The next installment in Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series will focus on his return to his recording career in the years following his 1966 motorcycle accident.
Travelin’ Thru, 1967–1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15 will arrive on Nov. 1 and feature outtakes from John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline, and give the first official releases to the oft-bootlegged 1969 session with Johnny Cash -- who gets a featured credit on the set -- with a few extras thrown in.
The seven John Wesley Harding outtakes have never been bootlegged. A source close to Dylan told Rolling Stone that choosing what to include was difficult: "There just doesn’t seem to be many alternate versions of the songs. The ones we have are often very similar to each other. We had to include ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ but it’s not like ‘All Along the Watchtower’ cha-cha or anything. But ‘I Pity the Poor Immigrant’ is great and has a completely different melody. I don’t think anything had more than three complete takes."
Looking for Nashville Skyline outtakes proved a different challenge, because approximately half of the tapes couldn't be located. "There was an engineer who had taken some of the tapes home and put them in a storage locker,” the source noted. "Someone later bought them for a couple of grand and Sony had to buy the tapes back. Most of what we have comes from the storage locker, but the rest were lost. From the best we can tell, they are just gone."
The dates with Cash -- intended for an album that never got released -- exist in full and take up half of the three CDs. The set contains 25 tracks, including "Wanted Man," which they wrote on the spot and Cash recorded for At San Quentin a week later, and six songs featuring Carl Perkins.
The collection is rounded out by the three numbers Dylan recorded during his appearance on The Johnny Cash Show, covers of two Cash songs -- "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues" -- from the Self Portrait sessions and four tunes recorded with bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs and family for a documentary.