BOB DYLAN – ” Travelin’ Thru 1967-69 ” Bootleg Series No15 feat. Johnny Cash

Posted: September 22, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Bob Dylan / Travelin' Thru 1967-69 Bootleg Series vol 15

Sony’s Legacy Recordings continues the long running Bob Dylan ‘Bootleg Series’ as they announce “Travelin’ Thru 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series vol 15” which revisits Dylan’s musical journeys to Nashville from 1967-1969, focusing on previously unavailable recordings session made with Johnny Cash and unreleased tracks from the John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, and Self Portrait sessions.

Travelin’ Thru is simpler and more affordable than previous sets as it comes as a three disc package for both CD and vinyl.

Disc one of this set offers alternate versions of tracks from John Wesley Harding”the album Dylan recorded as a trio (himself, Charlie McCoy on bass and Kenneth Buttrey on drums) in late 1967 after his infamous motorcycle accident of the previous year. Amongst the unreleased material is a different version of All Along The Watch TowerNashville Skyline sessions offer an alternate of ‘Lay Lady Lay’ and a new song ‘Western Road’.

Discs two and three are centred around Dylan’s work with Johnny Cash, including Columbia Studio A sessions and on-stage performances at the Ryman Auditorium (May 1st, 1969) for the recording of the premiere episode of The Johnny Cash Show (originally broadcast on ABC-TV on June 7, 1969).

Disc Three features Self Portrait outtakes, including ‘Ring of Fire’ and ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ (recorded with guitarist Fred Carter two days after the Johnny Cash Show on 3 May) and closes with tracks recorded on 17th May 1970 with bluegrass banjo legend Earl Scruggs for the PBS television special, Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends” (originally aired January 1971).

‘John Wesley Harding’ is still among my top two or three best Dylan albums. The album is so rich with imagery that each song feels like a little screenplay. This just might be the release that leads me to re-evaluate ‘Nashville Skyline’, I feel drawn to Dylan’s music during all its ‘phases’ I think that the whole Bootleg series has done more to elucidate Dylan’s genius than most of the original releases in their original form and time. When you consider albums like ‘Highway 61 Revisited’, ‘Blonde on Blonde’ or ‘Blood on The Tracks’, that says a lot about what he’s contributed and what’s still to be heard.

Travelin’ Thru 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series vol 15 will be released on 1st November 2019.

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