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99

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Nov 9, 2015
    100
    By breaking down the barriers that separated these three albums, The Cutting Edge shows how for Dylan during this blinding, brilliant peak his music was a living thing, evolving from song to song, take to take, where the quest itself was as transcendent as the final destination.
  5. 100
    The 65-66 era of his career occupies rarefied space in the annals of rock; The Cutting Edge somehow demystifies it and makes it seem more impressive all at once. For a guy who once warned us not to look back, Bob Dylan keeps giving us irresistible reasons to do exactly that.
  6. 100
    For anyone remotely interested in how great art is made, [the deluxe edition] is the equivalent of an audio master class as Dylan works, reworks and reworks again the song until it sonically captures the energy, defiance, outrage, empathy, celebration and liberation embedded in the lyrics.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Nov 5, 2015
    87
    The Cutting Edge is music of the present, but not the '60s present, an eternal present; the songs are about observation and they exist in a place where it's always now, in sound and word.
  11. Nov 11, 2015
    80
    The Cutting Edge allows fans to bear witness to perhaps the most astonishing explosion of language and sound in rock history, a new approach to song being forged before our very ears.
  12. Nov 6, 2015
    80
    At the very least, listening to The Cutting Edge 1965-1966 should send you scurrying back to the official versions of those three classic Bob Dylan albums. It’s his story, and it’s history, reconsidered one more time.
  13. Nov 5, 2015
    80
    It’s fascinating to hear how some songs started in one direction and darted into another one entirely.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 50
  2. Negative: 11 out of 50
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 10, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. HINARIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pisou demais, 3° melhor album Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »