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

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Only two songs on July 30th, and only one of em made it on the album, and it was minor. Then on to August 2nd, trying to nail down “Highway 61 Revisited”. But this is only the beginning of that day. Disc Seven has a lot more going down.

1. Desolation Row – Take 1 (7/29/1965) Released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 7, 2005. – Who would leave this for the last song of the day? Of interest? “Somebody says you’re in the wrong place my friend, I think you better leave”? He had the actions and added the characters later. It didn’t quite matter who it was.

2. From A Buick 6 – Take 1 (7/30/1965) False start. starts the day with a roar…

3. From A Buick 6 – Take 2 (7/30/1965) False start.- Early morning jitters

4. From A Buick 6 – Take 4 (7/30/1965) Accidentally released on the first pressing of Highway 61 Revisited, 1965. He doesn’t have the lyric perfectly conned.

5. From A Buick 6 – Take 5 (7/30/1965) Released on Highway 61 Revisited, 1965. – So he slows it down a touch and there you are.

6. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Takes 1-4 (7/30/1965) False starts. – “Look at Barry run take one”. “Come in with them Bob, it sounds fuller”.

7. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 1 (7/30/1965) Complete. Why did they play “Jingle Bells” to warm up? I guess I can hear it a little now in the piano.

8. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 2 (7/30/1965) False start. – The false starts are much less interesting without Tom and Bob being testy.

9. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 3 (7/30/1965) Complete. – The second if five complete takes… it is a little too slow, not quite vehement enough.

10. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 4 (7/30/1965) False start. – Bobby calls a halt.

11. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 5 (7/30/1965) Complete.- He needs to speed it up a touch. Plus “I’m sure he has no intentions” is a little meh. With the lyric it is like PG Wodehouse use to say how he’d pin up every page crooked and rewrite till every word was perfect and all the pages were straight.

12. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 6 (7/30/1965) Rehearsal/false start. – He is rearranging the vocal and shouldn’t be.

13. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 7 (7/30/1965) False start. ‘”The doctors are here”

14. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 8 (7/30/1965) False start. – One more everybody real strong

15. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Takes 10-11 (7/30/1965) False starts. – Now it is too fast. Blows the lyric.

16. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 12 (7/30/1965) Complete. – Sounds perfect to me. Maybe he wanted the lyric more emphatic…

17. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 14 (7/30/1965) Breakdown. – I like his vocal, he seems to sneer the tacks line.

18. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 15 (7/30/1965) Breakdown.

19. Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? – Take 17 (7/30/1965) Accidentally Released as B-side of first pressing of Positively 4th Street single. – This is pretty good but I never felt he got the chorus perfect lyrically… The version with the Hawks later on is much better.

20. Highway 61 Revisited – Take 1 (8/02/1965) False start. – Here we go, shuffle it, rock it…

21. Highway 61 Revisited – Take 2 (8/02/1965) False start. – Doesn’t get started.

22. Highway 61 Revisited – Take 3 (8/02/1965) Complete. – The lyrics are being perfected and where is the whistle???

23. Highway 61 Revisited – Take 4 (8/02/1965) False start. aaaaah

24. Highway 61 Revisited – Take 5 (8/02/1965) Complete. – That harp? Meh.

25. Highway 61 Revisited – Take 5 (mis-slate) (8/02/1965) Complete. – Uncomfortable vocal, though I like “he said that way…”

26. Highway 61 Revisited – Take 6 (8/02/1965) Released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 7, 2005. – The arrangement is beginning to get there, but the lyric is still a touch clumsy…

27. Highway 61 Revisited – Take 7 (8/02/1965) False start. – There’s the whistle!!! Blow, Bob, blow

28. Highway 61 Revisited – Take 8 (8/02/1965) False start. – Yeah, you’d crack up.

29. Highway 61 Revisited – Take 9 (8/02/1965) Released on Highway 61 Revisited, 1965. – I find the leap in this song, bigger than the leap on “Like A Rolling Stone”.

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