Hear an Alternate Take of Bob Dylan’s ‘Lo and Behold’ From ‘The Basement Tapes’
The legend of 'The Basement Tapes' looms large in the history of all things Bob Dylan. Those rambling sessions featuring Dylan along with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm, a.k.a., the Band, began following his motorcycle accident in 1967, and would yield hours of recordings, featuring more than a hundred songs.
In 1975, a two album set was compiled and made available, but that barely scratched the surface. Over the years, countless bootlegs have made the rounds, each one finding a few more pieces of the puzzle. The forthcoming six-CD set, 'The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11,' may be the final word on the subject, and a preview of one of the tracks has just been made available.
'Lo And Behold' was a high point of the original 1975 release, and we now have the official release of an alternate version of the jaunty tune. Though these sessions have been bootlegged time and again, the sound quality here far surpasses any of those gray area releases, whetting the appetite for the whole enchilada box set.
These sessions from 1967 included songs that would make the rounds by other artists before the public at large heard the Dylan originals. Songs like 'The Mighty Quinn,' 'I Shall Be Released,' and 'This Wheel's On Fire.' One of, if not the very first, rock and roll bootleg albums, 'Great White Wonder,' was culled form these legendary sessions.
'The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11' is a dream come true for Dylan fanatics, featuring over 100 tracks from the sessions, remastered and running in chronological order. Every salvageable recording from the tapes, including recently discovered early gems are included. The sessions show all the players in a low key, often humorous mood on the wide array of songs. Get details on the release here.