The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966, Disc Two Reviewed

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Tom Wilson And Bob Dylan

Day three and this is the heart of the recording session, six songs completed and would appear on Bringing It All Back Home, an album so great we should bow down to it on Sundays and salute it when its birthday comes. So, one day of rehearsal, two days of recording and the album is complete.. Disc Three has four shots at a song that didn’t make it on the album and then a six month break before Dylan started recording Highway 61 Revisited in June 1965. While I never thought of this before, the two albums feel seasonal, Bringing It All Back has a closed in wintery feel (“Love Minus Zero: No Limit”)  and Highway 61 Revisited  the hot rock and rolling sweat of summer (the title track).

Disc 2
1. She Belongs To Me – Take 1 remake (1/14/1965) Complete.- Tom Wilson calls it “My Girl” which, since he doesn’t laugh, sure suggests a Dylan reference point. He reheased this solo solo the day before, and it sounded gorgeous. This is fine. So what’s the problem. No explanation for why they did another take, but a close listen suggest that Dylan wanted a quieter vocal.

2. She Belongs To Me – Take 2 remake (1/14/1965) Released on Bringing It All Back Home, 1965.- Here you go.

3. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream – Take 1 (1/14/1965) False start. – Caught em snoozing

4. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream – Take 2 (1/14/1965) Released on Bringing It All Back Home, 1965. – Here ya go.

5. On The Road Again – Take 1 (1/14/1965) False start. -“I don’t know. I gave it a name yesterday…”

6. On The Road Again – Take 2 (1/14/1965) Complete. – The arrangement isn’t there, the line reading isn’t  nasty enough.

7. On The Road Again – Take 3 (1/14/1965) False start.- That’s what happens when you have a band.

8. On The Road Again – Take 4 (1/14/1965) Complete. – The problem is, and this is a definition of genius here, he knows something is missing and it is missing by inches, maybe less:just that straight inflected line after “And you ask me why I don’t live here” -the answer to the line isn’t declarative enough.

9. Maggie’s Farm – Take 1 (1/15/1965) Released on Bringing It All Back Home, 1965. – All rock bands note, they nailed it IN ONE TAKE.

10. On The Road Again – Take 1 remake (1/15/1965) Complete. – Closer, the band sounds more like it and Dylan is pinpointing the problem.

11. On The Road Again – Takes 2-6 remake (1/15/1965) False starts/complete. The harp intro perfected, but the band are a touch off, and he still doesn’t have the vocal there.

12. On The Road Again – Take 7 remake (1/15/1965) Complete.- The harp is down, the band is chugging along and still not there.

13. On The Road Again – Takes 8-9 remake (1/15/1965) False starts. “I think not”

14. On The Road Again – Take 11 remake (1/15/1965) False start. – He screws up coming in on the second line.

15. On The Road Again – Take 12 remake (1/15/1965) False start.- Tom: “That tempos too fast to squeeze in all those words, Bobby”. Bob: “Hey man, cmon, we were going to do it.” Tom: “If you wanna do it right do it slow, if you wanna do it the way you wanna do it, go ahead.” Wow, wow, wow.

16. On The Road Again – Take 13 remake (1/15/1965) Released on Bringing It All Back Home, 1965. He slowed it down.

17. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Take 1 (1/15/1965) False start. – He was meant to do “Gates Of Eden” and forced himself to perform this one, though it was so long he wasn’t looking forward to it.

18. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) – Take 2 (1/15/1965) Released on Bringing It All Back Home, 1965. – Are you kidding me? He nailed it on one take.

19. Gates Of Eden – Take 1 (1/15/1965) Released on Bringing It All Back Home, 1965. – And again, just astounding.

20. Mr. Tambourine Man – Takes 1-2 (1/15/1965) False starts. – Gets pissy with Tom because Tom isn’t looking at him.

21. Mr. Tambourine Man – Take 3 (1/15/1965) Breakdown. – The drums are so loud they are driving Dylan crazy, “I’m going out of my mind” he says and stops the song as the finishing emd is close by. Unlike “Love Minus: Zero” earlier, there is no doubt this ain’t it.

22. Mr. Tambourine Man – Takes 4-5 (1/15/1965) Breakdown.- Gets back into the groove.

23. Mr. Tambourine Man – Take 6 (1/15/1965) Released on Bringing It All Back Home, 1965. – Slower and quieter.

24. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Take 1 remake (1/15/1965) Released on Bringing It All Back Home, 1965. – He rehearsed it once and that was that.

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