The Basement Tapes (album) by Bob Dylan & The Band

The Basement Tapes
The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan & The Band (1975)
Overall rank: 855th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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80/100 (from 285 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1975 (15th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (194th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (855th)
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The Basement Tapes is ranked as the best album by Bob Dylan & The Band.

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From Krokolito 12/29/2019 20:19
A musical portal.
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From OldToad 06/29/2019 03:27
Younger people say, "The bootleg series is the proper version." Older people say, "Oh it was all on bootleg, anyway, everybody had already heard it."

Not if you were 14 when this came out on LP, and didn't know what a bootleg was. This was like finding some sort of occult text from another world. I used to pour over every second of this version, trying to figure out exactly what it all meant, making up my own meanings, playing along on my acoustic. This is the version that brought Dylan to the teens of the 70s, along with Blood on the Tracks and Desire.

It's like the Memphis Jug Band came back to life in the late 60s. What an album.
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90/100
From musicologist97 11/01/2018 10:36
Dylan especially is inspired here.
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From Sandrof1969 02/16/2018 19:50
I "Basement tapes" di Dylan hanno il fascino rassicurante delle cose di una volta, col loro guardare alla tradizione della musica americana e con quell'assenza di produzione che li fa sembrare quello che in effetti sono, dei demo tapes appena un po' curati.
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From Jbalbinolr 11/18/2017 20:11
Amazing collaboration between 2 of my favorites artists.
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From garycottier 03/31/2016 20:02
This album has almost become obsolete with the release of the bootleg series version. Still, it's a good album in it's own right, but as it says on the tin, it's Bob Dylan and the band, not just Bob. About a third of the album features just the Band, the rest with Dylan. Million dollar bash, is nonsensical, but wonderful, and, clothes line saga, and, please Mrs. Henry are enjoyable. It is a fun album with The Band's, long distance operator, also fine. One of the best songs from the sessions was, sign on the cross, which we can now hear thanks to the bootleg series. Good stuff.
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From Dravahh 01/29/2016 18:09
Amazing!
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From MrsHippy 07/01/2015 06:09
Excellent! I can't stop listening to it. Timeless! One of my favorite albums of all time!
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From Jhef9312 05/16/2015 07:44
Caught on to this one later than the others. I think that's part of the reason it's so high on my list.
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From gtroda 02/14/2015 03:59
I know this is recognized as a masterpiece but I think the legend is better than the music really is. These recordings were never intended to be released and maybe a lot of them should have stayed that way. It's fun enough to listen to but it doesn't live up to the hype.
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