BOB DYLAN - BIG PINK

May 25, 2019 – 5:18 am

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BOB DYLAN
Big Pink (soniclovenoize Basement Tapes reconstruction, 1CD)

Very good soundboard.

Thanks to soniclovenoize for the effort and for sharing the tracks on the net.

soniclovenoize noted:

This is the Bob Dylan album that never was: his Basement Tapes, organized into a singular, cohesive album as it would have existed in 1967. I’ve used all the original recordings that do not have the extra overdubs found on the official release from 1975, and I’ve remixed this into true stereo. This will be nothing you haven’t heard before (although they are all my own unique stereo mixes), but this is presented as the presumed album that chronologically would have appeared between Blonde On Blonde and John Wesley Harding.

Throughout the first half of the 1960s, Bob Dylan had evolved from an acoustic troubadour into amphetamine-fueled rocker, culminating by his 1966 Tour, backed by The Hawks. He had encompassed the ever-changing social and musical dynamics of the 1960s and now the ears of the public were turned to Bob Dylan in a time of Brian Wilson’s symphonic pop and The Beatles neo-psychedelic rock. Ready to hear Dylan’s next triumphant move, they instead heard the sound of a motorcycle crash, putting Dylan out of commission and forcing him into hiding in Woodstock, New York.

By the summer of 1967, when psychedelic music was running rampant, Dylan was slowly joined by members of The Hawks - now known simply as The Band - and began recording basement jams of folk standards as Dylan recuperated from his crash. The jams quickly evolved into original Bob Dylan compositions, initiating a completely new era of Dylan’s songcraft, both lyrically and compositionally.

Gone were the protest refrains, surrealist verses, heavy subject matter and epic song-lengths that had dominated his work in the previous six albums. The songs were more concise, lyrically free-form and nonsensical, the arrangements Americana - the complete opposite of the music being played outside that basement studio in Woodstock, New York, which The Band called The Pig Pink. What’s more, the recordings pioneered the Lo-Fi Movement: sonic clarity was abandoned to capture the laid-back mood and atmosphere and the performances were even sloppy at times!

But the hundreds of songs that Dylan and The Band produced at this time remained unheard to the general public aside from bootlegs and the inner-circle of music publishing brokers. It wasn’t until the end of 1967 when Dylan released his subdued and stripped folk album John Wesley Harding, which echoed all the musical components he had developed in the basement of The Big Pink earlier that year. Brilliant as it was, the album was an entirely different set of songs; absent were the Big Pink classics, apparently reserved for other artists through a collection of 14 of Dylan’s Big Pink songs circulated as a publishing demo tape for his own Dwarf Music.

After almost a decade of bootlegging what was known as Dylan’s unheard masterpieces, 1975’s The Basement Tapes was the official word from the mouth of the man himself, a 2LP collection of selected Big Pink basement recordings.  But was a true representation of these basement tapes really what the public received? Most of the material was slightly altered with new overdubs for a more “releasable” sound; the songs were mixed to duophonic fake stereo; Dylan’s tracks were interspersed with The Band’s originals that were never recorded during the Big Pink Sessions; and die-hard fans noticed the lack of some of Dylan’s most classic recordings.

This is an attempt to rectify those errors and omissions, and recreate what never was… What if the material recorded during the original Big Pink Sessions had been an actual official album, released in 1967, in-between Blonde On Blonde and John Wesley Harding? I have assembled the best of the 1967 basement tapes, remixed them into true stereo and created a cohesive album, the Dylan masterpiece that never was.

How does one create an album that never was, to choose 12 or 14 from a list of hundreds of recordings? This is a daunting task for anyone, especially when this is a Bob Dylan album. It’s impossible to know what this man had intended so many years ago - we don’t know what he’s intending at any given time in the present! But we do have a big clue that serves as a starting point and how to construct a 1967 album of Big Pink material.

Our first clue is in the form of the 14-song Dwarf Music demo. These were the songs shopped around in the fall if 1967 to music publishers, in the hopes to sell the songs as hits for other artists. The tracklist was: Million Dollar Bash; Yea! Heavy and A Bottle Of Bread; Please Mrs. Henry; Crash on The Levee; Lo and Behold!; Tiny Montgomery; This Wheel’s On Fire; You Ain’t Goin Nowhere; I Shall Be Released; Tears Of Rage; Too Much Of Nothing; Quinn The Eskimo; Open The Door, Homer; Nothing Was Delivered. These 14 songs are pretty much the core of the quality Dylan originals from the Big Pink Sessions, which is further supported by their inclusion on The Basement Safety Tape, two reels of backup stereo masters. If there was ever an album planned for this material, this was it, or something close to it.

Although the track selection itself is rather strong, the problem is the sequencing. The majority of the “nonsense songs” (“Lo and Behold!”, “Yea! Heavy and A Bottle Of Bread”, etc) are grouped together as the first half of the album, while the more refined “serious” songs (“I Shall Be Released”, “Too Much Of Nothing”, etc) are grouped together at the end of the album.

