Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966, Disc Sixteen Reviewed

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and you smoke just like a woman

 

From March 8th to March 9th, 1966, fifty years ago, mind, on a Tuesday, Wednesday, midweek, hump day, full of grace to full of woe, Dylan in Nashville nailed down “Pledging My Time”, “Just Like A Woman”, “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)”, “Temporary Like Achilles”, and “Rainy Day Women #12 and 35”. In other words, an astounding amount of world class work.

On “Mostly” he rhymes “Lose face” and “everyplace” and on “Just Like A Woman” she makes mistakes instead of makes love. The songs are done without being finished. Especially “Just Like A Woman” where it wasn’t that huge change in a line that gift wrapped the song, it was when he figured out the bridge (Take 10 to Take 11).

Both “Temporary Like Achilles” and “Rainy Day Women”, nearing the end of two doors of relentlessly hard work, came easy. They would take a day off and return on Friday.

1. “Just Like A Woman” Take 8 (3/08/1966) Complete 5:21
2. “Just Like A Woman” Takes 9-10 (3/08/1966) False start, breakdown 3:46
3. “Just Like A Woman” Takes 11-12 (3/08/1966) Rehearsal 1:20
4. “Just Like A Woman” Take 13 (3/08/1966) Breakdown 3:54
5. “Just Like A Woman” Takes 14-15 (3/08/1966) Rehearsal 1:30
6. “Just Like A Woman” Take 16 (3/08/1966) Complete 5:10
7. “Just Like A Woman” Take 17 (3/08/1966) Breakdown 0:52
8. “Just Like A Woman” Take 18 (3/08/1966) Released on Blonde On Blonde, 1966 4:53
9. “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” Take 1 (3/09/1966) Complete 3:38
10. “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” Take 2 (3/09/1966) Rehearsal 1:04
11. “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” Take 3 (3/09/1966) Rehearsal 1:42
12. “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” Take 4 (3/09/1966) Rehearsal 1:34
13. “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” Take 5 (3/09/1966) Breakdown 1:10
14. “Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” Take 6 (3/09/1966) Released on Blonde on Blonde, 1966 3:29
15. “Temporary Like Achilles” Take 1 (3/09/1966) Complete 5:14
16. “Temporary Like Achilles” Take 2 (3/09/1966) False start 0:38
17. “Temporary Like Achilles” Take 3 (3/09/1966) Complete 5:41
18. “Temporary Like Achilles” Take 4 (3/09/1966) Released on Blonde On Blonde, 1966 5:19
19. “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” (3/10/1966) Rehearsal 1:35
20. “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” Take 1 (3/10/1966) Released on Blonde On Blonde, 1966 4:41

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