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.