Johnny Cash Bootleg, Volume 2: From Memphis to Hollywood (2-CD)
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Format: CD (2 Discs)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: February 21, 2011
- Originally Released: 2011
- Label: Sony Legacy
Rolling Stone - p.684.5 stars out of 5 -- "There are jailhouse weepers, lullabies and gallows humor like 'Five Minutes to Live' -- a jaw-dropping testament to the depth of the man's songbook."
Spin - p.80"Cash fundamentalists can savor 11 haunting Sun demos, while others will marvel at the 13 unreleased or unheard '60s tracks that sweeten his primeval baritone with strings, choirs, and reverb."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.854 stars out of 5 -- "There are some great gunfighter narratives and an atmospheric, half-sung, half-spoken duet with hit TV show BONANZA's patriarch Lorne Greene..."
Uncut (magazine) - p.1004 stars out of 5 -- "[With] pointers to Cash's eventual shift to more country and folk recordings in an atmospheric take on Lead Belly's 'Goodnight Irene'."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.KWEN Announcements and Advertistments
- 2.Johnny Cash Show Intro and Theme
- 3.Wide Open Road
- 4.Home Equipment Company Advertisement
- 5.One More Ride
- 6.Home Equipment Company Advertisement / Luther Perkins Intro
- 7.Luther's Boogie
- 8.Belshazzar Intro
- 10.Closing Comments and Theme
- 11.Overton Park Shell "Country Music Jamboree" Advertisement by "Texas" Bill Strength, Broadcast August 4, 1955
- 12.I Walk the Line - (previously unreleased)
- 13.Get Rhythm - (previously unreleased)
- 14.Train of Love - (previously unreleased)
- 15.Country Boy - (previously unreleased)
- 16.My Treasure - (previously unreleased)
- 17.Belshazzar - (previously unreleased)
- 18.He'll Be a Friend - (previously unreleased)
- 19.When I Think of You - (previously unreleased)
- 20.I Just Don't Care Enough (To Carry On) - (previously unreleased)
- 21.I'll Cry for You - (previously unreleased)
- 22.You're My Baby - (previously unreleased)
- 23.Rock and Roll Ruby
- 24.Wide Open Road
- 25.Leave That Junk Alone
- 26.Brakeman's Blues [Incomplete]
- 27.Big River
- 28.I Couldn't Keep from Crying
- 29.New Mexico
- 30.Goodnight Irene
- 31.Restless Kid - (previously unreleased)
- 32.Its All Over - (previously unreleased)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.All Over Again
- 2.You Dreamer You
- 3.I'll Remember You
- 4.Johnny Yuma Theme - (previously unreleased)
- 5.Five Minutes to Live - (previously unreleased)
- 6.Losing Kind, The - (previously unreleased)
- 7.Locomotive Man
- 8.Girl in Saskatoon
- 9.There's a Mother Always Waiting - (previously unreleased)
- 10.Johnny Reb - (previously unreleased)
- 11.Shifting, Whispering Sands - (previously unreleased)
- 12.Send a Picture of Mother
- 13.Hardin Wouldn't Run - (previously unreleased)
- 14.Thunderball - (previously unreleased)
- 15.One Too Many Mornings - (previously unreleased)
- 16.Frozen Logger, The - (previously unreleased)
- 17.Foolish Questions - (previously unreleased)
- 18.Bottom of the Mountain
- 19.Put the Sugar to Bed
- 20.You Beat All I Ever Saw
- 21.On the Line - (previously unreleased)
- 22.Roll Call
- 23.The Folk Singer
- 24.Six White Horses - (previously unreleased)
- 25.Come Alone and Ride This Train - (previously unreleased)
Personnel: Johnny Cash (vocals); Luther Perkins (electric guitar).
Liner Note Author: Ashley Kahn.
Recording information: Memphis, TN (??/??/1954-11/12/1957); Nashville, TN (??/??/1954-11/12/1957); West Memphis, Arkansas (??/??/1954-11/12/1957); Memphis, TN (05/21/1955); Nashville, TN (05/21/1955); West Memphis, Arkansas (05/21/1955); Memphis, TN (08/08/1958-??/??/1969); Nashville, TN (08/08/1958-??/??/1969); West Memphis, Arkansas (08/08/1958-??/??/1969).
Photographers: Don Hunstein; John Hamilton.
The second volume in Johnny Cash's Bootleg series, subtitled From Memphis to Hollywood, is, in a different way, just as revelatory as its predecessor. The initial volume contained two discs packed (mostly) with tracks that Cash called the "Personal File." Cash recorded these songs for himself between 1973 and 1982: originals, folk ballads, and spirituals with stories and recollections about the material on the tapes. From Memphis to Hollywood is another treasure trove compiled by Legacy. These two discs contain 57 tracks, recorded between 1955 and 1969. Disc one commences at the very beginning, with Cash's first-ever radio performance with the Tennessee Two at KWEM in West Memphis, AR; these ten cuts include the sponsor announcements. (This material was included on the bonus disc in the limited-edition Legend box set.) These are followed by 12 previously unissued demos recorded previous to and about the time he signed to Sun -- though the dates and locations are unknown -- with just Cash and his guitar. Among these cuts are the earliest known versions of "I Walk the Line," "Get Rhythm," "You're My Baby" (a hit for Roy Orbison), and a full band demo for "Rock and Roll Ruby" (a hit for Warren Smith). There are a host of Sun rarities too, including a 1957 rehearsal of "Big River," and another pair of unreleased demos. Disc two commences in 1958 with Cash at Columbia. These 25 selections include B-sides, studio outtakes, and singles that never made it onto proper albums. The first three cuts, are all flipsides that retain the reverb-laden Sun rockabilly sound, while tempering it with a chorus of backing vocals that represent the sound of the new countrypolitain Nashville. Other cuts represent tunes Cash wrote for television programs and document his California years, such as "Johnny Yuma Theme" (not his "The Rebel--Johnny Yuma"), and "Five Minutes to Live," recorded for an unmade movie he was to star in. These performances have never been available in the United States; most of the music on disc two hasn't. There are stellar studio performances of "One Too Many Mornings," "Johnny Reb," and the original studio version of "Girl from Saskatoon" co-written with Johnny Horton (the solo version on Personal File is preferable). There are three unreleased demos on disc two to round this out in "Hardin Wouldn't Run," "Six White Horses," and the original demo for "Come Along and Ride This Train." This disc showcases Cash as he rose to prominence and became a household name, with most of the music on par with his hits. The package contains a fine set of liner notes by Ashley Khan, and rare photographs. Like its predecessor, Bootleg, Vol. 2: From Memphis to Hollywood is essential for Cash collectors and hardcore fans, adding even more depth and weight to his enormous stature in American popular music. ~ Thom Jurek
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