It seems that with Dylan, there is an unhealthy obsession with deciphering the genius — cracking what is probably the Dylan Code. With his latest release, "The Basement Tapes Complete," and upcoming Sinatra cover album, "Shadows in the Night," it is a wonder if his talent can be taken as strictly musical. If you have read the first — and arguably only — installation of his autobiography, "Chronicles: Volume 1," even his own words are subject to a scavenger hunt to unveil that he ultimately lifted phrase, lines, even complete concepts from obscure texts, including one from Asia about a Mafioso — or hit man, by some accounts. But, as Joe Levy at Medium indicates, "The Basement Tapes" are of another dimension, another time and space occupied outside the realm of judgment. It was a big jam session, there were no clocks and there was no pressure of limitation. This pressure to unveil the "truth" of Dylan's iconography has stretched beyond fandom and poured into obsession. I mean, there was even a satirical write-up about his Christmas lights. There could be a "truth" hidden in the lights, absolutely.
Bob Dylan has been the man of the hour recently with his latest release, "The Basement Tapes Complete." But, it's been announced via the Tambourine Man himself that Feb. 3 will be the release date of the forthcoming Sinatra cover LP, "Shadows in the Night."
From Harvest records and sparing no expense at Dylan, The New Basement Tapes--comprised of Jim James, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford--release their first LP under the redundant moniker: Lost on the River.
Anytime the Tambourine Man, Bob Dylan, does something, it makes a splash. This kind of stride has not yielded yet either, as the good folks at NPR are, now, streaming his forthcoming disc-set "The Basement Tapes Complete" for all to hear.