The performers from the album standing next to recording equipment

Ranking All 39 Bob Dylan Studio Albums- #14 – The Basement Tapes. Bob Dylan’s 16th album. Released on June 26, 1975. 5 Stars.

The countdown so far 39- Dylan -1973 38- Down In The Groove -1988 37-Knocked Out Loaded- 1986 36-Christmas In The Heart- 2009 35-Under A Red Sky- 1990 34-Saved- 1980 33-Fallen Angels 2016 32- Good As I Been To You- 1992 31- World Gone Wrong 1993 30- Triplicate 2017. 29- Shadows In The Night. 2015 28- Self Portrait 1970- 27- Bob Dylan- Bob Dylan 1962, 26- Empire Burlesque 1985, 25- Street Legal 1978, 24- Nashville Skyline 1969 23- Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid 1973- 22- Shot Of Love 1981 21. New Morning- 1970 20. Rough And Rowdy Ways -2020, #19- Tempest 2012 18. Together Through Life 2009 #17- Another Side Of Bob Dylan 1964 #16 -Infidels 1983 #15- Planet Waves 1974 and now #14- The Basement Tapes 1975.

The Basement Tapes- were the legendary demos that Bob Dylan and The Band recorded at The Band’s Big Pink House- in Saugerties, New York from June- September 1967. This was following Dylan’s mysterious motorcycle accident in 1966. Dylan was out of the spotlight and what was happening with him was at the time a mystery. The music Bob and The Band made wouldn’t be released for nearly eight years- but bootlegs of the recordings had been out there a long time and after the success of Blood On The Tracks earlier in the year Columbia finally released The Basement Tapes [not the entire recordings that would come decades later.} What was released was an edited version- two dozen songs in total- of the over 100 songs which they had recorded. It may not have been what everyone at the time was hoping for but 1/4th of the songs were better than nothing. Five of the songs in the collection are from The Band- certainly nothing wrong with that- at the time The Band had yet to issue their debut album. The best way to describe this album is to call it what would be later called Americana music.


  1. Excellent! What I have is: The Bootleg Series Vol 11 Bob Dylan and The Band The Basement Tapes Raw, described on the box as: “The ‘Basement Tapes’ have existed in many different versions — from bootlegs to an official release in 1975. Here they are for the first time, raw, original, untouched, with no overdubs — sounding as close as possible to the 1967 sessions that spawned the legend.” There are two discs and each disc has 19 songs on it. When I listen to it, I feel like I’m sitting in the same room with them. When time machines exist….

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