Bob Dylan and The Band – The Basement Tapes (1975)

Recorded during Dylan’s songwriting rehab, after the 1966 motorcycle wreck, and not released until a decade later. These classic home recordings — done with The Band in the legendary old house known as Big Pink — showed even Bob Dylan throwaways were table scraps worth fighting over.

Nick’s Pick: A simply beautiful “Tears of Rage.” The Band’s late keyboardist Richard Manuel, in 1985, said the group just elaborated on whatever Dylan mumbled: “I couldn’t run upstairs and say, ‘What’s this mean, Bob — Now, the heart is filled with gold, as if it were a purse?’”

Solid gold, indeed.

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has also explored music for publications like USA Today, Gannett News Service, All About Jazz and Popdose for nearly 30 years. Honored as newspaper columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section that was named Top 10 in the nation by the AP in 2006. Contact him at