The Bootleg Series, Vol. 15: Travelin' Thru Image

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  • Summary: The latest release from Bob Dylan's Bootleg series feature recordings from the John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, and Self Portrait sessions as well as recording sessions and television appearances with Johnny Cash and Earl Scruggs in the late 1960s.
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  1. Mojo
    Oct 31, 2019
    It's a damn good listen, all of it. Generous and revelatory, to borrow Rosanne's words, and at times mind-blowing. [Dec 2019, p.100]
  2. Oct 31, 2019
    It’s rare to hear Dylan sound like a fan trying to be a peer, but that’s what’s evident here. Those sessions serve as the core of Travelin’ Thru, Dylan’s 15th “Bootleg Series” release, but since the Man in Black is spry and dominant throughout — he’s the true star here — it could also be a new entry in his own Bootleg Series.
  3. Nov 1, 2019
    Even titans like Cash and Scruggs found themselves thrown a little off balance by the proposition of recording with the unpredictable and ever-gnomic Dylan, and “Travelin’ Thru” may be the best proof of the challenge.
  4. Nov 8, 2019
    Comparing the Scruggs cuts and the funky, swampy Cash covers with the austere John Wesley Harding outtakes that begin Travelin’ Thru is illuminating.
  5. Q Magazine
    Nov 19, 2019
    The result is music any Dylan admirer should get deeply immersed in. [Jan 2020, p.117]
  6. 75
    Overall, this material is essential listening for hardcore fans of Bob Dylan, recommended listening for fans of Johnny Cash, and somewhat life-affirming for folks who have Nashville Skyline as their favourite ever album. But for everyone else, there is the sense that this material making up its own standalone set shows either a lack of foresight or a thirst for dollars.
  7. Oct 31, 2019
    If the results aren't epochal, they're nevertheless illuminating, revealing how these two American icons shared the same musical vocabulary.

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