Although it appears to the naked eye that Bob Dylan’s The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11 contains 138 recordings, it turns out that the sixth disc contains a hidden track with two more songs on it.
Although only 21 tracks are listed for disc six, there are in fact 22.
And track 22 — two minutes and 26 seconds in length — includes part of a raucous rock ‘n’ roll version of “900 Miles From My Home,” the folk song that appears on disc 5, and an alternate take of “Confidential,” the 1956 Sonny Knight hit that Dylan also covers on disc five.
And then you hear Dylan fooling around: “All right ladies and gentleman, thank you thank you. That was Floyd and Lloyd. Right now we have Pete and Sneat. Sneak one in on Pete.”
(Thanks to Pete Read for that last line: “Sneak one in on Pete.”)
Here is Sonny Knights’ version of “Confidential”:
Woody Guthrie’s “900 Miles” with vocal:
Woody Guthrie’s instrumental version of “900 Miles”:
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3 thoughts on “Hidden Track Found On Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes Complete’ – Two More Songs”
sneak one in Pete
Weirdly, the track listing on amazon.co.uk does actually include the 22nd track. I wrote a piece looking forward to the release for The Times of London before I received my copy in which I said there were 139 tracks (a figure arrived at simply by totting up the listings for each disc on amazon) and was somewhat confused to see all the reviews saying there were 138. Glad to see a triumph for investigative journalism..!