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on May 22, 2013
The editorial review for this CD is misleading. The only artists mentioned in this marketing review are Bob Dylan & The Band, likewise the only artist images on the album artwork are of Bob Dylan & The Band. In fact, none of the recordings on this compilation are by Bob Dylan & The Band but rather by various artists whose earlier versions of the songs included on the tracklist MAY BE among those which Bob Dylan & The Band were remembering when they covered them during their 1967 Basement Tapes sessions.

The main issue in the editorial review is the word "original". While the seller means "original versions of songs by other artists that were covered by Bob Dylan & The Band while at Big Pink", the word original is also just vague enough to suggest "basic tracks recorded by Bob Dylan & The Band from 1967 without 1975 overdubs". As for what "real" versus "casual" Bob Dylan fans ought to know with regards to commercial availability - there have in fact been a few mysterious, short-lived commercial releases in the past year via European distributors, and for a fan whose ultimate goal is to get the music, the first impulse is to grab it whenever it becomes available, even if it seems to good to be true.

To minimize the frequency of returns on this item, I would suggest the seller post a new editorial review with a more explicit description of this product, something to the effect of: "While recording some of their groundbreaking music at Big Pink, Bob Dylan & The Band also covered songs made famous by other artists. This compilation features recordings of those songs by various artists such as Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Dinah Washington, all of whom appear to have influenced Bob Dylan & The Band."
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on May 21, 2013
for some reason i thought these were tapes of rehearsals by dylan and the band. instead it is a mixture of various songs some live some not. i had a lot of them already such as the elvis cut, the johnny cash cuts etc. so will keep it should have read the descriptions more closely
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on May 7, 2013
"....Editorial Reviews
The recordings that took place during '67 at "The Big Pink" represent Bob Dylan's most productive song writing period ever. Backed by The Band, Dylan committed well over a 100 songs to tape, resulting in a kaleidoscope of American music known as "The Basement Tapes". This CD compilation collects together the originals of 26 of the tracks recorded during this sublime period of creativity..."

SOUNDS LIKE YOU GET DYLAN AND THE BAND SINGING AND PLAYING DOESN'T IT ? ? ? NOPE!!!!

...not a single sound from them on this cd..!

Obviously the two duplicate five star reviews are meant to confuse you, that makes me angry, this review makes it even. Screw the people who do this.
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on January 2, 2015
LIKE HIS RADIO SHOWS THIS ALBUM CONTAINS SONGS FROM GREAT AMERICAN CLASSICS FROM ALL THE GENRES FROM FOLK TO BLUES AND HILLBIILLY ROCK....GREAT ALBUM TO HEAR INFLUENCES OF DYLAN DURING LATE 60'S
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on May 7, 2013
This release features original versions - or at least the versions that were best known by Dylan and / or members of The Band - of the music they recorded in The Big Pink together. It makes for both a revelatory and enjoyable listen. Extensive sleeve-notes by the editor of the wonderful Isis magazine and web site, ( [...]) Derek Barker, are superb as they detail the history of every song here and reveal how Bob or The Band came by them.

Elegantly packaged too, this is a very good release and should delight all true Bob Dylan fans along with collector's of vintage Americana going back to the beginning of recorded sound.
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on May 7, 2013
This release features original versions - or at least the versions that were best known by Dylan and / or members of The Band - of the music they recorded in The Big Pink together. It makes for both a revelatory and enjoyable listen. Extensive sleeve-notes by the editor of the wonderful Isis magazine and web site, ( [...]) Derek Barker, are superb as they detail the history of every song here and reveal how Bob or The Band came by them.

Elegantly packaged too, this is a very good release and should delight all true Bob Dylan fans along with collector's of vintage Americana going back to the beginning of recorded sound.
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on March 26, 2015
sure
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