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Bob Dylan ft. Johnny Cash / Travelin’ Thru 1967-69: Bootleg Series 15

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 made with Johnny Cash and unreleased tracks from the John Wesley HardingNashville 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 Hardingthe 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 Tower. Nashville 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 1, 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 17 May 1970 with bluegrass banjo legend Earl Scruggs for the PBS television special, “Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends” (originally aired January 1971).

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

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DISC 1

October 17, 1967
Columbia Studio A, Nashville, TN
John Wesley Harding sessions

01. Drifter’s Escape – Take 1 (Alternate Version)
02. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine – Take 2 (Alternate Version)

November 6, 1967
Columbia Studio A, Nashville, TN
John Wesley Harding sessions

03. All Along the Watchtower – Take 3 (Alternate Version)
04. John Wesley Harding – Take 1 (Alternate Version)
05. As I Went Out One Morning – Take 1 (Alternate Version)
06. I Pity the Poor Immigrant – Take 4 (Alternate Version)
07. I Am a Lonesome Hobo – Take 4 (Alternate Version)

Bob Dylan: vocals, guitar, harmonica
Charlie McCoy: bass
Kenneth Buttrey: drums

February 13, 1969
Columbia Studio A, Nashville, TN
Nashville Skyline sessions

08. I Threw It All Away – Take 1 (Alternate Version)
Previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait
09. To Be Alone with You – Take 1 (Alternate Version)
10. Lay Lady Lay – Take 2 (Alternate Version)
Previously released as a digital download with iTunes pre-orders of Together Through Life
11. One More Night – Take 2 (Alternate Version)
12. Western Road – Take 1 (Outtake)

February 14, 1969
Columbia Studio A, Nashville, TN
Nashville Skyline sessions

13. Peggy Day – Take 1 (Alternate Version)
14. Tell Me That It Isn’t True – Take 2 (Alternate Version)
15. Country Pie – Take 2 (Alternate Version)

Bob Dylan – vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
Kelton D. Herston, Norman Blake, Charlie Daniels, Wayne Moss (10 & 12): guitars
Bob Wilson: piano, organ
Peter Drake: steel guitar (13-15)
Charlie McCoy: bass
Kenneth Buttrey: drums

DISC 2

February 17, 1969
Columbia Studio A, Nashville, TN
The Dylan-Cash Sessions

01. I Still Miss Someone – Take 5
Written by Johnny Cash and Roy Cash, Jr.
02. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right/Understand Your Man – Rehearsal
Written by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash

February 18, 1969
Columbia Studio A, Nashville, TN
The Dylan-Cash Sessions

03. One Too Many Mornings – Take 3
04. Mountain Dew – Take 1
Written by Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Scott Wiseman
05. Mountain Dew – Take 2
Written by Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Scott Wiseman
06. I Still Miss Someone – Take 2
Written by Johnny Cash and Roy Cash, Jr.
07. Careless Love – Take 1
Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash
08. Matchbox – Take 1
Written by Carl Perkins
09. That’s All Right, Mama – Take 1
Written by Arthur Crudup
10. Mystery Train/This Train Is Bound for Glory – Take 1
Mystery Train written by Junior Parker
This Train Is Bound for Glory written by Woody Guthrie
11. Big River – Take 1
Written by Johnny Cash
12. Girl from the North Country – Rehearsal
13. Girl from the North Country – Take 1
14. I Walk the Line – Take 2
Written by Johnny Cash
15. Guess Things Happen That Way – Rehearsal
Written by Jack Clement
16. Guess Things Happen That Way – Take 3
Written by Jack Clement
17. Five Feet High and Rising – Take 1
Written by Johnny Cash
18. You Are My Sunshine – Take 1
Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
19. Ring of Fire – Take 1
Written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore

DISC 3
February 18, 1969
Columbia Studio A, Nashville, TN
The Dylan-Cash Sessions

