Bob Dylan And The Band - The Basement Tapes

 (Numbered Limited Edition)


Mobile Fidelity


Folk Rock

Product No.:
AMOB 1382
UPC: 821797238212

180 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

180 Gram LP  

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Bob Dylan and The Band / The Basement Tapes on numbered limited edition 180-gram double LP from Mobile Fidelity

Dylan at his most humorous, unguarded, loose: Folk tales, weird narratives, rock ballads, inside jokes, allusions pepper alchemic material

Includes the hits "This Wheel's on Fire," "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," "Tears of Rage," "Million Dollar Bash," and "Yazoo Street Scandal"

Ranked No. 291 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Winner of a Gruvy Award, chosen by AnalogPlanet's editor, Michael Fremer, for vinyl records that are musically and sonically outstanding and are also well mastered and pressed.

Basements have long been associated with raw, off-the-cuff rock n' roll, the damp and dark spaces serving as the woodshedding venues for countless bands. Yet no basement is more famous, and none yielded music as familiarly weird, wholesomely American, joyously loose, and identifiably humorous as that in the upstate New York house dubbed Big Pink — the location where, during the summer and early fall of 1967, Bob Dylan and The Band played a vivid tapestry of covers, originals, and traditionals that signaled the advent of Americana. Once again, the Bard changed the world.

As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity has mastered this iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressed it on dead-quiet LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of The Basement Tapes ever produced-and the first-ever analog reissue. Inimitable, the particulars of The Basement Tapes — especially, the gather-‘round-in-a-huddle assembly of the instrumentalists, home-made character, domestic vibe, and low-volume nature of the recordings-come to fore here in a manner that takes the listener down the stairs at 2188 Stoll Road and brings the images of Dylan, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, and Co. to life.

Fresh off experiencing a motorcycle accident and the wrath of audiences hostile to his embrace of amplified music, Dylan elected to retreat to the comforts of rural and family life. He soon began collaborating with members of The Band in his house, ultimately moving the sessions to Big Pink. Informal, peaceful, relaxed, open-minded: The collaborations blanket country stomps, roots hootenannies, forgotten spirituals, earthy originals, chaotic marches, dreamscapes, dance tunes, folk laments, catch-as-you-can improvisations.

The Basement Tapes' capacity to remain so gloriously honest and timeless — performances that genuinely could've been made today, ten years from now, or back in the 1930s — helps account for their emotional resonance and unsurpassed reputation as a snapshot of how unencumbered American music, and art with deep historical roots and connective cultural tissues, is supposed to sound.

Mobile Fidelity's reissue squares away the late-night bleariness, jovial atmosphere, low-ceiling dimensions, and ensemble-based perspective of the sessions, allowing the listener to become Hamlet, the dog who slept nearby Dylan, Robertson, and Co. as it all went down. This is not to be missed.




1. Odds and Ends
2. Orange Juice Blues (Blues for Breakfast)
3. Million Dollar Bash
4. Yazoo Street Scandal
5. Goin’ to Acapulco
6. Katie’s Been Gone
7. Lo and Behold
8. Bessie Smith
9. Clothes Line Saga
10. Apple Suckling Tree
11. Please Mrs. Henry
12. Tears of Rage
13. Too Much of Nothing
14. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread
15. Ain’t No More Cane
16. Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)
17. Ruben Remus
18. Tiny Montgomery
19. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
20. Don’t Ya Tell Henry
21. Nothing Was Delivered
22. Open the Door, Homer
23. Long Distance Operator
24. This Wheel’s on Fire

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 4 person(s) rated this product.

Yes. It really IS that good!!

posted on 01/08/2013
5 Stars
Reviewer: JeffersonDD
As the previous reviewer said, this pressing is FAR, FAR, superior to any other BT release I've heard. Imaging is through the roof, super quiet noise floor, I can't believe the intimacy and detail. MFSL has got it dialed in on these, can't wait to hear Blood On The Tracks!


posted on 08/21/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Lloydville
An endlessly enjoyable album, nutty and brilliant. Superb pressing of a classic -- grab this one!

Notify my next of kin....

posted on 08/19/2012
5 Stars
Reviewer: Oly
Wow. These recordings weren't meant to sound like this....for the buyer at least. Being lucky enough to be within the walls of Big Pink in Woodstock, this IS what is would have sounded like. This is the 5th version I've heard throughout the years, and it is, without a doubt, no contest, the best. Unreal. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR....SPEND MONEY ON THIS RECORD!!!!!

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