Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series Vol. XII "The Cutting Edge"*

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  1. Mr. D

    Mr. D Forum Resident

    This article argues for the 2CD set with some assorted downloads from the 6CD set. Food for thought:

    Bob Dylan's The Cutting Edge: a fan's perfect playlist
  2. Percy Song

    Percy Song Forum Resident

    Oh, cock! Yes, of course; my apologies for continuing the long-accepted notion about the "bass" on "Baby Blue". Bill Lee is featured on bass on "Bringing It All Back Home" but probably not on "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue". I'm now going to follow my own recommendations and read everything Roger wrote yet again, hoping it sticks this time. :agree:

    (I've also requested a new brain for Christmas. Fat chance!)
  3. revolution_vanderbilt

    revolution_vanderbilt Forum Resident

    New York
    As if I needed a reason to revisit old Big Blue.
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  4. SlimLee

    SlimLee Forum Resident

    Thanks for the input all! I think I'll try my luck in the post-Christmas sales. This was my first favourite era of Bob's, Highway 61 is the album that got me into his music.
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  5. lou

    lou Forum Resident

    How could I forgot about Sam? He played live with Dylan! Didn't know about Frank Owens.
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  6. Percy Song

    Percy Song Forum Resident

    Without wishing to sound like a stuck record (or Roger Ford's agent...!) I highly recommend downloading and reading these PDFs on his newly relaunched website:-

    The Cutting Edge, Collector's Edition
  7. Percy Song

    Percy Song Forum Resident

    Bruce "Mr Tambourine Man" Langhorne


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    PADYBU Well-Known Member

    anyone got scans of the 7" singles from this?
  9. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    Quite so.
  10. Crush87

    Crush87 Forum Resident

    New York
    Just occurred to me listening to my Complete Mono vinyl box - would anyone have preferred this Cutting Edge set mixed to mono?
  11. notesofachord

    notesofachord Forum Resident

    Utah's Dixie
    An interesting idea, but no. While I agree that a well-made mono mix can be a more pleasing listening experience than a "warts n' all", haphazard stereo one, when it comes to outtakes, alternative takes, and rehearsals such as we get with The Cutting Edge - it's better to expose all of the elements spread across a stereo sound-field.

    I'd say the same thing about The Beach Boys Complete Smile Sessions too.
  12. lee59

    lee59 Average Member

    Los Gatos, CA
    Not me
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  13. Crush87

    Crush87 Forum Resident

    New York
    This makes sense.
    I suppose the reason I thought of it is, it seems they likely chose stereo for commerciability purposes in today's times. But, if the intent of those records was to be released in mono, then an argument could be made that releasing the box in mono would have made more sense from a historical perspective. I certainly see both sides and suppose stereo lends itself to a wider sonic view of the sessions, like you said. Just thoughts.
  14. Percy Song

    Percy Song Forum Resident

    If Roger's essays and the notes in Big Blue are not enough for you then this might be worth buying in October:-


    There have been several pretty decent books that deal with Highway 61 Revisited. I think this is the first book to (apparently) concentrate solely on "Blonde on Blonde", and about time too.

    "That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound is the definitive treatment of Bob Dylan's magnum opus, Blonde on Blonde, not only providing the most extensive account of the sessions that produced the trailblazing album, but also setting the record straight on much of the misinformation that has surrounded the story of how the masterpiece came to be made. Including many new details and eyewitness accounts never before published, as well as keen insight into the Nashville cats who helped Dylan reach rare artistic heights, it explores the lasting impact of rock's first double album. Based on exhaustive research and in-depth interviews with the producer, the session musicians, studio personnel, management personnel and others, Daryl Sanders chronicles the road that took Dylan from New York to Nashville in search of "that thin, wild mercury sound." As Dylan told Playboy in 1978, the closest he ever came to capturing that sound was in Studio A at Columbia's Music City headquarters during the Blonde on Blonde sessions, where the voice of a generation was backed by musicians of the highest order."

    Daryl wrote an article called "Blonde Ambition" quite a few years ago here:-

    Looking back on Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde, the record that changed Nashville

  15. Richard--W

    Richard--W Forum Resident

    I'll no doubt buy the book and then never read it.

    He looked really strange for 1966 compared to most men. The album photo must have really freaked out the Greenwich Village crowd, to see how much their folkie had changed.
  16. mpayan

    mpayan Forum Resident

    Does any print exist suitable for framing of that Blonde On Blonde photo on the front of that book?

    Always wanted one to frame.
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