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Bob Dylan and "The Cutting Edge" -- A Gift That Keeps On Giving

new tracks just available for download!

Should you be one of the few, the happy few, who have a copy of the 18-disc Collector's Edition of Bob Dylan's latest Bootleg Series release, check your email -- and rejoice.  

The Cutting Edge 1965-1966:  The Bootleg Series Vol. 12, in its collector's form, already included 379 tracks, nine 45 rpm singles, a film cell strip from D.A. Pennebaker's classic Dont Look Back (1967), and a book full of photos of Dylan and his then-company that you'd never seen before.   Today, BobDylan.com announced a special holiday gift for you, available now as a download to your desktop or laptop.  Here's what you get, via the press release, in full, below.  If you're looking for me for the next ten hours, I'll be in my study with the headphones on, traveling from time to time, fifty years ago, and happy as a clam.  -- AMD 

"If you own the 18-CD Bob Dylan's The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12 – Collector's Edition, the holidays are coming early for you via a special gift from Columbia Records: 208 tracks encompassing more than ten hours of live Bob Dylan performances from his landmark 1965 tours, including 14 complete concerts – both acoustic and electric - and an array of recordings from television shows, hotel rooms, and other live appearances. Only 5,000 copies of the Collector's Edition have been produced, and less than 600 remain available for sale, exclusively through bobdylan.com. Once they're gone...they're gone!

Current owners of the Collector's Edition were alerted via email earlier and provided with details of how to redeem their treasure-trove of live Dylan performances. New buyers of the set will receive the same details in an email confirming their purchases.

This incredible set 18-cd set encompasses every note recorded during Bob's 1965-1966 recording sessions, including every alternate take and alternate lyric. All of the previously unreleased recordings have been mixed from the original studio tracking tapes, eliminating unwanted 1960s-era studio processing and artifice. This edition also includes Dylan's original nine mono 45 RPM singles released during the time period, packaged in newly created picture sleeves featuring global images from the era.

The complete list of gifted live performances is as follows:

February 17, 1965 (Les Crane Show, WABC-TV Studios, New York City, New York)

March 27, 1965 (Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California)

April 30, 1965 (The Oval, City Hall, Sheffield, England)

May 1, 1965 (Odeon, Liverpool, England)

May 2, 1965 (De Montfort Hall, Leicester, England)

May 5, 1965 (Town Hall, Birmingham, England)

May 6, 1965 (City Hall, Newcastle, England)

May 7, 1965 (Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England)

May 8, 1965 (Savoy Hotel, London, England)

May 9, 1965 (Royal Albert Hall, London, England)

May 10, 1965 (Royal Albert Hall, London, England)

June 1, 1965 (BBC Studios, London, England)

July 24, 1965 (Contemporary Songs Workshop, Newport Folk Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, Rhode Island)

July 25, 1965 (Newport Folk Festival, Freebody Park, Newport, Rhode Island)

August 28, 1965 (Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Queens, New York)

September 3, 1965 (Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California)

October 29 or 31, 1965 (Back Bay Theater, Boston, Massachusetts)

October 30, 1965 (Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, CT)

December 4, 1965 (Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, California).