Bootleg, Vol. 2: From Memphis to Hollywood Image

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  • Summary: Volume two of Johnny Cash's unreleased or rare recordings covers the years 1955 through 1969 and includes demos, radio shows, and rehearsal recordings.
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  1. 91
    The more polished second disc isn't quite as transcendent, but who could resist Johnny Cash's rejected Thunderball Bond theme? [4 Mar 2011, p.75]
  2. Mar 11, 2011
    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.
  3. The most rewarding part of this double-disc is the first quarter. Not that the hissy old demos and rarities on the rest of the collection are without their charms. But it's the opening section which really whisks you back to another age.
  4. Mar 11, 2011
    With a sense of organizational purpose and of local music history, the first disc depicts Cash an artist hungry for success and willing to sell venetian blinds to get there....The portrait of Cash on this second disc is, unfortunately, fuzzy and poorly defined. It showcases everything we know about him and very little we don't know.
  5. 60
    This 2CD set features one disc of early rarities, and one of sundry items from Cash's Columbia catalogue--not the most comfortable combination, but not without interest.
  6. May 19, 2011
    For all the inevitable flaws, the release of From Memphis in Hollywood is more than welcome, well worth the two discs.
  7. May 31, 2011
    Unsurprisingly, these aren't in the same league as the Sun stdio classics, but these alternate and usually starker versions do allow us intimate seats at the creation of standards. [Jun 2011, p.114]

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