The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12:  The Cutting Edge 1965-1966:  [Deluxe Edition]

The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: [Deluxe Edition]

by Bob Dylan

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Overview

"I'll do this one more time and if I can't do it, we'll do another song. I'll do any song as good as I can do it the first time." Bob Dylan says these words once his first solo take of "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" breaks down after a minute. Dylan's definition of "good" is fluid, of course. Sometimes, a first take satisfied him -- "Maggie's Farm" and "Gates of Eden" are two prime examples -- but often he'd find he could do a song better or at least do it differently, swapping out words, speeding up the tempo, and changing the feel, occasionally radically transforming his song. Sometimes, these radical transformations are the versions that found their way to the finished record, so they're now seen as etched in stone but The Cutting Edge 1965-1966, the 12th volume of The Bootleg Series, shows Dylan didn't enter the studio with posterity in mind when he went to cut Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde on Blonde: he was making music of and for the moment. Familiarity hasn't necessarily dulled the impact of these three records, all written and recorded within a span of 14 months -- a period of time when Dylan also filmed Don't Look Back, electrified the Newport Folk Festival, and was declared a Judas at the Royal Albert Hall -- but they have made them seem inevitable, works carved out of granite whose fates were preordained. The gift of The Cutting Edge is that it makes this, the greatest run of creativity in Dylan's career and perhaps in rock & roll in general, once again seems wild, nervy, and quicksilver, upending expectations and undercutting conventions. Within one of the three sets of liner notes, Bill Flanagan calls these six discs of outtakes, alternates, and rehearsals "work tapes," which is technically true, but undersells how this music crackles as it shape-shifts, sometimes soaring, sometimes stumbling, but always feeling fiercely alive. If it's difficult to claim that a solo "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" and a locomotive "Visions of Johanna" recorded with the Band are superior to the versions on Home and Blonde, they're nevertheless magnificent in their own right while also shedding light on how Dylan worked; with producer Tom Wilson, the singer/songwriter wasted no time, while Bob Johnston allowed Bob to twist and test his songs, letting him discover the soul that lay within. Along the way, Dylan was truly fearless -- he'd goose a tempo to see if it gave a ballad life, he'd let Mike Bloomfield and Robbie Robertson run wild; the fact that he abandoned a song as wonderful as "She's Your Lover Now," possibly because it never quite withstood such stress tests, speaks volumes -- and among the many gifts The Cutting Edge has to offer is that it illuminates these three great records while also illustrating that they were just mere snapshots in time. By breaking down the barriers that separated these three albums, The Cutting Edge shows how for Dylan during this blinding, brilliant peak his music was a living thing, evolving from song to song, take to take, where the quest itself was as transcendent as the final destination.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2015
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888751244122
catalogNumber: 512441
Rank: 144285

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  2. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  3. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  4. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  5. I'll Keep It with Mine
  6. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
  7. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream
  8. Bob Dylan's 115th Dream
  9. She Belongs to Me
  10. She Belongs to Me
  11. She Belongs to Me
  12. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  13. Subterranean Homesick Blues [
  14. Outlaw Blues
  15. Outlaw Blues
  16. On the Road Again
  17. On the Road Again
  18. On the Road Again
  19. On the Road Again
  20. Farewell, Angelina
  21. If You Gotta Go, Go Now
  22. If You Gotta Go, Go Now [Take
  23. You Don't Have to Do That [Versi

Disc 2

  1. California
  2. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
  3. Mr. Tambourine Man
  4. Mr. Tambourine Man
  5. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry [Complete [6/
  6. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry [Alternate Ta
  7. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
  8. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry [Com
  9. Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence
  10. Tombstone Blues
  11. Tombstone Blues
  12. Positively 4th Street
  13. Positively 4th Street
  14. Positively 4th Street
  15. Desolation Row
  16. Desolation Row
  17. Desolation Row
  18. From a Buick 6
  19. From a Buick 6

Disc 3

  1. Like a Rolling Stone
  2. Like a Rolling Stone
  3. Like a Rolling Stone
  4. Like a Rolling Stone
  5. Like a Rolling Stone
  6. Like a Rolling Stone
  7. Like a Rolling Stone
  8. Like a Rolling Stone
  9. Like a Rolling Stone
  10. Like a Rolling Stone
  11. Like a Rolling Stone
  12. Like a Rolling Stone
  13. Like a Rolling Stone
  14. Like a Rolling Stone
  15. Like a Rolling Stone False Start]
  16. Like a Rolling Stone
  17. Like a Rolling Stone
  18. Like a Rolling Stone
  19. Like a Rolling Stone
  20. Like a Rolling Stone

Disc 4

  1. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? [Altern
  2. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
  3. Highway 61 Revisited
  4. Highway 61 Revisited
  5. Highway 61 Revisited
  6. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  7. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  8. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  9. Queen Jane Approximately
  10. Queen Jane Approximately [Tak
  11. Ballad of a Thin Man
  12. Medicine Sunday
  13. Jet Pilot
  14. I Wanna Be Your Lover
  15. I Wanna Be Your Lover
  16. Instrumental
  17. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
  18. Visions of Johanna
  19. Visions of Johanna

Disc 5

  1. Visions of Johanna
  2. Visions of Johanna
  3. Visions of Johanna
  4. She's Your Lover Now
  5. She's Your Lover Now
  6. She's Your Lover Now
  7. She's Your Lover Now
  8. One of Us Must Know
  9. One of Us Must Know
  10. One of Us Must Know [Alter
  11. Lunatic Princess
  12. Fourth Time Around
  13. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
  14. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
  15. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

Disc 6

  1. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again [Rehearsal
  2. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
  3. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
  4. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again [Alternat
  5. Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again [Complete
  6. Absolutely Sweet Marie
  7. Just Like a Woman
  8. Just Like a Woman
  9. Just Like a Woman
  10. Pledging My Time
  11. Most Likely You Go Your Way [Tak
  12. Temporary Like Achilles
  13. Obviously Five Believers
  14. I Want You
  15. Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Dylan   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Slide Whistle
John Hammond   Guitar
Kooper   Organ,Celeste,Electric Piano,Tambourine
Robbie Robertson   Guitar
John Sebastian   Bass,Harmonica
Joe South   Bass,Guitar
Rick Danko   Bass
Sam Lay   Drums
Bobby Gregg   Drums
John Boone   Bass
Harvey Brooks   Bass
Gorgoni   Guitar
Paul Griffin   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Levon Helm   Drums
Garth Hudson   Organ
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Bruce Langhorne   Guitar,Tambourine
Richard Manuel   Piano,Electric Piano
Wayne Moss   Guitar,Trombone
Frank Owens   Piano,Electric Piano
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Bass,Piano
Jeff Rosen   Compield
Russ Savakus   Bass
Henry Strzelecki   Organ,Bass
Charlie McCoy   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Trumpet,Bass Harmonica
Joseph Macho   Bass
Mike Bloomfield   Guitar
William E. Lee   Bass
Kenneth Rankin   Guitar
Sandy Konikoff   Drums
Kenneth Buttrey   Guitar,Drums
Angeline Butler   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Johnston   Producer
Jeff Rosen   Producer
Tom Wilson   Producer
Bill Flanagan   Liner Notes
Geoff Gans   Art Direction
Maria Villar   Layout
Bryan Lasley   Layout
Jeremy Holiday   Editorial Coordinator
Steve Berkowitz   Producer
Sean Wilentz   Liner Notes
Ben Rollins   Liner Notes

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The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series,, Vol. 12 [Deluxe Edition] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
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.