Bob Dylan’s catalog is an eternal font of rarities and alternate takes, and the newest installment of Dylan’s Bootleg Series, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966, collects previously unreleased material from the era of Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde On Blonde. The first actual taste of The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 has arrived today, Take 1 of “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window” featuring Mike Bloomfield on lead guitar, Paul Griffin on piano, Harvey Brooks and Bobby Gregg on bass and drums, and Al Kooper on the celeste, recorded during the sessions for Highway 61 Revisited. Compared to the version that was released as a single later in 1965, backed by the group of musicians that would later become the Band, this earlier take on the song — known as “Look At Barry Run” at this stage — is slower, softer, and prettier, granted a hazy beauty by the tinkling celeste. Listen to it over on The Daily Beast.
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 is out 11/6 on Columbia.