Check Out a Previously Unreleased Bob Dylan Track From ‘The Basement Tapes’
On Nov. 4, Columbia Records will release 'The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11' by Bob Dylan. This treasure trove of recordings -- from the much fabled sessions with members of the Band in 1967 -- has long been a favorite topic among Dylan-o-philes. We now have another taste from the forthcoming box set in the form of 'Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread' (via Brooklyn Vegan). Stream it below:
It's a wild little tune, full of absurdly humorous lyrics only Dylan could put together, like, "It’s a one-track town, just brown, and a breeze, too / Pack up the meat, sweet, we’re headin’ out for Wichita in a pile of fruit."
This alternate take features a somewhat more aggressive and upbeat vocal from Dylan, while the acoustic guitar and piano are also more pronounced than on the released version from the 1975 'The Basement Tapes' album, which has the song somewhat buried in reverb. This alternate take is a killer, and we await the new box set with great anticipation.
'Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread' is but one of the 138 tracks found on 'The Basement Tapes Complete,' and despite it's relative obscurity, Dylan has, from time to time, included this in his live shows as recently as 2002.