Canadians won six awards, including Justin Bieber and the Weeknd. This may be the coolest tie to the Forest City though…
Producer Jon Haust is from London, and worked with Engineer Peter Moore of Hamilton on mastering Bob Dylan and The Band’s “The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11” and was awarded with Best Historical Album at the Grammys last night.
From Toronto Star:
“We reach into that netherworld of records that have been recorded but neither erased nor released,” says Haust, a native of London, Ont.
“I like to think we pull them through time and give them liberty.”
The fabled recordings “sort of appeared in a locker” when the Band’s Garth Hudson was going through items in storage, says Haust.
After hearing about the discovery, Haust encouraged him to send the tapes to Canada for restoration, and sidelined bigger plans for a Levon and the Hawks boxed set to devote more time to Dylan’s recordings.
The complete tapes, which Dylan made with Toronto’s the Band in 1967, were already popular bootlegs with music aficionados interested in filling their shelves with the demos of famous rock performers.
So came the release of The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete, an extensive six-disc collection that features 138 takes of 115 songs recorded with the Band in a basement near Woodstock, N.Y., as Dylan was recovering from a motorcycle accident.
The compilation garnered rave reviews from critics and gave Haust and Moore a new-found level of global attention — which included the Grammy nomination.
“All those years spent in basements and storage lockers — hours and hours — there’s a little acknowledgment there.”