New Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Release To Feature Johnny Cash, Earl Scruggs Sessions

A new boxed set collection of 47 previously unreleased Bob Dylan recordings, featuring collaborations with Johnny Cash, will be released Nov. 1 via Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings.

Titled Bob Dylan (Featuring Johnny Cash) – Travelin’ Thru, 1967 – 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15, the series’ latest installment revisits Dylan’s pivotal trips to Nashville from 1967-1969, collecting previously unreleased recordings, in addition to sessions with Cash, that yielded albums including John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait.

Disc One includes audio from Dylan’s recording sessions at Columbia’s Studio A in Nashville, including alternate versions of compositions written for John Wesley Harding (Oct. 17 and Nov. 6, 1967) and Nashville Skyline (Feb. 13-14, 1969), including “All Along The Watchtower” and “Lay Lady Lay.” The set also introduces a new song, “Western Road.”

Discs Two and Three of Travelin’ Thru include Dylan’s collaborations with Cash, including the 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, which originally broadcast June 7, 1969 on ABC. Disc Three concludes the set with tracks Dylan recorded with bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs on May 17, 1970 for the PBS television special “Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends,” which originally aired in January 1971.

The set is available in 3CD and 3LP physical configurations and digital equivalent, and follows the 14-CD release The Rolling Thunder Review: The 1975 Performances.

The tracklist for Bob Dylan (Featuring Johnny Cash)-Travelin’ Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 appears in full below.

DISC 1
October 17, 1967: Columbia Studio A, Nashville, TN-John Wesley Harding sessions
Drifter’s Escape – Take 1 (Alternate Version)
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine – Take 2 (Alternate Version)

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

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

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

I Threw It All Away – Take 1 (Alternate Version)
Previously released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait

To Be Alone with You – Take 1 (Alternate Version)
Lay Lady Lay – Take 2 (Alternate Version)
Previously released as a digital download with iTunes pre-orders of Together Through Life

One More Night – Take 2 (Alternate Version)
Western Road – Take 1 (Outtake)

February 14, 1969: Columbia Studio A, Nashville, TN-Nashville Skyline sessions
Peggy Day – Take 1 (Alternate Version)
Tell Me That It Isn’t True – Take 2 (Alternate Version)
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
I Still Miss Someone – Take 5
Written by Johnny Cash and Roy Cash, Jr.

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

One Too Many Mornings – Take 3
Mountain Dew – Take 1
Written by Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Scott Wiseman

Mountain Dew – Take 2
Written by Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Scott Wiseman

I Still Miss Someone – Take 2
Written by Johnny Cash and Roy Cash, Jr.

Careless Love – Take 1
Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash

Matchbox – Take 1
Written by Carl Perkins

That’s All Right, Mama – Take 1
Written by Arthur Crudup

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

Big River – Take 1
Written by Johnny Cash

Girl from the North Country – Rehearsal
Girl from the North Country – Take 1
I Walk the Line – Take 2
Written by Johnny Cash

Guess Things Happen That Way – Rehearsal
Written by Jack Clement

Guess Things Happen That Way – Take 3
Written by Jack Clement

Five Feet High and Rising – Take 1
Written by Johnny Cash

You Are My Sunshine – Take 1
Written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell

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
Studio Chatter
Wanted Man – Take 1
Amen – Rehearsal
Written by Jester Hairston

Just a Closer Walk with Thee – Take 1
Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash

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

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

I Threw It All Away
included on 2010 DVD The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show: 1969-1971

Living the Blues
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

Ring of Fire (Outtake)
Written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore

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
Earl Scruggs Interview
East Virginia Blues
Written by A.P. Carter
To Be Alone with You
Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance
Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan

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

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