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Bob Dylan and The Band's 'Basement Tapes' Possibly To Get Extended Release?


There are some bands/musicians who we will never everything from. Two examples are Bob Dylan and The Band. Dylan seems to be in a constant state of recording for all of the "lost tracks" that turn up, and The Band did their fair share of jamming. Few realize that The Band actually got its start as Dylan's touring band (under the name The Hawks), but a possible upcoming releases might change that. Rumors indicate that Dylan's side might be in motion to release parts of the legendary Basement Tapes from 1967. 

Dylan was injured in a motorcycle accident in 1966, so he and The Hawks took a break from touring and settled down at a home in Woodstock, NY. The "best of" what was recorded was released as The Basement Tapes in 1975, but being as it was Dylan and The Band, it stands to reason that there are hours if not days of unused tracks stored somewhere. 

"I've been hearing this for awhile and there is some talk of it, and we'll just see," Band guitarist Robbie Robertson said. "I don't know if there's really anything much to do except try to get the best-quality version of The Basement Tapes and put 'em up. I don't really know that I can be that helpful in doing it but whatever that is, I like the idea of sharing that with the world, finally, after all these years. There was such a freedom in what we were doing; we thought, 'Nobody's ever going to hear these.' It was great music, so it would be nice to let people hear it."

Robertson has been busy working on a new compilation for his own band, Live at The Academy of Music 1971. The set will include four CDs and a DVD from The Band's four-night stand at the Academy in New York City. A live version of the performance was released under the name Rock of Ages in 1972, but Robertson said he never liked the mix. 

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