Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series provides a personal, behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of Dylan’s most well-known and beloved material. This week sees the release of the 12th volume, titled, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12.
The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series focuses on the legendary studio sessions that produced Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde, the trilogy of album masterpieces which secured Dylan’s reputation as a songwriter and performer of unprecedented depth, power and originality while significantly impacting the course of popular music and culture. All recordings included in The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 are pristine transfers and mixed from the original studio tracking tapes.
The Cutting Edge is available as a 6 CD set, packed with previously unheard Dylan songs, studio outtakes, rehearsal tracks, alternate working versions of familiar hits–including the complete “Like A Rolling Stone” session–and more; a Best of the Cutting Edge 2CD or 3 12″ vinyl LP set, or, for the hardcore, an 18 CD Collector’s Edition that will be available exclusively on bobdylan.com.
Yes, we have them in stock, and yes, they’ll be on the floor Friday morning. Come on down!
There’s a new four-CD Bob Dylan tribute, entitled Chimes of Freedom, that benefits Amnesty International and features an insane lineup of artists including Patti Smith, Bettye LaVette, Rise Against, Pete Townsend, Ziggy Marley, My Morning Jacket, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Michael Franti, Lucinda Williams, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Kesha, Bad Religion, Seal, Kronos Quartet and A LOT more. Here’s the official word on the project via Amnesty International:
“Chimes of Freedom features a stellar and diverse group of artists across the generational and musical spectrum. The performers, including many of Amnesty International’s longtime supporters, range in age from Miley Cyrus, 19, to folk music legend Pete Seeger, who, at 92, records Dylan’s poignant “Forever Young,” with a children’s chorus.
The diversity of the musicians and musical genres — from rock, rap, hip-hop to pop, folk, country, jazz and blues — attests to Amnesty’s depth of support in the music community, the universal appeal of the core message of human rights, and the breadth of Dylan’s impact on culture. Almost every track on the album is being released for sale for the first time — except for the title song, Dylan’s original 1964 recording of “Chimes of Freedom.”
As labels start gearing up for the holiday rush on music, the box sets start pouring in. They do make great presents for that fan who has everything else. We carry cd and vinyl versions whenever possible. Here are a few of the biggies, though there are probably more worthy mentionables, and there will be more coming down the pipe, so stay tuned and we’ll let you know when we receive them.