01. Studio Chatter
02. Wanted Man – Take 1
03. Amen – Rehearsal
Written by Jester Hairston
04. Just a Closer Walk with Thee – Take 1
Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash
05. Jimmie Rodgers Medley No. 1 – Take 1
Based on Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas), The Brakeman’s Blues (Yodeling the Blues Away), and Blue Yodel No. 5 (It’s Raining Here) written by Jimmie Rodgers
06. Jimmie Rodgers Medley No. 2 – Take 2
Based on Waiting for a Train, The Brakeman’s Blues (Yodeling the Blues Away), and Blue Yodel No. 1 (T For Texas) written by Jimmie Rodgers

Bob Dylan: vocals, guitar
Johnny Cash: vocals, guitar
Carl Perkins: guitar (08,10, 02, 04-06)
Bob Wootton: guitar
Marshall Grant: bass
W.S. Holland: drums

May 1, 1969
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Live on The Johnny Cash Show
Originally broadcast on ABC-TV, June 7, 1969

07. I Threw It All Away
included on 2010 DVD The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show: 1969-1971
08. Living the Blues
09. Girl from the North Country
included on 2010 DVD The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show: 1969-1971

Bob Dylan: vocals, guitar
Johnny Cash: vocals, guitar (09)
Norman Blake and Charlie Daniels: guitars
Peter Drake: steel guitar
Bob Wilson: piano
Charlie McCoy: bass
Kenneth Buttrey: drums

May 3, 1969
Columbia Studio A, Nashville, TN
Self Portrait sessions

10. Ring of Fire (Outtake)
Written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore
11. Folsom Prison Blues (Outtake)
Written by Johnny Cash

Bob Dylan: vocals, guitar
Fred F. Carter, Norman Blake: guitars
Charlie Daniels: guitar (11), bass (10)
Bob Wilson: piano
Peter Drake: steel guitar
Charlie McCoy: harmonica (10), bass (11)
Kenneth Buttrey: drums
Delores Edgin and Dottie Dillard: background vocals

May 17, 1970
The Home of Thomas B. Allen, Carmel, New York
With Earl Scruggs

12. Earl Scruggs Interview
13. East Virginia Blues
Written by A.P. Carter
Included in 1971 documentary Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends
14. To Be Alone with You
15. Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance
Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan
16. Nashville Skyline Rag
Previously released on the album Earl Scruggs Performing with His Family and Friends

Bob Dylan: vocals, guitar
Earl Scruggs: banjo
Randy Scruggs: acoustic guitar
Gary Scruggs: electric bass

All songs written by Bob Dylan except where noted

All tracks previously unreleased except where noted

Produced by Jeff Rosen and Steve Berkowitz

John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, and Self Portrait sessions originally produced by Bob Johnston

Liner notes by Colin Escott and Rosanne Cash

33 responses to Bob Dylan ft. Johnny Cash / Travelin’ Thru 1967-69: Bootleg Series 15

  1. Mr. Ska '57 says:

    I picked up the Japan Blu-Spec edition locally for US $30.77 (including state sales tax). Bargain!

  2. Jerry says:

    The Self Portrait and Nashville era was undoubtedly one of the worst of Bob Dylan, this box set speaks for itself, a pity that they put John Wesley Harding in the same bag. JWH certainly deserve a more complete edition.

    • Michael Erfort says:

      You are kidding right? How could the self portrait /Nashville skyline be the worst? It was great. In fact all the bootleg series just added a great dimension to Dylan’s work

  3. Nicj says:

    I have a CD of his rehearsals / jams with George Harrison. Would love to see those made into the next volume of the Bootleg Series

  4. Ant says:

    Anyone know if the vinyl set will come with a download code? Did the other vinyl Bootleg sets come with one?

    • Henri says:

      The other sets did not have a download code, but included cd’s, but that hasn’t been the case with the most recent releases (More Blood and the reissue of Live 1975).

  5. RJS says:

    I much prefer paying £19 for a three disc set than £100 for six discs and a superfluous book and box.

  6. madman says:

    Finally, a Bootleg Series release I can afford! Though, as others have mentioned, I’m not sure why they didn’t include “1970” in the sub-title.

  7. Paul Murphy says:

    Not much thought went into the [sub] title, since some of the material is from 1970.

