Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is celebrating the November 4th release of Bob Dylan's The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11 with a new short film From the Village to The Basement.
From The Village to The Basement compresses more than 12,000+ photographs into an extended time-lapse tracking shot, opening on the sidewalk in front of the Washington Square Hotel in Greenwich Village, moving northward through upstate New York, and finally pulling into the driveway of Big Pink, where The Basement Tapes were famously recorded in 1967.
Following the route traveled by Dylan and The Band from Manhattan to the West Saugerties on their way to Big Pink, From The Village to The Basement is a virtual road trip recounting the history and mystery of The Basement Tapes, their influence on American music and the bootleg culture these recordings launched.
The Basement Tapes Complete is a meticulous restoration of the original master tapes of Dylan's 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band. The set debuts 118 previously unreleased recordings including 31 recently unearthed tracks. For fans looking for the best of these recordings, The Bootleg Series, Vol.11: The Basement Tapes Raw is also available, presenting 38 of the boxed set's most essential tracks in a special 2CD collection.
Whether you're a longtime collector or coming to these sessions for the very first time, From The Village to The Basement provides the perfect cinematic introduction to The Basement Tapes. The New Yorker observed that "The Basement Tapes Complete is proof that, after the accident, Dylan didn't so much change his set list as his language, and the language of the American songbook."
The Basement Tapes Complete received 5 Star reviews in Rolling Stone, who called it "The greatest album Bob Dylan never intended to make" and Mojo who said, "....we're reminded that artists must break the rules of commerce to create work that lasts...."
"Five stars aren't enough, of course, to sum up this music," stated American Songwriter. "The mystery, the profound, luscious mystery, captivates us, cracks us up, breaks our hearts, and, most importantly, endures."