Do you like Johnny Cash? Hell I love Johnny Cash, and I was still not aware that this was coming out. It’s another collection from those promised Johnny Cash archives that started with Personal File (which they now call Bootleg Vol. 1). Personal File featured 2 discs of demos from the 70’s, and is well worth getting if you are a Johnny Cash fanatic like I am. This one however really starts to get into the proverbial meat and potatoes of Johnny Cash rarities.
What we have here is disc one featuring a live show, demos and rarities from the 50’s Sun era, and disc two featuring rarities from the 60s Columbia era. Some of these demos are pretty stark, featuring just Johnny and a guitar evoking the stipped down American Recordings from late in his career. The sun demos are particulary worthwhile, just listen to the demo version of Walk The Line: [content removed per request]
Disc two is not without it’s gems either, probably the most interesting song on the whole collection is the theme song to the James Bond movie Thunderball (<click that for an idea of what the JC intro would have looked like). Of course it wasn’t used and a Tom Jones song was used instead, don’t think it would have fit the movie but a cool addition to the Johnny Cash catalog. Probably my favorite song on this set is The Folk Singer, co-written with Charlie Daniels and released as a B-side to the live version of Folsom Prison Blues in ‘68 (the recording credited with re-surging his career in the late 60’s). Give it a listen, such a great song and great to finally hear it: [content removed per request]
Now for the next part of this, the folks at Columbia Legacy (for some reason) have given me a prize pack to give away that consists of the Bootleg Vol. 2 CD, poster and T-shirt, American IV: The Man Comes Around CD, and American V: A Hundred Highways CD. That’s the first prize pack, the second prize pack is a copy of Bootleg Vol. 1 on CD, the one known as Personal File. All you have to do is leave a comment talking about some memory of Johnny Cash, for instance I remember as a kid sitting with my Grandfather watching Johnny Cash on Hee-Haw, not even sure the song but I vividly remember that memory. Another is I remember driving to work the day Johnny Cash died and the DJ played the song Tears in The Hoston River…let me tell you there were tears in the Nissan Sentra as well friends! Make sure to put an email which you can be reached at, and I will pick the two winners randomly.
From Memphis to Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2 comes out tomorrow, the 22nd. I will draw the winner on Saturday the 26th (Johnny Cash’s birthday) at 10 pm EST.