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

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February14th, 1966  in Nashville: the first day of the new regime. the finishing end of the Tom Wilson age if you will, gives us three completed songs for Blonde On Blonde and one that would turn up on the first Bootleg triple (you’ll find it on Disc Twelve reviewed here). “Fourth Time Around”, where take 11 sure hits me as good as enough but Dylan wanted to push his vocal, he actually makes it less pretty, the uglying up unnecessary: the song was tough minded enough, after you’ve said “I never asked for your crutch now don’t ask for mine” hurt feelings kinda come with the territory, don’t they?

Shockingly enough, after being baffled by the song all through January, they nail “Visions Of Johanna” dead on the fourth time round themselves, and then tackled “Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat” until they wrestled it to the ground. It is soon clear that the problem isn’t the song, the problem is the tone and I wonder if they ever get it 100%.

So much for Valentine’s Day, and the very next day starts here with rehearsals for “I’ll Keep It With Mine”.

1. “Fourth Time Around” Take 11 (2/14/1966) Complete 4:27
2. “Fourth Time Around” Takes 12-13 (2/14/1966) False starts 0:47
3. “Fourth Time Around” Takes 14-16 (2/14/1966) False starts 0:52
4. “Fourth Time Around” Takes 17-18 (2/14/1966) False starts 1:16
5. “Fourth Time Around” Take 19 (2/14/1966) Breakdown 1:51
6. “Fourth Time Around” Take 19 again (2/14/1966) Released on Blonde On Blonde, 1966 4:36
7. “Visions Of Johanna” Take 1 (2/14/1966) False start 0:22
8. “Visions Of Johanna” Take 2 (2/14/1966) Breakdown 2:45
9. “Visions Of Johanna” Take 3 (2/14/1966) False start 0:34
10. “Visions Of Johanna” Take 4 (2/14/1966) Released on Blonde On Blonde, 1966 7:33
11. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” Takes 1-2 (2/14/1966) Rehearsal 1:17
12. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” Take 3 (2/14/1966) Complete 4:27
13. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” Takes 4-5 (2/14/1966) Rehearsal 1:13
14. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” Take 6 (2/14/1966) Breakdown 1:20
15. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” Take 6 again (2/14/1966) Rehearsal 0:42
16. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” Take 8 (2/14/1966) Complete 3:26
17. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” Take 9 (2/14/1966) Breakdown 1:56
18. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” Take 10 (2/14/1966) False start 0:59
19. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” Take 11 (2/14/1966) Breakdown 1:46
20. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” Take 12 (2/14/1966) False start 0:14
21. “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat” Take 13 (2/14/1966) Complete 2:41
22. “I’ll Keep It With Mine (instrumental)” Take 1 (2/15/1966) Rehearsal 0:31
23. “I’ll Keep It With Mine (instrumental)” Take 2 (2/15/1966) Rehearsal 1:08
24. “I’ll Keep It With Mine (instrumental)” Take 3 (2/15/1966) Rehearsal 0:07
25. “I’ll Keep It With Mine (instrumental)” Take 4 (2/15/1966) Rehearsal 2:01
26. “I’ll Keep It With Mine (instrumental)” Take 5 (2/15/1966) Rehearsal 1:48
27. “I’ll Keep It With Mine (instrumental)” Takes 6-7 (2/15/1966) Rehearsal 1:17
28. “I’ll Keep It With Mine (instrumental)” Take 8 (2/15/1966) Rehearsal 2:06
29. “I’ll Keep It With Mine (instrumental)” Take 8 again (2/15/1966) Complete 3:13
30. “I’ll Keep It With Mine (instrumental)” Take 9 (2/15/1966) Complete 3:11

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