My reconstruction attempts to spread the fun songs amongst the serious songs to add an element of balance. Also note that the track “Odds and Ends” was used as the opening number, effectively replacing “Tiny Montgomery” in the running order due to time constraints and quality control (It was also appropriately excluded from the Basement Safety Tape stereo reels). Notice that thus we have alternate versions of “Too Much Of Nothing” and “Nothing Was Delivered.” Finally, two 20-minute sides were constructed as per industry standards at the time.

Sources used for my set were the remastered, pitch-corrected and cleaned-up versions taken from the A Tree With Roots bootleg box set and the Complete Basement Safety Tape. They are all the original recordings, minus the extraneous overdubs The Band had recorded in 1975. All tracks existed in their master stereo 2-track form with both tracks panned hard and left.

For my recreation, I chose to create a more palatable stereo remix: the track 1 (vocal/guitar/piano) is panned at 1 o’clock and the remaining track 2 (bass/organ/drums/lead guitar) is panned at 9 o’clock. The effect is a vocal track mostly centered - but slightly to the right - so that the reverb appears to move into the right channel, with the remaining instruments panned to the left. The mix becomes cleaner and more enjoyable, giving space and atmosphere non-existent on the originals, albeit a less dense mix since they are minus the later-day overdubs. This benefits “I Shall Be Released” and “Quinn The Eskimo” the most, as they were never released in stereo form whatsoever.

This album’s reconstruction allows the listener a better insight to the attitude and stripped-down demeanor of the original sessions, offering a concise and cohesive package of the sessions which can fit nicely into Dylan’s discography. Enjoy, and “there was no more to tell…”

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Track 01. Odds and Ends 1:47
Track 02. Million Dollar Bash 2:32
Track 03. Lo and Behold 2:43
Track 04. This Wheel’s On Fire 3:50
Track 05. I Shall Be Released 3:50
Track 06. Please Mrs Henry 2:29
Track 07. Too Much of Nothing 2:47
Track 08. Tears of Rage 4:09
Track 09. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread 2:11
Track 10. Crash on the Levee 2:01
Track 11. You Ain’t Goin Nowhere 2:43
Track 12. Quinn The Eskimo 2:13
Track 13. Open The Door Homer 2:43
Track 14. Nothing Was Delivered 3:37
40 mins

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  1. 44 Responses to “BOB DYLAN - BIG PINK”

  2. Rumor has it Bob gots a Big Un

    By U L E on May 25, 2019

  3. Bob is a Jew

    By U L E on May 25, 2019

  4. Jews have big pricks noses and ears

    By U L E on May 25, 2019

  5. Also long pockets short arms

    By U L E on May 25, 2019

  6. Great stuff! get it while you can!!!!
    Other things overlooked in the basement tapes sessions: there were some great instrumentals, worthy of any compilation like this. Also, as I have on one set of LPs, made in the early 80s, of basement tapes material: one whole side was done with Tiny Tim.

    By Trevor on May 25, 2019

  7. Interesting idea…but ultimately it’s someone’s fantasy - anyone can compile their own favourites from the Badement Tapes. Thank you anyway, BigO.

    By Brian Griffin on May 25, 2019

  8. thanks nice comp

    By woodpeckerdeadwood on May 25, 2019

  9. Another great contribution by soniclovenoize. I already have this but thanks Big O for bringing it to a wider audience. Check out his page and download more, there’s some truly great, not to say astonishing, stuff and his notes are always really fascinating
    Thanks Big O :)

    By swappers on May 25, 2019

  10. Swappers, I can’t download from Zippy, which Sonicluvnoize uses…do you use a VPN?

    By Brian Griffin on May 25, 2019

  11. Hey Swappers, Where can I find Soniclovenoise’s page? Thanks.

    By RollingStoner on May 25, 2019

  12. Soniclovenioze es aqui:
    https://albumsthatneverwere.blogspot.com/

    By Miguel on May 25, 2019

  13. This is great mother fuckin shit

    By Derrick on May 25, 2019

  14. No more modern millennial shit OK . Stay with the mother fuckin program with shit like this by Bob

    By Derrick on May 25, 2019

  15. Brian I do use a VPN - do you know Hide My Ass? [wait for the trolls too pick up on THAT one! >>sigh<<) They’re quite good and work fine for me. Alternatively I have written to some folks on other sites using Zippy and other members have kindly posted links for me!!
    Amazingly enough there are sites who act like a community!
    Sorry, joke! ha ha ha ha ;)

    P.S. RollingStoner - hope the link Miguel posted works and that you are outside the UK?! As Brian kindly pointed out Albums That Never Were uses Zippyshare which is blocked (mostly) from the UK unless you are practised at getting around such things. Using a VPN as Brian asked usually works. Back to me if any of you have any further issues or problems

