Every year brings its Dylan treats and this year there are two in particular. The first is the release, at last, of the complete Basement Tapes - those legendary recordings, made by Dylan and the group that would later become The Band, in the basement of a house in upstate New York in 1967. Some of them were released officially in the 1970s; many more have been available on variable quality bootlegs. At last, here is the complete set of tracks, many of them never previously heard even on bootlegs, remastered and in glorious rough quality. I could spend a long time explaining the significance and gloriousness of these recordings. If you're a fan you'll know already; if not, please listen.
The second treat is the publication in a sumptuous new edition of a comprehensive book of Dylan's lyrics, edited and introduced by respected Dylan scholar, Professor Christopher Ricks. One of the things that marks out this project is that it contains not only the official lyrics of all Dylan's songs, but also those from live recordings and selected variants (as Dylan fans will know, words are often changed intriguingly in performance and to have many of those changes documented is a joy).