The Basement Tapes is a studio album from Bob Dylan and The Band. It was Dylan’s 16th studio album. It was released in 1975, eight years after it had been recorded. Many of the songs had already been bootlegged by the time of the release but The Basement Tapes was the official release. If you’re a Dylan fan, you probably know that these songs were written post motorcycle crash. If you’re me, get out of my head, and you knew nothing about the motorcycle crash and the apparent impact it had on Dylan’s life and writing. I don’t really care. I know that it’s a double album that started off kinda cool but went off the rails quickly and I’m glad I never have to listen to it again.