The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 – First impressions

bob dylan vol 11

  • We get a restored documentation/recording of Dylan’s legendary 1967 sessions with The Band.
  • 6-disc set with 138 tracks
  • Compiled from  restored original tapes
  • 120 page deluxe-bound book containing rare and unseen photographs and memorabilia
  • Extensive liner notes

Wow! Right?

We have the original album and a lot of us has collected bootlegs over many years, and the big question is: Are there something in this new release that we haven’t heard before?

Check out: Garth Hudson talking about the sessions at Big Pink


From Wikipedia:
“During his world tour of 1965–66, Dylan was backed by a five-member rock group, the Hawks, who would subsequently become famous as the Band. After Dylan was injured in a motorcycle accident in July 1966, the Hawks’ members gravitated to the vicinity of Dylan’s home in the Woodstock area to collaborate with him on music and film projects. While Dylan was concealed from the public’s gaze during an extended period of convalescence in 1967, they recorded more than 100 tracks together, comprising original compositions, contemporary covers and traditional material. Dylan’s new style of writing moved away from the urban sensibility and extended narratives that had characterized his most recent albums,Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde, toward songs that were more intimate and which drew on many styles of traditional American music. While some of the basement songs are humorous, others dwell on nothingness, betrayal and a quest for salvation. In general, they possess a rootsy quality anticipating the Americana genre. For some critics, the songs onThe Basement Tapes, which circulated widely in unofficial form, mounted a major stylistic challenge to rock music in the late sixties.”


In my view, the two most comprehensive un-official releases have been:

Bob Dylan: A Tree with roots


From Bobsboots:
“A complete overhaul of the basement tapes. 128 tracks in total, completely remastered with a major leap forward in sound quality compared to the original 5CD set. Put together in a much more organized and logical sequence. High quality packaging, 2 booklets, extensive original source notes and reprints of important press coverage. Original pressing limited to 500 copies.”



The Genuine Basement Tapes vol. 1-5

5 cds, 103 songs. No overdubs, no remastering.


“For all of it’s brilliance, and for some truly superb and impassioned renditions … still, Basement Tapes, as a whole (even the official ones), have never quite been my cup of meat. Of course, they document a most historic six month period in the lives of Dylan and the Band. They are essential to any serious collector. 
Volume one of this exhaustive series finds Dylan on 12-string guitar for some songs, and piano on others. There were so many reel-to-reel recordings made in Big Pink’s basement that some got stashed away and ‘lost’. This disc contains some incredible versions that would have surly found their way to official release, had they been found. They didn’t surface for nearly two decades.”


The new release has 10 more tracks than the “complete”, A Tree With Roots. However there are many differences in the sequence and there are many tracks not on the official release or these two bootleg-compilations. As far as I can see, these are tracks that are exclusive to The Bootleg series vol.11:

The list is edited, check the comment section for more information.

Edge of the ocean
My bucket’s got a hole in it
Roll on train
Mr. Blue
The Auld Triangle
Kicking my dog around
See you later Allen Ginsberg (alt. take)
Big Dog
Song for Canada
Blowin’ In The Wind
One too many mornings
A Satisfied Mind
It ain’t me babe
Ain’t no more cane (alt. take)
My Woman she’s a leavin’
Mary Lou, I love you too
Dress it up, better have it all
Minstrel Boy
What’s it gonna be, when it comes up
One kind of favor
Wild Wolf
If I were a carpenter
Dollars & 99 cents
Jelly Bean
Any Time
Down by the station
Hallelujah, I’ve just been moved
That’s the breaks
Pretty Mary
Will the circle be unbroken
She’s on my mind again
Northern Claim
Love is only mine


A lot(!) of exciting stuff for us Dylan followers! I may have slipped or missed something, feel free to correct me in the comments.


– Hallgeir


18 thoughts on “The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 – First impressions”

  1. hi guys,
    the bob’s boots review says 128 tracks for tree with roots,my copy only has 108,as does the amount of songs in the review!! i’m getting very excited at the prospect of a lot of new bob!!!1 month to go!!

  2. “Dress it up, Better Have it All” (available for download) is fantastic, a perfect Basement track, with laughs and Bob asides. Just fabulous! Will be a great release!

    1. It is on (cd and mp3) and (mp3s), so we’re guessing it is legit…

      The date is also set: November 4

      Let’s cross our fingers

      – Hallgeir

    1. 900 Miles is on Tree with Roots, disc one (and on Genuine Basement Tapes 5) as Nine hundred miles, and I shall be released is on Tree with Roots, disc three (and on Genuine Basement Tapes 3)

      – Hallgeir

  3. The album of my life! at last it’s getting a (supposedly) proper release!

    From your list I think you could take out also:

    One kind favour = See that my grave is kept clean (on “A tree with roots”); the song starts with “kind favour I ask of you”…

    1. Yes, we got a tip about that one, you’re probably right, thanks for your comments.

      We really look forward to this release as well!

      – Hallgeir

  4. Some songs have other names …
    – The Auld Triangle = Banks of he Royal Canal, on TREE WITH ROOTS boot
    – Kicking my dog around = You Gotta Quit Kickin’ My Dog Aroun’, on TREE WITH ROOTS boot
    – Song for Canada = One Ringle River, on TREE WITH ROOTS boot.

    For the other we have to wait …

  5. Minstrel Boy was included in the last Bootleg Series & “The Auld Triangle” might be the same song as “The Banks of the Royal Canal”… but apart from that, there’s still plenty of new stuff ! thanks for your great oversight !

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