"Don’t Ya Tell Henry" - Bob Dylan Basement Tapes [Official Audio Stream + Lyrics]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published October 21, 2014

Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes are getting a re-release with previously unreleased tracks like the raw version of "Don't Ya Tell Henry," which you can listen to above via Yahoo! Music.

"Don't Ya Tell Henry" was originally released on The Basement Tapes in 1975. Most of the music that made up that album was recorded between 1967 and 1968, although a few tracks were re-recorded in the '70s for the official commercial release. On that previously released version, Levon Helm takes the lead vocal and Dylan is conspicuously absent. Wikipedia has details about the track, which has a disputed history:

According to [Rob] Bowman, the Band-only version released on The Basement Tapes was recorded between late 1967 and early 1968 in an "unknown studio". [Sid] Griffin, however, reports that Fraboni identified it as having been recorded in 1975. Griffin characterizes this version as musically superior to the "drunk-as-skunks" rendition with Dylan.

So, what you hear above is the "drunk-as-skunks" version! Also of particular note is a trombone doing some woozy horn-work, giving it a nice New Orleans bluesy vibe. Bassist Rick Danko also played trombone in the early days of The Band, so that was probably him.

On November 4th, the recording will be issued as part of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series Volume 11, which is being released as a 6-CD box set with 138 tracks called The Basement Tapes Complete as well as an abridged 2-CD set with 38 tracks called The Basement Tapes Raw. Vinyl is also available if you wanna get in that '60s spirit! Click the links below for more details on the different editions and to buy at


Source: Yahoo! Music

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