Apart from an official 2-LP compilation released in 1975, most of the music has only appeared on scattered bootlegs.
Now, we can officially hear more. Dylan has announced the Nov. 4 release of The Basement Tapes Complete, a 6-CD set collecting all 138 recordings, including 30 never before bootlegged.
The set will be the 11th volume of Dylan's long-running "Bootleg Series" of previously unreleased recordings. Also up on Amazon is a double-CD highlights set called Basement Tapes Raw.
According to Rolling Stone:
The previously unknown tracks include an epic, apocalyptic rocker, "Wild Wolf"; an early draft of "I Shall Be Released" with slightly different lyrics; a cover of Hank Williams' 1949 classic "My Bucket's Got a Hole In It"; and country-fied versions of "Blowin' in the Wind," "It Ain't Me Babe" and "One Too Many Mornings," featuring Band keyboardist Richard Manuel handling lead vocals on the first verse.
"The stuff that people haven't heard justifies, in every way, shape and form, all the hype, hubris and myth that surrounds these tapes," says folk musician and writer Sid Griffin, who wrote the liner notes for this new collection (which is also being released as a two-disc version and three-LP set). "Some of this stuff is mind-boggling."