Ok, let’s try to recap. As you surely know, Bob Dylan and the Band recorded a wealth of material together in 1967 at Dylan’s upstate New York home that was compiled as The Basement Tapes when some of it was finally officially released in 1975. Both before that release and after, the material was widely bootlegged with the full collection never coming out in one comprehensive, official package.
But as you surely know by now, that will change on November 4 with the first-ever release of the complete Basement Tapes material, The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, comprising six CDs and 138 tracks, 30 of which have never before been made public.
Then, the week after, we’ll have Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, for which a laundry list of stars (including Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, Jim James, T Bone Burnett, Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens and even Johnny Depp) came together to set recently rediscovered Dylan lyrics to music.
Then – we’re not done yet – on November 21, Showtime will premiere its new documentary, Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, which goes behind the scenes of Lost on the River. For now – as you look back wistfully upon this naive era before the flood that is The Great Basement Tapes Revival of 2014 – you can enjoy this clip from the documentary of Costello, Mumford, James, Burnett and Giddens executing “Sixth Months in Kansas City (Liberty Street).”