It's difficult to overstate how much of a cultural icon Bob Dylan is. What's even more difficult is to say why and how he became such a centerpiece of american music. Books could be written on this. But my theory is that like Elvis and many of the earlier rock and roll legends, Bob Dylan served as a gateway to music that your average american kid simply did not have access to at the time. And in these basement tape recordings, you hear those gates swinging open. Yeah, it's a very young Bob Dylan with a marginal voice standard issue band. But you hear him echoing strains of blues artists form yesteryear at the same time and it's amazing because it makes you think, yeah, I could make that music too or yeah, I can dig that.
These are part of the basement tape recordings series and they have been cleaned up a lot from the original masters. It's 38 tracks in all and every single one of them is worth a listen in one way or another. I'm adding "Odds and Ends (Alternate version Take 1)," "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Take 1)," "Ain't No More Cane (Alternate Version Take 2)," "Dress It Up, Better Have It All," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "I Shall Be Released (Take 1)" to rotation.
- "Aint' No More Cane" is featured on Americana Music Show #230.
- "Odds and Ends ((Alternate Version) Take 1)" is featured on Americana Music Show #248.
Preview The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 by Bob Dylan on Amazon.