    By swappers on May 25, 2019

  16. Hey Brother Derrick, I just cant get into this Jew bastard. I never liked him back in the 70s. Im pure hard core, Sabbath, TYA Purple, Yardbirds, Hendrix, Humble Pie, cactus, I saw the Who and Jethro Tull at Tanglewood. Unreal huh. ELP, West Bruce and Laing Cream, Clapton Harrison, and of course my favorites Zep and the Who

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 26, 2019

  17. Pink Floyd believ or not I was crazy about in the beginning. I bought this fucking album Umaguma and it sucked. Took me a while to appreciate them. The Stones of course, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf Robert Johnson Huddy Ledbetter and John Lee Hooker. I know u and swappers can appreciate

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 26, 2019

  18. I wipe my butt with todays so called muzic. We will never see the likes of Page Beck Clapton Blackmore, Townsend Alvin Lee Tony Iommi Keith Richards as an honorable mention. We grew up during a time and we were blessed to listen to such classics

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 26, 2019

  19. Anti speaks words of wisdom. I may not like his political views but he is spot on as far as good music is concerned

    By T J on May 26, 2019

  20. Hey The Antichrist no one gives a flying fuck about your musical taste you racist cunt

    By Donald T Rump on May 26, 2019

  21. SUCK MY KING SIZE COC U JEW SCUBMAG

    By zeke on May 26, 2019

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  24. Anti ‘ I hate that Bob is a Jew too ‘ but what the fuck . He ain’t no coon polutin our wonderful white race . Always been a Bob fan and only recently found out he was a morherfuckin Jew . But the music is great so I’ll overlook it . The coons is the worst by far with them fuckin our white women and making them ugly High Yellers .

    By Derrick on May 26, 2019

  25. You and my daddy would have hit it off . He hated Jews as much as you . More than coons . Myself I can’t stand the coons ‘ Don’t like Jew bastards either but coons is the worst . Also like all the bands you mentioned

    By Derrick on May 26, 2019

  26. hey donald open yur scurvy mouth and suck my balls fullof cum for yur face u fucking piece of lowlife jew filth

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 26, 2019

  27. bre u r one hot vixen

    By T J on May 26, 2019

  28. r u a model

    By T J on May 26, 2019

  29. i hope u dont mind me saying this bre but afer looking at yur pix i got aroused

    By T J on May 26, 2019

  30. More NBA playoffs tonight. More nigger basketball . Only white players are forginers. Not from the United States. This is disgusting to me and every real American citizen . Not only that all these niggers do is shoot three point shots and dunk . No fundamentals anymore.

    By Jerry Disher on May 26, 2019

  31. They all look like Gorillas and Baboons. They really do.

    By Jerry Disher on May 26, 2019

  32. I believe you Jerrah

    By KKK on May 26, 2019

  33. You fellas are racists who are just jealous because you aren’t packing major heat in your pants . I exclusively date only black men because they’re all humongous things. I’m a thirty eight year old white female

    By Rhonda on May 26, 2019

  34. I’ll bet Uncle Milte could hold his own with any black dude in the size dept Rhonda .in fact I bet there is no man in the history of mankind who could measure up to Uncle M. As C Tony says men’s room sightings don’t lie .

    By Scaromouch on May 26, 2019

  35. Berle was a Jew , that explains it . Jews have Horse Dics same as Negros .

    By Chauncy on May 26, 2019

  36. Maybe that’s why Antichrist hates Jews so much a little penis envy perhaps.? What say you Antichrist? Same with Derrick and the Negros .

    By Chauncy on May 26, 2019

  37. Many thanks … for sharing and for putting in a lot of hard work making it sound good. Cheers.

    By Canute on May 26, 2019

  38. u wanna make book on that scunbag. I have so many black n latino women impressed with my manhhod. Get on your knees u jew faggot and worship me

    By THE ANTICHRIST on May 26, 2019

  39. Thank you, Swappers - much appreciated.

    By Brian Griffin on May 26, 2019

  40. Thanks for your painstaking detailed work to put this together. And thanks even more for sharing it.

    By JG on May 26, 2019

  41. Maybe it’s for the best if the comments section just went away for good….

    By mackdaddyg on May 26, 2019

  42. Hi BigO, as you have posted this. which is essentially officially released tracks tinkered around a bit by Sonic, is there any chance that you could re-up the ‘Great White Wonder’ post from years ago in 320 Pleeeeese

    By GMAL on May 27, 2019

  43. Doesn’t anyone moderate the comments here ?

    By Hilda Fernhout on May 31, 2019

  44. No moderators here. Really wish they’d would close the comments section.

    By John Clem on Jun 1, 2019

  45. Solution to dumbass postings: Don’t ditch it, but….

    Make people pay for the privilege to post via contributions. BigO needs the bread, and this is the way to know that people who pay to post inanities are actually doing some good for this site.

    Worth a try!

    Some bozos keep blathering for BigO to “get with the program”. Hey morons, hereabouts BigO IS THE PROGRAM!!!

    By Happy Camper on Jun 1, 2019

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