Listen to Bob Dylan’s Complete ‘Best of the Cutting Edge’
The double-disc set distilling highlights from Bob Dylan's upcoming The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 is now streaming in its entirety.
NPR offers the premiere of Best of the Cutting Edge, which you can check out below. Though far less comprehensive than the sprawling six-disc version available for completists — or the limited-edition 18-disc box offered to collectors — this version of Dylan's latest Bootleg Series installment still packs in 36 alternate takes and demos from one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed periods in his career.
The Best of the Cutting Edge stream is just the latest in a series of pre-release teases for the project, which have also included postings of "Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence," "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window" and a hybrid version of "Subterranean Homesick Blues" accompanied by a video containing previously unseen footage from the era.
As previously reported, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 culls officially unreleased material from sessions that later produced the classic Dylan LPs Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde, all presented in a state of flux as he tinkered relentlessly with lyrics and arrangements in pursuit of the versions that ultimately ended up on the albums. Due out Nov. 6, The Cutting Edge is available for pre-order now.
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