Bob Dylan Announces The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12

I hope Bob Dylan never stops putting out box sets. As long as there are diehard Dylan fans who will buy each and every anthology, I think they might as well be served with all the rarities, outtakes, and odds-and-ends that Columbia and Dylan can scrape together. If you view such releases with that generosity of spirit, then the next installment of Dylan’s bootleg series is a logical extension of the previously established release schedule, and not an attempt to wring as much money as possible from the peak of his artistic contributions. Titled The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12, the newest anthology will be out on 11/6. It contains outtakes, rehearsal tracks, and of course, the elusive alternative version of tracks off Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde On Blonde.

Here’s the story behind the anthology in video form:

The anthology is available in essentially three sizes: the 18-CD collectors edition, the 6-CD deluxe edition, and the 2-CD Best Of edition. The Best Of edition is also available on vinyl, and the extensive 18-CD deluxe edition claims to contain “every note” from those recording sessions. The collection also comes with an annotated book full of memorabilia, rare photographs, and essays by Bill Flanagan and Sean Wilentz. The tracklists for the 2-CD and 6-CD sets are below, the complete list for the 18 CD set can be found here.

Two disc set:

DISC 1
01 “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” – Take 2 (1/13/1965) acoustic
02 “I’ll Keep It with Mine” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) piano demo
03 “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream” – Take 2 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic
04 “She Belongs to Me” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic
05 “Subterranean Homesick Blues” – Take 1 (1/14/1965) alternate take
06 “Outlaw Blues” – Take 2 (1/13/1965) alternate take
07 “On the Road Again” – Take 4 (1/14/1965) alternate take
08 “Farewell, Angelina” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic
09 “If You Gotta Go, Go Now” – Take 2 (1/15/1965) alternate take
10 “You Don’t Have to Do That” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic
11 “California” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic
12 “Mr. Tambourine Man” – Take 3 (1/15/1965) with band, incomplete
13 “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry” – Take 8 (6/15/1965) alternate take
14 “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 5 (6/15/1965) rehearsal
15 “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 11 (6/16/1965) alternate take
16 “Sitting on a Barbed Wire Fence” – Take 2 (6/15/1965) unreleased take
17 “Medicine Sunday” – Take 1 (10/5/1965) early version of Temporary Like Achilles
18 “Desolation Row” – Take 2 (8/4/1965) piano demo
19 “Desolation Row” – Take 1 (8/4/1965) alternate take

DISC 2
01 “Tombstone Blues” – Take 1 (7/29/1965) alternate take
02 “Positively 4th Street” – Take 5 (7/29/1965) alternate take
03 “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” – Take 1 (7/30/1965) alternate take
04 “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” – Take 3 (8/2/1965) rehearsal
05 “Highway 61 Revisited” – Take 3 (8/2/1965) alternate take
06 “Queen Jane Approximately” – Take 5 (8/2/1965) alternate take
07 “Visions of Johanna” – Take 5 (11/30/1965) rehearsal
08 “She’s Your Lover Now” – Take 6 (1/21/1966) rehearsal
09 “Lunatic Princess” – Take 1 (1/27/1966)
10 “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” – Take 8 (2/14/1966) alternate take
11 “One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)” – Take 19 (1/25/1966) alternate take
12 “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” – Take 13 (2/17/1966) alternate take
13 “Absolutely Sweet Marie” – Take 1 (3/7/1966) alternate take
14 “Just Like a Woman” – Take 4 (3/8/1966) alternate take
15 “Pledging My Time” – Take 1 (3/8/1966) alternate take
16 “I Want You” – Take 4 (3/10/1966) alternate take
17 “Highway 61 Revisited” – Take 7 (8/2/1965) false start

All tracks previously unreleased except Disc 1, track 2, Biograph; Disc 1, track 8, The Bootleg Series, Volume 1-3.

Six disc set:
DISC 1:
01 “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) acoustic, incomplete
02 “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” – Take 2 (1/13/1965) acoustic
03 “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” – Take 3 remake (1/13/1965) acoustic
04 “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” – Take 1 remake (1/14/1965) electric
05 “I’ll Keep It with Mine” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) piano demo, previously released on Biograph, 1985
06 “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic, previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7, 2005
07 “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) acoustic, incomplete
08 “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream” – Take 2 (1/13/1965) acoustic
09 “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:
01 “California” – Take 1 (1/13/1965) solo acoustic
02 “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)” – Take 1 (1/15/1965) acoustic, demo
03 “Mr. Tambourine Man” – Takes 1 – 2 (1/15/1965) incomplete, with band
04 “Mr. Tambourine Man” – Take 3 (1/15/1965) incomplete, with band
05 “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry” – Take 1 (6/15/1965)
06 “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry” – Take 8 (6/15/1965)
07 “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry” – Take 3 (7/29/1965)
08 “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry” – Take 3 remake (7/29/65)
09 “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:
01 “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” – Take 1 (7/30/1965)
02 “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” – Take 17 (7/30/1965 released in error on the first pressing of Positively 4th Street single
03 “Highway 61 Revisited” – Take 3 (8/2/1965)
04 “Highway 61 Revisited” – Take 5 (8/2/1965)
05 “Highway 61 Revisited” – Take 7 (8/2/1965)
06 “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” – Take 1 (8/2/1965)
07 “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Take 3 (8/2/1965)
08 “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” – Take 13 (8/2/1965)
09 “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:
01 “Visions Of Johanna” – Take 7 (11/30/1965)
02 “Visions Of Johanna” – Take 8 (11/30/1965) previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7, 2005
03 “Visions Of Johanna” – Take 14 (11/30/1965)
04 “She’s Your Lover Now” – Take 1 (1/21/1966)
05 “She’s Your Lover Now” – Take 6 (1/21/1966)
06 “She’s Your Lover Now” – Take 15 (1/21/1966) previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3, 1991
07 “She’s Your Lover Now” – Take 16 (1/21/1966) solo piano
08 “One of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)” – Take 2 (1/25/1966)
09 “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:
01 “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” – Take 1 (2/17/1966)
02 “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” – Rehearsal (2/17/1966)
03 “Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again” – Take 5 (2/17/1966) previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7, 2005
04 “Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again” – Take 13 (2/17/1966)
05 “Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again” – Take 14 (2/17/1966)
06 “Absolutely Sweet Marie” – Take 1 (3/7/1966)
07 “Just Like A Woman” – Take 1 (3/8/1966)
08 “Just Like A Woman” – Take 4 (3/8/1966)
09 “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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