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?'”

Nick DeRiso

Over a 30-year career, Nick DeRiso has also explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz, Ultimate Classic Rock and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Contact him at