Win Big: Unbelievable Johnny Cash Prize Package

From Memphis To Hollywood : Bootleg Vol. 2.An original demo of “I Walk the Line.” Early recordings with Sam Phillips. A solo acoustic version of Leadbelly’s “Goodnight Irene.” If one every wanted to understand why Johnny Cash is a legend, this collection of 57 tracks from speaks volumes.

Cash had a voice that commanded authority. The demos captured here – more than 15 from early in his career – provide ample evidence to support the point. Whereas contemporaries like Elvis emphasized the emotion in their performances, Cash leaned more towards authenticity. One can hear it in the confident quiver in his voice on tracks like The confident quiver in Cash’s voice on songs like “Come Along and Ride This Train” and “Get Rhythm.”

The seven rarities from legendary Sun Studios are especially compelling. Not surprisingly, Sam Phillips recognized the distinctive quality in Cash’s voice and put it front and center in tracks like “Brakeman’s Blues.”

The collection also includes some radio performances from 1955. Between songs like “Wide Open Road” and “Luther’s Boogie” there are some entertaining clips of Cash reading commercials. Even better is this request, “…write us a card and letter and we’ll try our best to get the song on that you want to hear, if we don’t know it we’ll learn it.”

To celebrate this new release, Twangville is partnering with Sony Records to offer an unbelievable prize package that includes:

  • Johnny Cash From Memphis To Hollywood : Bootleg Vol. 2
  • Limited Edition Bootleg Vol. 2 poster
  • Limited Edition Bootleg Vol. 2 tee
  • Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around
  • Johnny Cash American V: A Hundred Highways

Heck, I want to win this! Alas, no dice for me, but it could be yours. To win, post a comment with your favorite Johnny Cash lyric. A winner will be selected at random when the contest ends on Monday, 21 February 2011 at midnight ET.**

From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2 by Johnny Cash

Track Listing:
CD ONE: THE 1950s
A. On The Air
1. KWEM Announcements and Advertisements
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
9. Belshazzar
10. Closing Comments and Theme
11. Overton Park Shell “Country Music Jamboree” Advertisement by “Texas” Bill Strength, broadcast August 4, 1955. (Tracks 1-10 recorded May 21, 1955 in West Memphis, Arkansas. Tracks 1-11 previously released as bonus CD in limited edition of The Legend boxed set, 2005.)

B. Early Demos
12. I Walk The Line (demo)
13. Get Rhythm (demo)
14. Train Of Love (demo)
15. Country Boy (demo)
16. My Treasure (demo)
17. Belshazzar (demo)
18. He’ll Be A Friend (demo)
19. When I Think Of You (demo)
20. I Just Don’t Care Enough (To Carry On) (demo)
21. I’ll Cry For You (demo)
22. You’re My Baby (demo)
23. Rock And Roll Ruby (demo, recorded probably late 1955; West Memphis, Arkansas, courtesy of Sun Entertainment Corporation.)

(Tracks 12-22 previously unreleased, recording dates and locations unknown.)

C. Sun Rarities
24. Wide Open Road (recorded late 1954; produced by Sam Phillips)
25. Leave That Junk Alone (recorded August 4, 1957; produced by Jack Clement)
26. Brakeman’s Blues (incomplete) (recorded April 2, 1956; produced by Sam Phillips)
27. Big River (recorded November 12, 1957; produced by Jack Clement)
28. I Couldn’t Keep From Crying (recorded probably 1955; produced by Sam Phillips)
29. New Mexico (recorded probably 1955; produced by Sam Phillips)
30. Goodnight Irene (recorded November 12, 1957; produced by Jack Clement)

(Tracks 24-30 recorded in Memphis, courtesy of Sun Entertainment Corporation.)

D. More Demos
31. Restless Kid (demo)
32 It’s All Over (demo).

(Tracks 31-32 previously unreleased, recording dates and locations unknown.)

