The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966

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The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966
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Compilation album by Bob Dylan
Released November 6, 2015
Recorded January 13, 1965 – May 13, 1966
Genre Folk rock
Length 145:04
Label Columbia
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The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 is the tenth installment in the ongoing Bob Dylan Bootleg Series, released on Legacy Records in November 2015. Comprising recordings from 1965 and 1966 of mostly unreleased demos and outtakes from recording sessions for the albums Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde. Three different versions of the set were released simultaneously: a two-disc Best of edition in the packaging and format standard to the rest of the series after the first installment; a six-disc box set Deluxe edition similar in packaging to its counterpart from the previous Bootleg set; and a temporarily available 18-disc limited Collector's Edition available exclusively by order from Dylan's official website, which also came with nine mono vinyl singles reproducing singles released around the world by Dylan during this era. The Collector's Edition was unique as it included "...every note recorded during the 1965–1966 sessions, every alternate take and alternate lyric."[1]

The title of the set, “The Cutting Edge,” a hackneyed expression about being at the forefront of a movement, is used ironically by Dylan in his 2004 memoir Chronicles: Volume One when writing about the music scene of the late 1950s and early 1960s. He proleptically describes the era by alluding to the Rock Era that had not yet arrived:

[John Hammond] saw me as someone in the long line of a tradition, the tradition of blues, jazz and folk and not as some newfangled wunderkind on the cutting edge. Not that there was any cutting edge. Things were pretty sleepy on the Americana music scene in the late '50s and early '60s. Popular radio was sort of at a standstill and filled with empty pleasantries. It was years before The Beatles, The Who or The Rolling Stones would breathe new life and excitement into it. [2]

He also uses it later in chapter 5, "River of Ice" when describing "Pirate Jenny":

I took the song apart and unzipped it -- it was the form, the free verse association, the structure and disregard for the known certainty of melodic patterns to make it seriously matter, give it its cutting edge.[3]

Presumably, this set was called "The Cutting Edge" because it represents the period when Dylan was perceived as the “newfangled wunderkind on the cutting edge” who was contributing "free verse association" to the lyrics of a new era.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic99/100 [4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars [5]
American Songwriter5/5 stars [6]
Billboard4/5 stars [7]
Drowned in Sound10/10 [8]
Paste10/10 [9]
Pitchfork Media8.7/10 [10]
PopMatters10/10 stars [11]
Telegraph (UK)4/5 stars [12]

Best of track listing[edit]

Disc one
No.TitleVersionLength
1."Love Minus Zero/No Limit"Take 2, Acoustic3:11
2."I'll Keep It with Mine"Take 1, Piano Demo 4:11
3."Bob Dylan's 115th Dream"Takes 1 and 2, Solo Acoustic6:17
4."She Belongs to Me"Take 1, Solo Acoustic2:57
5."Subterranean Homesick Blues"Take 1, Alternate Take2:38
6."Outlaw Blues"Take 2, Alternate Take3:29
7."On the Road Again"Take 4, Alternate Take2:31
8."Farewell, Angelina"Take 1, Solo Acoustic 5:28
9."If You Gotta Go, Go Now"Take 2, Alternate Take2:50
10."You Don't Have to Do That"Take 1, Solo Acoustic0:50
11."California"Take 1, Solo Acoustic3:05
12."Mr. Tambourine Man"Take 3 with Band, Incomplete3:23
13."It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry"Take 8, Alternate Take3:28
14."Like a Rolling Stone" (Short Version)Take 5, Rehearsal1:44
15."Like a Rolling Stone"Take 11, Alternate Take5:56
16."Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence"Take 23:58
17."Medicine Sunday"Take 11:01
18."Desolation Row"Take 2, Piano Demo2:00
19."Desolation Row"Take 1, Alternate Version11:15
Total length:70:12
Disc two
No.TitleVersionLength
1."Tombstone Blues"Take 1, Alternate Take7:30
2."Positively 4th Street"Take 5, Alternate Take4:24
3."Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" (Short Version)Take 1, Alternate Take4:05
4."Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"Take 3, Rehearsal5:39
5."Highway 61 Revisited"Take 3, Alternate Take3:30
6."Queen Jane Approximately"Take 5, Alternate Take6:02
7."Visions of Johanna"Take 5, Rehearsal7:40
8."She's Your Lover Now"Take 6, Rehearsal4:58
9."Lunatic Princess"Take 11:20
10."Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat"Take 8, Alternate Take3:26
11."One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)"Take 19, Alternate Take5:10
12."Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again"Take 13, Alternate Take4:03
13."Absolutely Sweet Marie"Take 1, Alternate Take5:01
14."Just Like a Woman"Take 4, Alternate Take5:19
15."Pledging My Time"Take 1, Alternate Take3:22
16."I Want You"Take 4, Alternate Take2:51
17."Highway 61 Revisited"Take 7, False Start0:32
Total length:74:52

Deluxe edition track listing[edit]

  • Previously released.

Collector's edition track listing[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 26
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 12
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 50
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[17] 31
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[18] 5
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 59
Irish Albums (IRMA)[20] 8
Italian Albums (FIMI)[21] 11
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[22] 23
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[23] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[24] 24
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 10
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 12
US Billboard 200[28] 33

Year-end[edit]

Chart (2015) Position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[29] 199

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Dylan, p. 5.
  3. ^ Dylan, p. 275.
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  5. ^ AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2015-11-06). "The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 – Bob Dylan | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  6. ^ Beviglia, Jim (2015-11-06). "Bob Dylan: The Cutting Edge « American Songwriter". Americansongwriter.com. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  7. ^ Mitch Myers (2015-11-06). "Bob Dylan's Most Prolific Period Revisited (Again) in 'Bootleg Series Volume 12': Album Review". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
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  10. ^ Mark Richardson (2015-11-05). "Bob Dylan: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966: The Bootleg Series Volume 12 Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  11. ^  . "Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966". PopMatters. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
  12. ^ Neil McCormick, Music Critic (2015-11-11). "Bob Dylan, 1965–66: The Cutting Edge, review: 'a fascinating act of deconstruction'". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-02. 
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  20. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 46, 2015". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
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  28. ^ "Bob Dylan Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
  29. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 2015" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved March 19, 2016.

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