Bob Dylan and The Band’s The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete was first called The Great White Wonder in 1967-8. It began the bootleg LP craze and later defined Americana. Not to mention a T-Bone Burnette produced record and spinoff band with Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and others called The New Basement Tapes.
The original cuts “Mighty Quinn,”” You Ain’t Going Nowhere,” “I Shall Be Released” and dozens of other tracks finally get the deluxe treatment with outtakes, book and photos in Vol. 11 of Bob Dylan’s ongoing cupboard clear out.
The accompanying doc with Greil Marcus, Clinton Heylin and others captures the spirit of the work quite well.
‘Greatest record of the western popular music sphere’ – John Rockwell, The New York Times