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Bob Dylan to Release ‘The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12′

Columbia Records

The next installment of the Bob Dylan‘s heralded Bootleg Series will focus on the development of his electric sound in two crucial years during the ’60s.

The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12, due on Nov. 6, includes early demos, alternative versions and outtakes from a period that saw Dylan release Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde. Those sessions produced signature tracks including “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and “Visions of Johanna.”

“At the beginning, most songs were fairly shapeless,” Dylan sideman Al Kooper says in the new issue of Rolling Stone, which will be available Friday. “Only little by little did they come together.”

Expected highlights include Bob Dylan’s early attempt at a plugged-in version of “Mr. Tambourine Man,” months prior to the Byrds crafted a breakout hit with it. A take on “Visions of Johanna” includes alternate lyrics. And the whirlwind sessions for “Like a Rolling Stone” are comprehensively explored.

There are also early Blonde on Blonde tracks featuring future members of the Band, recorded before Dylan changed direction and decided to use a group of Nashville musicians. Those sessions differed greatly from the more loosely organized Highway 61 Revisited, said Kooper, who unexpectedly found himself sitting in on organ for “Like a Rolling Stone.”

The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 will be available in three different editions: an economical two-disc size, an expanded six-disc version and a massive 18-disc package, which includes, among other things, sessions for “Like a Rolling Stone.” The track listing for the six-CD edition is below, and you can get complete information at Dylan’s website.

Bob Dylan ‘The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12′ Track Listing

Disc 1

1. “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) acoustic, incomplete
2. “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” – Take 2 (1/13/1965) acoustic
3. “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” – Take 3 remake (1/13/1965) acoustic
4. “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” – Take 1 remake (1/14/1965) electric
5. “I’ll Keep It with Mine” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) piano demo, previously released on Biograph, 1985
6. “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic, previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7, 2005
7. “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) acoustic, incomplete
8. “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream” – Take 2 (1/13/1965) acoustic
9. “She Belongs to Me” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic
10. “She Belongs to Me” – Take 2 Remake (1/13/1965) acoustic
11. “She Belongs to Me” – Take 1 Remake (1/14/1965) electric
12. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic, previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3, 1991
13. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” – Take 1 remake (1/14/1965) electric
14. “Outlaw Blues” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic
15. “Outlaw Blues” – Take 2 Remake (1/13/1965) electric
16. “On the Road Again” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic
17. “On the Road Again” – Take 4 (1/14/1965) electric
18. “On the Road Again” – Take 1 remake (1/15/1965) electric
19. “On the Road Again” – Take 7 remake (1/15/1965) electric
20. “Farewell, Angelina” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic, previously released The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3, 1991
21. “If You Gotta Go, Go Now” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic
22. “If You Gotta Go, Go Now” – Take 2 (1/15/1965) electric
23. “You Don’t Have to Do That” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic, incomplete

Disc 2

1. “California” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic
2. “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” – Take 1 (1/15/1965) acoustic, demo
3. “Mr. Tambourine Man” – Takes 1 – 2 (1/15/1965) incomplete, with band
4. “Mr. Tambourine Man” – Take 3 (1/15/1965) incomplete, with band
5. “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” – Take 1 (6/15/1965)
6. “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” – Take 8 (6/15/1965)
7. “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” – Take 3 (7/29/1965)
8. “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry” – Take 3 remake (7/29/65)
9. “Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence” – Take 2 (6/15/1965)
10. “Tombstone Blues” – Take 1 (7/29/1965)
11. “Tombstone Blues” – Take 9 (7/29/1965) previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7, 2005
12. “Positively 4th Street” – Takes 1-3 (7/29/1965)
13. “Positively 4th Street” – Take 4 (7/29/1965)
14. “Positively 4th Street” – Take 5 (7/29/1965)
15. “Desolation Row” – Take 1 (8/4/1965)
16. “Desolation Row” – Take 2 (8/4/1965) piano demo
17. “Desolation Row” – Take 5 remake (8/2/1965)
18. “From a Buick 6″ – Take 1 (7/30/1965)
19. “From a Buick 6″ – Take 4 (7/30/1965) released in error on first pressing of Highway 61 Revisited, 1965

