On first glance, the new Bob Dylan, micro-site, Studio A Revisited, appears to be just a way to market the new Bootleg Series set, The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12.
Not so fast.
Sure there are short samples from a handful of songs and a link to where you can buy one of the versions of the new set, but head to the section of the site called “Jam Session” and you can hear something that not even spending $599 on the 18-CD collection will get you: the chance to hear various “mixes” of the four tracks — stems, they’re called — that were combined to make the classic version of “Like a Rolling Stone” in 1965.
While those individual stems are included on the 18 CD and 6 CD versions of the set, there is no easy way to hear various combinations unless you visit Studio A Revisited.
In the Jam Session section you can listen to each track solo, or combine any two or three tracks, as well as all four. Want to hear Michael Bloomfield’s guitar part along with the Bobby Gregg’s drums and Al Kooper’s organ? No problem. Or hear Dylan’s vocal and guitar along with Paul Griffin’s piano and Joseph Macho, Jr.’s bass. Or check out Bloomfield’s guitar, plus drums, bass, organ and piano without Dylan’s guitar and vocal.
The stems for “One of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)” are “coming soon” to Studio A Revisited. I can’t wait.
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