Video: Costello, James & Mumford Cover Dylan as the New Basement Tapes


It’s not quite Dylan/Band on the epochal ’74 tour, however…

By Uncle Blurt

Ask me sometime about seeing the so-called “Before the Flood Tour.” I pissed in my longjohns that cold morning in February when my tickets arrived in the mail. Meanwhile, since it goes without saying that we be big Bob Dylan fans around these here parts, the news about T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Marcus Mumford all teaming up to cut previously unreleased material from the Basement Tapes sessions was pretty intriguing.

Then they started unveiling the results of the braintrust, which we might tactfully describe as “Guided By Scorpio” (the late/great bootleg label that issued all of the BT archives, not the astrology sign, ya dummy), although the trove of lyrics the musicians are working from goes well beyond that extant material. “Married To My Hack” and “Nothing To It” have now been followed by “When I Get My Hands On You” and it’s… well, it’s just okay. Pretty underwhelming, particularly compared to “… Hack,” which definitely rocks in a visceral, swampy way. But “WIGMHOY” is still interesting to watch/listen at least a couple of times. Watch all three, in reverse order, below.

I’m still looking forward to Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes album, due Nov. 11 via Electromagnetic Recordings.

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