Bob Dylan ‘New Basement Tapes’ projects 'shall be released' in 2014

Posted on March 26, 2014

Lo and behold! A slew of never-released Bob Dylan lyrics from the folk-rock legend’s Basement Tapes era is being turned into an album and movie project by such musicians as Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, and T Bone Burnett.

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes is in the final stages of recording and slated for release later this year, according to officials at Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records. Along with Costello, Mumford and producer Burnett, the album will feature Taylor Goldsmith, of Dawes; Rhiannon Giddens, of the Carolina Chocolate Drops; and Jim James, of My Morning Jacket.

The lyrics date from 1967, around the time Dylan and his touring band—who in 1968 would release their own album as The Band—wrote and recorded hundreds of songs in the basement of an upstate New York house, famously dubbed Big Pink. Twenty-four of the songs from those sessions were released to wide critical acclaim in 1975 as The Basement Tapes—a collection that includes such Dylan-and-the-Band classics as "I Shall Be Released," "The Mighty Quinn," "This Wheel's On Fire," "You Ain't Going Nowhere," and "Tears Of Rage." .

Plans are for the album to be accompanied by a Showtime documentary titled Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued. Directed by Sam Jones, whose previous rock-doc credits include the Wilco film, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart. Jones’ new documentary will present the making of Lost On The River, set against the historical cultural backdrop of the original Basement Tapes.

“The discovery of these previously unknown Bob Dylan songs that were thought lost since 1967 is the stuff of Hollywood fiction and a find of truly historical proportions,” Jones said in a press statement.

Burnett, meanwhile, is just flattered that Dylan was willing to entrust the lyrical treasure trove to such a variety of artists, and hopes the recordings “reflect the tremendous generosity shown by Bob in sharing these lyrics with us."

For a taste of Basement Tapes-era Dylan, check out the above clip of Dylan and the Band at the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival. 

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