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The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series,, Vol. 12 [Deluxe Edition] based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
At least 99.99% of Bob Dylan's contemporaries would consider these outtakes a career peak. There are some incomplete takes and false starts but the excitement of the creatives process comes through loud and clear. The sidemen include Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, the musicians who became The Band, and the cream of the 60s Nashville session men. Some of the roads not taken include Mr. Tambourine Man with drums, Just Like A Woman set to a Bo Diddley beat, and Highway 61 Revisited without the police whistle. Another highlight is Dylan's singing, some of the best of his career. He believes in what he is doing and is enjoying himself, occasionally cracking up at his missteps. I do think it is time the Bootleg Series compilers give us something from other than Bob's first decade. The Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tours or the Christian era concerts are parts of the Dylan canon I would like to hear.