U K by Manfred Mann,the Brian Augur Trinity and an entire album by Coulson Dean McGuiness Flint .
Manfred Mann,named by Dylan as the best interpreters,were being sent demos from the States such as The Mighty Quinn.
Today its matter of fact
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At last we have the fullest possible guidebook to the legendary Basement Tapes. Griffin shines an often witty light on who sang and played what in the Basement of Big Pink, West Saugerties, NY 1967-68.

This is a fascinating book for Dylan fans (BobCats), Band fans (we're BandHeads) and all music-lovers curious to learn more about this wonderful episode in rock history.

If you have any of the music but feel hindered from listening further through 'mixed-up confusion', you can now make sense of these often chaotic pieces with help from Sid Griffin's detailed notes. The music becomes more enjoyable and more remarkable. We learn that the musicians (soon to be known as The Band) were so much more than just Dylan's back-up guys. And as The Band, they were one of the greatest groups ever.

Thanks to Sid Griffin, for a wonderful book. All music-lovers: Enjoy!
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on 30 April 2014
All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, item arrived in condition as described and I have no reason for complaint.
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on 8 July 2011
It's marvellous that someone is dedicating a book to probably one of the most mysterious and wonderful periods of Dylan's creativity but if only Sid Griffin's writing was as interesting and creative as the subject matter. The Basement Tapes deserves a much better response than a book that feels rushed and ill-conceived. There's no faulting Griffin's enthusiasm and research capabilities, but this feels like a wasted opportunity to me. Bring on someone with the insights and gravitas of Greil Marcus, Nick Kent or Lester Bangs.
Still, it's worth checking out if you are Basement Tapes aficionado simply because there doesn't seem to be much else out there
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