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“Tupelo” - Bob Dylan Basement Tapes (John Lee Hooker Cover) [SoundCloud Audio Stream]

Evan Petersen

by Evan Petersen

Published October 23, 2014

Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes are receiving a massive reissue on November 4th, and in anticipation of the release, Legacy Recordings has released yet another gem from the long-buried collection.

Dylan and the guys who would later form The Band recorded their cover of John Lee Hooker's "Tupelo" in 1967, but this version of the track -- lyrically and musically -- is almost entirely unlike the original. Rather than play a note for note cover of the song, Dylan and Co. played it in the style of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy." Although the song is a stark departure from Hooker's version, it embodies the true evolutionary spirit of American folk music. Dylan's hazy recollection of the song was inspired by old music and oral tradition, and from that, he created something entirely new.

Bootleg Series Volume 11: The Basement Tapes Complete is a 6-CD, 138-track box set, which you can purchase on Amazon. Click the links below for details on other editions of the release.

For more songs from the album, news, and tour dates, check out Bob Dylan's Zumic artist page.

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Source: Legacy Recordings SoundCloud

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