039 – “Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread”

Episode 39. “Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread.” The Basement Tapes. Bunker. Recorded November 30, 2017. Context Recorded in the summer of 1967 (and on the same reel as “Million Dollar Bash”) at Big Pink in two takes. Explaining the operation, Garth Hudson in 2002 said: He would go in with us, play a […]

027 – John Wesley Harding

Episode 27. John Wesley Harding. August 31, 2017. Bunker. Rainier. John Wesley Harding was recorded in 3 days, 4 sessions, in the fall of 1967 over the course of less than 9 hours. It was released on December 27, 1967. The album, despite Dylan asking Columbia not to do any press or promotion, debuted at #2 […]

025 – “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine”

Episode 25. “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine.” John Wesley Harding. August 17, 2017. Bunker. Rainier. “Harmonica Bob is back!” This song was recorded on October 17, 1967 for the first session of what would become John Wesley Harding. The song has only been played 39 times, as of this episode, and they sampled Dylan performing at Isle of Wight […]

024 – “Dear Landlord”

Episode 24. “Dear Landlord.” John Wesley Harding. August 10, 2017. The Bunker. Rainier. The song was recorded November 29, 1967, the final one of the main thrust of John Wesley Harding (“Down Along the Cove” and “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” came later). The majority of the songs on JWH were written without music, and “Dear Landlord” is no different. The song […]

022 – “Clothes Line Saga”

  Episode 22. “Clothes Line Saga.” The Basement Tapes. Bunker. July 27,  2017. Rainier. Folk songs were the underground story. If someone were to ask what’s going on, ‘Mr. Garfield’s been shot down, laid down. Nothing you can do.’ That’s what’s going on. Nobody needed to ask who Mr. Garfield was, they just nodded, they just knew. – […]

011 – “Don’t You Try Me Now”

Episode 11. “Don’t You Try Me Now.” The Bootleg Series, Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete. Bunker. May 11, 2017. Our second song from The Basement Tapes, it’s just as obtuse as “King of France,” if not more so. We tried to keep this, from Robert Shelton, in mind before we began: Dylan’s Basement songs fall […]

008 – “King of France”

Episode 008 — the unlistenable “King of France,” (2:52) our first cut (and a deep one) from The Basement Tapes. Recorded in 1967, probably in Dylan’s living room – The Red Room. As this is our first cut from The Basement Tapes, I try to provide some commentary and context on the endeavor (4:00 to […]