The Lost Tapes: The Basement Tapes Continued is an engaging documentary that, as my video review above says, is well worth watching even if you’re not a big Bob Dylan fan. The film debuts at 9 PM Friday on Showtime and clocks in at nearly two hours.
It’s helmed by Sam Jones, the director and photographer whose best-known film project is I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, the terrific 2002 documentary about rock band Wilco. This time, Jones may have even better material to work with than the crazy journey Wilco went through before it launched its best-selling album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
This film features Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Mumford & Sons’ Marcus Mumford, Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith creating new songs out of recently discovered Dylan lyrics written almost 50 years ago. Oscar- and Grammy-winner T-Bone Burnett (among much else, he notably was executive music supervisor or music producer on ABC’s Nashville, Inside Llewyn Davis and O Brother, Where Art Thou?) oversees and produces the results.
And the results are something to hear. Seductive both in the personalities involved and the creation process that occurs, Lost Songs is an up-close look at how a song is created – and the real drama and variations that portrays. And yes, there is an album of the song of Lost Songs out now.
Will you see the doc or buy the album? Let us know what you think.