“I try so awf’ly strong.”

Bob Dylan and the Band – “Sign on the Cross” from A Tree With Roots (bootleg, 2001)

These Basement Tapes recordings (1967) are all partially baked and often leave you wondering what the songs could have been had they been worked on more. Nevertheless, the sheer volume of great musical ideas here is overwhelming. I my imagination, the group was so excited about each new song that they couldn’t polish one before moving on to the next.

On this track, Dylan sounds worn out, tired and manic. Yet he’s still capable of reaching ragged and inspired crescendos.

Garth Hudson, as on nearly all BT takes, is fantastic on the organ.

More Tree With Roots to come.

Posted by Jordy

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