Aug 28, 2014 12:11 PM EDT
Another addition to the Dylan canon has been announced by Bob himself: The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11, a six-disc set that is essential for the most avid of Dylanologists.
The forthcoming collection compiles "every salvageable recording" from his sessions with The Band at his home in upstate New York. These reels included covers, traditional numbers and original tunes and were released in 1975 as the original Basement Tapes.
But the initial series came highly criticized as all the recordings in the set were remastered and lost the edge that characterized them as "bootlegs." Luckily, producer and organist for The Band Garth Hudson, along with archivist Jan Haust, are overseeing the project, making sure that the songs don't lose their authenticity.
The six-CD set will include 138 tracks of epic proportions. And for the more mild fans, an abridged version, The Basement Tapes Raw will offer a mere 38 songs on two CDs.
An alternate version of "Odds and Ends," too, can be found below.
For her impressive self-released debut, 20something New York City pianist/composer Tania Stavreva has taken solo piano to rare heights on 'Rhythmic Movement,' 14 tracks of a wildly experimental jazz/classical/folk synthesis. Forward-leaning, yet firmly rooted in the folk music of her native Bulgaria, the accents fly by in dizzying whirlwind.
That's no spelling mistake on the title of the Mark Dresser Seven's seven-track new 'Sedimental You' (Clean Feed). Although the title tune is, indeed, taken from Tommy Dorsey's 1932 "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," Dresser is hardly sentimental. He's talking sediment here. Like rocks, man. Yet there's no rock here. Go figure.
It's been a rough year. Most of my friends are sticking up their middle finger to 2016, as am I. I can only wonder which heroes of mine will bite the dust in 2017...but that's for another Blogarrhea. The following annual all-list blog is not supposed to represent the most important or the best-selling or even the most accomplished CDs of 2016. I have done nothing my entire life but listen to music and tell people about it. So these are the ones I got the most excited about. Before the lists commence, please note that Leonard Cohen's 'You Want It Darker' (Columbia) and Paul Simon's 'Stranger To Stranger' (Concord) are my two favorite CDs of 2016. That said, on with the show.