CD TWO: THE 1960s
1. All Over Again
2. You Dreamer You
3. I’ll Remember You
4. Johnny Yuma Theme (previously unreleased in the U.S.)
5. Five Minutes To Live (previously unreleased in the U.S.)
6. The Losing Kind (previously unreleased in the U.S.)
7. Locomotive Man
8. Girl In Saskatoon
9. There’s A Mother Always Waiting (previously unreleased in the U.S.)
10. Johnny Reb (previously unreleased in the U.S.)
11. Shifting, Whispering Sands-with Lorne Greene (previously unreleased in the U.S.)
12. Send A Picture Of Mother
13. Hardin Wouldn’t Run (demo)
14. Thunderball (previously unreleased in the U.S.)
15. One Too Many Mornings (previously unreleased in the U.S.)
16. The Frozen Logger (previously unreleased in the U.S.)
17. Foolish Questions (previously unreleased in the U.S.)
18. Bottom Of The Mountain
19. Put The Sugar To Bed
20. You Beat All I Ever Saw
21. On The Line (previously unreleased in the U.S.)
22. Roll Call
23. The Folk Singer
24. Six White Horses (demo) (previously unreleased)
25. Come Along And Ride This Train (demo) (previously unreleased).

(Tracks 1-6 recorded in Nashville, produced by Don Law.) (Tracks 7-12, 14-21 recorded in Nashville, produced by Don Law and Frank Jones.) (Tracks 22-23 recorded in Nashville, produced by Bob Johnston.)

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  • Nigel

    Well, the reason I was looking for you all over town
    Was to tell you that your kitty cat is still around
    And you left your wedding ring when you went down
    That wide open road
    If you’re gonna stay away, then honey let me know
    How to cook hot biscuits, how to roll the dough
    Everything’s gone crazy since I told you to go
    Down the wide open road….

  • Mike

    On A Monday, my momma come to see me,
    On a Tuesday, they caught me with a file.
    On a Wednesday, I’m down in solitary,
    On a Thursday, Lord, I start on bread and water for a while.

    I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders,
    I got chains, chains around my feet,
    I got stripes, stripes around my shoulders,
    And them chains, them chains, they’re about to drag me down.

  • Corey Bonnette

    “Flesh and Blood”

    So when this Day was ended
    I was still not satisfied
    For I knew ev’rything I touched
    Would wither and would die
    And Love is all that will remain
    And grow from all these Seed;

    Mother Nature’s quite a Lady
    But you’re the one I need
    Flesh And Blood need Flesh And Blood
    And you’re the one I need.

  • Michael

    Go on, I’ve had enough, dump my blues down in the gulf
    She loves you, Big River, more than me

  • Laura Koenig

    The tears that I cried for that woman are gonna flood you, Big River,
    Then I’m gonna sit right here until I die.

  • Robindonaruma

    I wear this crown of thorns
    upon my liar’s chair
    full of broken thoughts
    I cannot repair
    beneath the stains of time
    the feelings disappear
    you are someone else
    I am still right here

  • Jon

    Well my daddy left home when I was three
    and he didn’t leave much for Ma and me
    just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze
    Well I don’t blame him ’cause he run and hid
    but the meanest thing that he ever did
    before he left he went and named me Sue.

  • Chrysa

    I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

  • Joran Monteiro

    My name is Sue! How do you do? Now you’re gonna die!

  • Jack Ripple

    Well if it was a-raining dollar bills
    and I was up on the highest hill
    Clouds would break out and the sun would shine

    The only way that I can win
    Is pick a fight and bet on him
    Lord I guess I’m just the losing kind

    “The Losing Kind”


    shot her down because I made her slow,
    I thought I was her daddy but she had five more!


    **shot her down because she made me slow
    I thought I was her daddy but she had five more!

  • Mike

    “For after night there comes the dawn
    Yes time goes by and life goes on”

  • Ddmckinney32

    He drank his first strong liquor then to calm his shaking hand
    And tried to tell himself he had become a man
    A dusty cowpoke at his side began to laugh him down
    And he heard again his mothers words

  • Rich

    Well, there’s things that never will be right I know,
    And things need changin’ everywhere you go,
    But ’til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
    You’ll never see me wear a suit of white.

    Ah, I’d love to wear a rainbow every day,
    And tell the world that everything’s OK,
    But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
    ‘Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.

  • Andrea

    I wonder if she’s sorry
    For leavin’ what we’d begun
    There’s someone for me somewhere
    And I still miss someone

  • Starredbyink

    “Well, it’s a ’49, ’50, ’51, ’52, ’53, ’54, ’55, ’56
    ’57, ’58’ 59′ automobile
    It’s a ’60, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’65, ’66, ’67
    ’68, ’69, ’70 automobile”

    –This lyrical punch line never fails to elicit giggles from my two young sons who happen to be car buffs!

  • D Gualandri

    Don’t take your guns to town son
    Leave your guns at home Bill
    Don’t take your guns to town

  • Ramblin’ Andy

    First time I shot her, I shot her in the side.
    It was hard to watch her suffer but on the second shot she died.