Cutting Edge focuses on Dylan in 1965-1966

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Bob Dylan's The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 on Friday, November 6, 2015.
Bob Dylan (Photo by Don Hunstein)

Bob Dylan (Photo by Don Hunstein)

Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Bob Dylan’s The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 on Nov. 6.

The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s Bob Dylan Bootleg Series focuses on the studio sessions that produced Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde, the trilogy of albums that secured Dylan’s reputation as a songwriter and performer of unprecedented depth, power and originality while significantly impacting the course of popular music and culture. All recordings included in The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 are pristine transfers and mixed from the original studio tracking tapes.

The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 – Deluxe Edition brings together for the first time many of the most sought-after recordings of the entire Dylan canon. Here, across 6 CDs, are previously unheard Dylan songs, studio outtakes, rehearsal tracks, alternate working versions of familiar hits, including the complete “Like A Rolling Stone” session.

The Best of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol.12 is available in a 2CD or 3 12″ vinyl LP set and brings together some of the musical high points of the deluxe and super-deluxe collections.

An 18-disc Collector’s Edition of The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 will be available exclusively on BobDylan.com. Limited to a worldwide pressing of only 5,000 copies, this 18-disc edition will include every note recorded during the 1965-1966 sessions, every alternate take and alternate lyric.

All previously unreleased recordings have been mixed, utilizing the original studio tracking tapes as the source, eliminating unwanted 1960s-era studio processing and artifice. The 18CD edition includes Dylan’s original nine mono 45 RPM singles released during the time period, packaged in newly created picture sleeves featuring global images from the era. The limited edition includes rare hotel room recordings from the Savoy Hotel in London (May 4, 1965), the North British Station Hotel in Glasgow (May 13, 1966) and a Denver, Colorado hotel (March 12, 1966) as well as a strip of original film cells from “Don’t Look Back.”

The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 comes with an annotated book featuring hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia and new essays penned especially for the collection by Bill Flanagan and Sean Wilentz.

Generally regarded as three of the most important and influential albums of the golden era of 60’s rock, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde (a double album) were written and recorded across a span of merely 14 months (from January 1965 through March 1966) with producers Tom Wilson (Bringing It All Back Home, “Like A Rolling Stone”) in New York and Bob Johnston in New York (Highway 61 Revisited) and Nashville (Blonde On Blonde).

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