Wednesday, November 20, 2019

3 Songs: On Repeat from Bob Dylan (Featuring Johnny Cash) – Travelin’ Thru 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15

The next chapter in Bob Dylan’s long-running Bootleg Series is titled, Bob Dylan (Featuring Jonny Cash) – Travelin’ Thru 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15, and is out now on Columbia/Legacy Recordings.  While not as celebrated (no Scorsese-produced Netflix film) and not as hefty as the Royal Thunder Revue reissue from earlier this year, Travelin’ Thru is more exciting as it chronicles the years between 1967 and 1969, which saw the release of the acclaimed albums, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait.  The 3CD or 3LP set features 47 previously unreleased recordings including outtakes, rehearsals and alternate takes from those sessions and is highlighted by recordings of Dylan and Johnny Cash together. 
The first disc focuses on alternate versions of songs like, “All Along The Watchtower”, “Lay Lady Lay” and “I Am A Lonesome Hobo” from John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline, highlighted by the previously-unheard “Western Road”, an outtake of the Nashville Skyline sessions. 
The second and third discs are comprised of Dylan’s country & western collaborations with the legendary Johnny Cash.  While only their duet, “North Country Girl” made it onto the album Nashville Skyline, the dynamic duo left behind several songs including covers of “Mountain Dew”, songs by Jimmie Rogers and Cash’s classics, “Ring Of Fire” and “I Walk The Line”.  Other highlights include, live performances of “Living The Blues” and “Girl From The North Country” from the 1969 debut episode of The Johnny Cash Show as well as an alternate take of “Nashville Skyline Rag” featuring Earl Scruggs.  Completing the package are tons of photos and insightful liner notes from Colin Escott.   
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Here are 3 Songs from Travelin’ Thru.  Enjoy!

“I Threw It All Away (Live On The Johnny Cash TV Show)”:

“Lay, Lady, Lay (Take 2 - Alternate Version)”:

 “Ring Of Fire (Outtake)”:


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