Evolution of a Song
Bob Dylan. Okay, he is a bit of an acquired taste, and there seems to be a generational effect when it comes to his appeal, but there is a new collection of CDs from him which got my attention. Columbia has been packaging what they call, the Bootleg series, and releasing some of his older stuff. The Cutting Edge 1965-66: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 is the latest release. There is a version available which is a little insane. 18 CDs worth. I am listening to it in parts. An interesting exercise. You get to see the evolution of the songs. Take a song like Subterranean Homesick Blues. It is a great music video, you can watch it here. The collection has eight versions of this song and if you know the final released version, it is an absolute blast listening to its progression. Gives you an insight into the process of creation. Absolutely mesmerizing.
The absolutely insane 18 disk edition is a little difficult to find. You might have more luck finding the 6 disk edition. It is available The Cutting Edge 1965 - 1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 (6 CD Deluxe Edition).
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