  8. djangoherbert says:

    I hoped for a Desire bootleg series, but anyway, this one is also interesting… Bob’s management works fine for the fans…

  9. Sean Murdock says:

    This is really just the material that should have been included on Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait … and they’ve STILL left good stuff off it! Ah well, JWH outtakes at last!

  10. Robert B says:

    Im looking forward to this one.
    I think the John Wesley- Nashville Skyline was Dylan with his best vocals
    and John Wesley is one of his best albums. I’ve had a Cash/Dylan boot in the past
    so its nice to see these finally see the light and the price makes it very attractive.

    • Michael says:

      I agree. Dylan sounded his best vocally during the 67-70 period. The Cash sessions have been widely bootlegged for ages now. Would have liked a more expansive set though. There has to be more JWH outtakes, as well as Skyline. Another user on this thread mentioned the New Morning sessions Dylan did with Harrison. I felt like that could have been added to this set as well.

  11. Steve says:

    Thanks for the news on this Dylan release, Paul
    Good to know about it. This might be a buy for me. Do we know yet if there is any duplication from the ‘Another Portrait’ box set which was release a couple of years ago of the ‘Self Portrait’ album material for this new ‘Travelin’ thru’ box set release ?

    • KevinK says:

      Generally it’s a bit annoying when they have tracks repeated from earlier sets (except when the later set is a “complete sessions”) … but based on Paul’s detailled track listing above, only Disc 1 Track 8 is duplicated from the earlier Vol 10 box.

  12. Robert says:

    While I’ve always found ‘Nashville Skyline’ an odd and slight release, ‘John Wesley Harding’ is still among my top two or three 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’, but no matter: the older I get the more I feel drawn to Dylan’s music during all its ‘phases’ (well okay, I still have difficulty with some of his ’80s output like ‘Empire Burlesque’, but that might have more to do with the wretched production values rather than the quality of the music). 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.

  13. John Blutarski says:

    Love this periode, and will certainly buy this! But I’m a little disappointed that there is no superdeluxe edition like the ones before. Wondering this decision had been made

    • Gerbrand says:

      Because they say most of the tapes from this period have been lost. No recordings from the 3rd JWH session and only recordings from 4 of the 8 recording days for Nashville Skyline. They wanted to put this out because of the Dylan/Cash sessions. The rest are bonus tracks from this period.

      I quite like it. Although the previous SDE’s look great, this is a cheap but interesting release. Like the Rolling Thunder Revue box from only a few months back. Great, previously unreleased music for an affordable price. This whole Bootleg Series is extremely well curated. Including the rule (mostly) followed not to repeat tracks from earlier releases.

  14. Tim Abbott says:

    The comments in Rolling Stone quoted by GHB about the shrinking demand for physical versions of this series is a bit concerning; I’m generally not fussed about download-only series (The Beach Boys’ annual copyright sets are a masterclass in doing a non-physical but totally excellent archive release), but it’d be a shame to let this peter out after nearly 30 years of essential Dylan.

    Saying that, it’s clear they’ve stared scaling back on this already; the previous Blood On The Tracks-centred volume was the first to be a simple double LP in a sleeve rather than a box set, so I’m surprised this one appears to be a triple, even if it’s not in a box.

  15. KB says:

    Love this series, the reason this one is more scant than the others is that a load of master tapes were lost years ago, over half of them, so this is really all that’s left but still a welcome collection in my opinion. Surprised to see some extra Self Portrait stuff but really Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait are so close to each other. They’ll probably find the remaining lost tapes and release those one day!

    Much prefer triple gatefold than another huge shelf engulfing boxset, the forth coming Beatles Abbey Road 50th should have been a triple gatefold really and not all plonked into a big box, they always wear and tear very easily and seem a little unnecessary!

    Roll on releasing Desire / Modern Times & Together Through Life outakes please! :)

  16. paul wren says:

    That’s an awful lot of songs on each side of vinyl. Maybe they are short versions? If not, then the vinyl will resemble those compilation albums of yesteryear that were crammed so full of grooves that the sound quality suffered.

