The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966 Image
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  • Summary: The 12th release in the singer-songwriter's Bootleg series features outtakes, rehearsal, alternative versions and unreleased songs from 1965 and 1966, when he was recording Bringing It All back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and the Blonde on Blonde albums.
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  1. Nov 4, 2015
    100
    The songs on The Cutting Edge are just as brash, bristling and amazing to hear as they were when they were first unleashed half a century ago.
  2. 100
    He worked tirelessly to perfect these songs. And it’s a revelation to hear just how he got there, and the compelling missteps and musical frustrations he experienced along the way.
  3. Nov 4, 2015
    100
    To this day, Dylan regards the studio as an artifact-making machine and not a magical chamber freezing definitive versions of his songs. The Bootleg Series has bolstered this opinion before but never presented his creative process so nakedly. For any music fan, this is pure treasure.
  4. Nov 10, 2015
    100
    he Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966 is more than just music--it’s cultural history of colossal significance. This collection is a resource that fans and students of Dylan’s work will reference again and again as the years and decades pass and these classic albums are introduced to new generations of music fans.
  5. Nov 19, 2015
    100
    One of the most illuminating facets of The Cutting Edge is what an unequivocal testament it is, both to the layered ingenuity of the session musicians and Dylan’s self-ordained composing pursuits.
  6. Dec 17, 2015
    89
    The 6-disc set witnesses the studio process as it unfolded 50 years ago, particularly the CD unfolding the complete session for "Like a Rolling Stone."... Experience history in real time.
  7. Nov 5, 2015
    80
    It’s fascinating to hear how some songs started in one direction and darted into another one entirely.

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  1. Nov 10, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. HINARIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pisou demais, 3° melhor album Expand
  2. Jan 22, 2016
    7
    Amazing sound-scape and really good feel throughout the entire body of work, editing and mix-downs are exceptional also. great listen. willAmazing sound-scape and really good feel throughout the entire body of work, editing and mix-downs are exceptional also. great listen. will have you coming back for more. Expand
  3. Nov 10, 2015
    3
    Albums like theese are meant for one-listen-only, it's curious listening demos or alt-takes for classic songs; but the definitive version ofAlbums like theese are meant for one-listen-only, it's curious listening demos or alt-takes for classic songs; but the definitive version of each track is really the album version - for a reason! Hence this is a perfect fit for digital release; unfortunally the deluxe version is not avaliable for streaming - making this pointless to me// I can only shelve so many Dylan records, not gonna spend $100 on 6 disc demos , sorry. Expand
  4. Jan 27, 2016
    1
    It is not just this album but it is all of Bob's recording's I just find them really bad and not really any talent. This was the 1960s whenIt is not just this album but it is all of Bob's recording's I just find them really bad and not really any talent. This was the 1960s when there was tons of huge talent and brilliant albums such as Sgt. Pepper but this just isn't one of them. Expand