I Shall Be Released was written by Bob Dylan in 1967. It was recorded by The Band in 1968 and was released on their debut album Music From Big Pink. George Harrison owned a copy of the album. I Shall Be Released was also released as the B-side to “The Weight” in 1968. The single reached number twenty-one on the UK Singles chart and number sixty-three on the Billboard chart. The Beatles played I Shall Be Released during the Let It Be sessions. Bob Dylan’s version was first released in 1971 on the album Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II.