    • Alan Blevin says:

      Total run time is 133 minutes so definitely possible to fit on 3 lp’s

    • Ruben says:

      Yes, that’s the very first thing I noticed with the LPs. Very surprising.

    • Power Of Pop says:

      Actually since the total amount of music is 134 minutes. That’s an average of less than 22:30 Minutes/side.

      Here’s a link to the write up below from Masterdisk who’ve been doing this since 1973. Bob Ludwig’s worked for them. They’ve done work from The Beatles to Steely Dan, Dylan, Metallic, & Nirvana.

      Since this recording isn’t Disco or Metal, I don’t think the bass will be too heavy therefore, nothing to worry about. Ballads and acoustic songs make this recording a piece of cake.

      https://masterdisk.com/blog/2018/1/2/deciding-how-long-to-make-each-side-of-your-vinyl-record

      Between 18-22 minutes, I’m going to depend on a ballad or acoustic song to help with the length. If not, I’ll have to lower the level 2 or 3 db at 22 mins compared to 18 min.

      From 22-26 minutes, I might have to lower the level more, or roll off a little bass. This depends on the client’s preference for bass/full/warm sounds vs level.

      Over 25 minutes, it’s very likely—even for jazz—that i’ll have to lower the level, maybe clean up the low bass, and maybe more.

  17. GHB says:

    Putting aside the content for a moment, from an SDE point of view, Rolling Stone magazine have a few interesting comments from a ‘source’ (someone from Dylan’s camp but perhaps more likely from Sony/Columbia). Of particular interest to readers might be the “people don’t really buy records anymore” line:

    “The European copyrights for the John Wesley Harding sessions have expired since they are being released after the 50-year copyright-protection window closed. That has no impact on the publishing rights, but it is technically legal for anybody to release these seven outtakes on physical sets in Europe. “I’m sure they will appear on grey market collections,” says the source. “But people don’t really buy records anymore, so it doesn’t make much of a difference.”.

    Full article is available at: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/bob-dylan-bootleg-series-johnny-cash-nashville-skyline-john-wesley-harding-886719/

    Personally not my favourite period, but the Take 4 of ‘I Pity The Poor Immigrant’ is interesting and I will (of course) be adding this to my shelf of Dylan’s Bootleg Series!

    • Simonf says:

      I wouldn’t worry about anything that Sony/Columbia say. This is the label that some years ago announced that they were going to stop making vinyl records; now they can ‘t press ’em up fast enough. Arseholes!
      I’m delighted by this set, mostly for the Dylan/Cash collaborations; it’s been a long time coming but well worth the wait, and a nice size as well for someone who practically run out of room for any more box sets; it’s a sad no no to David Bowie, Prince, Beatles and a few others from this year due to the lack of space but I might just be able to squeeze this one in!

  18. Mark Petz says:

    I am pleasantly shocked that the vinyl set contains the same content as the CD set…at long last. No need to sacrifice quantity for my preferred format. I’m happy to fork over this year’s Dylan Tax on this one!

  19. Tcf says:

    I wish I was a Dylan Fan……
    Unfortunately my favorite artists are „you will never ever get any unreleased songs „ David Sylvian and Mark Hollis…

  20. Scott W says:

    I”m not heavily invested in this series, and I’ve never commented here before, but I want it known in writing somewhere that I said out loud, in a measured but baffled tone of voice, “How can that be?” when I read the phrase “Self-Portrait outtakes.” That box was more edifying than I’d have expected, but if I’d bought the thing rather than streamed it on Apple Music to satisfy my curiosity, I’d be really unhappy to see yet more leftovers on another set.

  21. David Fisher says:

    Beside myself with excitement! One of my favourite periods of Dylan’s career. “I Threw It All Away” is one of his most moving songs – we’ve all been there. Ordered :-)

  22. Paul Gray says:

    I welcome the far more affordable price for this addition to the Bootleg Series, but the packaging looks really ropey. All the 2CD versions have a great little booklet in them, this one appears to have a crummy 8 page insert with very little info and few pictures from the era.

  23. noyoucmon says:

    I didn’t see this one coming. I’ve had cassette dubs of some of this material for ages, and am excited to get them on an official, viable format.

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