A new, massive box set released Friday documents Bob Dylan’s whirlwind year of 1965 and 1966. While this compilation offers many examples of how masterpieces emerged in the recording studio, it also brings fans perhaps the greatest incomplete song in Dylan’s canon.
Here’s a review of the most important songs every music fan should hear from Bob Dylan and the Band’s new “Basement Tapes” box set.
Nearly 50 years after a batch of rogue home recordings transformed the pop-music world, Bob Dylan has finally released a box set of the legendary “Basement Tapes,” including nearly all of the songs set on tape with the Band in Woodstock, N.Y. area. After all this time, the only real surprise here might be taking in how important these recordings wound up being.
Once, Robbie Robertson was a rare ’60s musical triple threat: guitar ace, songwriting visionary and master orchestrator of talent. Now, his new solo album, “How To Become Clairvoyant,” is easily the most vanilla creation of his solo career.
A diverse roster of faded rock legends, country music idols and modern-day hitmakers have come together on a new tribute album to pay respect to ’60s country-rock granddadies, the Band. Soundbytes’ David Hyland lets readers know what kind of shape this album is in.
With last week’s Bob Dylan documentary still fresh in listeners’ minds, a brand new box set devoted to seminal ’60s combo (and former Dylan sidemen) the Band seeks to reemphasize this largely forgotten group’s place in rock history. Boasting five CDs, one DVD, David judges the weight.
Thirty years after he was part of turning rock music on its head, Rick Danko, bassist and vocalist for the Band, died on Dec. 10. Though Danko’s and the Band’s fame have been mostly forgotten in recent years, their legacy and vital importance in rock music can’t be understated.