Raw, cryptic, much bootlegged, by turns intense and throwaway, shot through with surreal humour, Dylan’s home studio sessions with the Band in 1967 have a justly fabled place in rock mythology.
This six-CD set presents them (for a princely £110) complete and unmanicured, adding versions of celebrated songs such as Quinn the Eskimo and I Shall Be Released, though its 138 tracks are mostly country and folk staples.
Amid the homespun (often leaden) renditions of Hank Williams, Ian & Sylvia et al is a clutch of nuggets, among them the bluesy Silent Weekend and the country moan Wild Wolf. A still mysterious, wondrous chapter in Dylanology.
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