20 Best Reissues of 2014

The Beatles in mono, Led Zep's alternate takes, history's greatest bootleg and more of the year's best boxes rereleases and excavations

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Bob Dylan and the Band, 'The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11'
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1. Bob Dylan and the Band, 'The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11'

In 1967, Dylan was as far off the grid as a Voice of a Generation could get: writing and recording with the Hawks, his '66 road warriors, in upstate New York seclusion. The rough clatter of bar-gig covers, acutely reflective ballads and apocalyptic surrealism that emerged became the first commercially successful bootleg, then the greatest accidental album ever made. This box set is that season of discovery complete: Dylan in extended, pivotal rebirth as a singer, songwriter and, with the future members of the Band, collaborator. Rock's greatest songwriter was, after a rocket ride through protest and electricity, becoming a voice for all America.

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