Disc 3

1. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 1-3 (6/15/1965)
2. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 4 (6/15/1965)
3. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 5 (6/15/1965)
4. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Rehearsal (6/16/1965)
5. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 1 (6/16/1965)
6. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Takes 2-3 (6/16/1965)
7. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 4 (6/16/1965) released on Highway 61 Revisited, 1965
8. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 5 (6/16/1965)
9. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 6 (6/16/1965)
10. “Like a Rolling Stone” -Take 8 (6/16/1965)
11. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Takes 9-10 (6/16/1965)
12. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 11 (6/16/1965)
13. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 12 (6/16/1965)
14. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 13 (6/16/1965)
15. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 14 (6/16/1965)
16. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 15 (6/16/1965)
17. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Master take – lead guitar isolated track
18. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Master take – vocal and guitar isolated track
19. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Mast take – drums and organ isolated track
20. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Master take – piano and bass isolated track

Disc 4

1. “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” – Take 1 (7/30/1965)
2. “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” – Take 17 (7/30/1965 released in error on the first pressing of “Positively 4th Street” single
3. “Highway 61 Revisited” – Take 3 (8/2/1965)
4. “Highway 61 Revisited” – Take 5 (8/2/1965)
5. “Highway 61 Revisited” – Take 7 (8/2/1965)
6. “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” – Take 1 (8/2/1965)
7. “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” – Take 3 (8/2/1965)
8. “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” – Take 13 (8/2/1965)
9. “Queen Jane Approximately” – Take 2 (8/2/1965)
10. “Queen Jane Approximately” – Take 5 (8/2/1965)
11. “Ballad of a Thin Man” – Take 2 (8/2/1965) incomplete
12. “Medicine Sunday” – Take 1 (10/5/1965)
13. “Jet Pilot” – Take 1 (10/5/1965) Previously released on Biograph, 1985
14. “I Wanna Be Your Lover” – Take 1 (10/5/1965)
15. “I Wanna Be Your Lover” – Take 6 (10/5/1965)
16. “Unknown Instrumental” – Take 2 (10/5/1965)
17. “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” – Takes 5-6 (11/30/1965)
18. “Visions of Johanna” – Take 1 (11/30/1965)
19. “Visions of Johanna” – Take 5 (11/30/1965)

Disc 5

1. “Visions of Johanna” – Take 7 (11/30/1965)
2. “Visions of Johanna” – Take 8 (11/30/1965) previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7, 2005
3. “Visions of Johanna” – Take 14 (11/30/1965)
4. “She’s Your Lover Now” – Take 1 (1/21/1966)
5. “She’s Your Lover Now” – Take 6 (1/21/1966)
6. “She’s Your Lover Now” – Take 15 (1/21/1966) previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3, 1991
7. “She’s Your Lover Now” – Take 16 (1/21/1966) solo piano
8. “One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)” – Take 2 (1/25/1966)
9. “One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)” – Take 4 (1/25/1966)
10. “One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)” – Take 19 (1/25/1966)
11. “Lunatic Princess” – Take 1 (1/27/1966)
12. “Fourth Time Around” – Take 11 (2/14/1966)
13. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” – Take 3 (2/14/1966)
14. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” – Take 8 (2/14/1966)

Disc 6

1. “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” – Take 1 (2/17/1966)
2. “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” – Rehearsal (2/17/1966)
3. “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” – Take 5 (2/17/1966) previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7, 2005
4. “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” – Take 13 (2/17/1966)
5. “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” – Take 14 (2/17/1966)
6. “Absolutely Sweet Marie” – Take 1 (3/7/1966)
7. “Just Like a Woman” – Take 1 (3/8/1966)
8. “Just Like a Woman” – Take 4 (3/8/1966)
9. “Just Like a Woman” – Take 8 (3/8/1966)
10. “Pledging My Time” – Take 1 (3/8/1966)
11. “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” – Take 1 (3/9/1966)
12. “Temporary Like Achilles” – Take 3 (3/9/1966)
13. “Obviously 5 Believers” – Take 3 (3/10/1966)
14. “I Want You” – Take 4 (3/10/1966)
15. “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” – Take 1 – (2/16/1966)

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