Review

Best of The Cutting Edge: 1965-1966 Bootleg Series, Vol.12-Bob Dylan
(Columbia/Legacy)

CUTTING EDGE DLX MASTERThese are brilliant studio recordings Bob Dylan waxed in 1965 and 1966 in New York City and Nashville. Most of these tracks, alternate takes, rehearsals, and demos are previously unreleased. Many of these songs wound up on Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde. There’s something relaxing about hearing these tracks unspool. But the loose vibe belies a frenetic, prolific period, where Dylan was brimming with new songs, touring and recording at a fast clip. It’s a heady mix of full band and solo acoustic tracks, from a band version of “Mr. Tambourine Man” to “Like A Rolling Stone” done as a waltz. An up-tempo rocker, upon closer inspection turns out to be “Visions of Johanna.” John Sebastian, Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield and The Hawks (later known as The Band) turn up on various tracks, as you might expect.