Bob Dylan to release huge box set containing all his sessions from 1965 to 1966

The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 offers a detailed look at the making of Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde

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This year marked the 50th anniversary of when Bob Dylan first plugged in an electric guitar during a live performance. That moment at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival changed the course of music history, but more directly, it marked a seismic shift in the work of The Bard. Now, a new box set will explore this mid-’60s transitional period in impressive, almost intimidating completeness.

The Cutting Edge 1965–1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 is an exhaustive new package that chronicles Dylan’s recording processes for three of his most classic records: Bringing It All Back HomeHighway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde. Due November 6th, the set comes in two-disc and six-disc configurations. The crown jewel, however, is a massive limited-edition 18-disc set that includes every take of every song for each of the three albums.

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The collection seeks to give unmatched insight into how Dylan developed and grew into his electric sound. As such, there are uptempo versions of “Visions of Johanna” and “Just Like a Woman”, vocal syncopations on “Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again”, and an entire 20-track disc just of different takes on “Like a Rolling Stone”. There are even a few attempts at trying “Mr. Tambourine Man” as an electric rock number, something Dylan abandoned but The Byrds got right six months later.

On that particular track, you hear Dylan say, “The drums are driving me mad.” Elsewhere, he can’t help but laugh as he attempts to add the police whistle to “Highway 61 Revisited”. Some tracks, like Bringing It All Back Home‘s “Gates of Eden”, were pulled off in one take. Others, like “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”, would go through four or five iterations before he nailed it. All of these experiments and rough takes come together to provide an unrivaled document of an artist at work during one of his most beloved and creative phases.

Rolling Stone has an extensive rundown on what will be included on The Cutting Edge, including quotes from some of the musicians who worked on the records. Below, find the tracklisting for the two-disc and six-disc versions.

The Cutting Edge 1965–1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 Two-Disc Tracklist:
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. “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.

The Cutting Edge 1965–1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 Six-Disc Tracklist:

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
01. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 1–3 (6/15/1965)
02. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 4 (6/15/1965)
03. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 5 (6/15/1965)
04. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Rehearsal (6/16/1965)
05. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 1 (6/16/1965)
06. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Takes 2-3 (6/16/1965)
07. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 4 (6/16/1965) released on Highway 61 Revisited, 1965
08. “Like a Rolling Stone” – Take 5 (6/16/1965)
09. “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)

Watch Dylan’s video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues”:

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