Legacy's Releasing Three "Unreleased" Johnny Cash Songs Recorded in Dallas. Unreleased?

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Johnny Cash at the Big "D" Jamboree in the mid-'50s
A good Friend of Unfair Park who knows of my fondness for Johnny Cash and the old Big "D" Jamboree -- and those magical moments when they meet on a piece of paper -- was kind enough to send along this Columbia/Legacy press release issued yesterday, which says that come October 11 the label's releasing something called Bootleg Vol. 3 -- Live Around the World. Promises the press release, the songs "date from 1956 (the Big 'D' Jamboree in Dallas, Texas) to 1979 (the Exit Inn in Nashville)," and 39 of the 50 tracks are unreleased -- including those from the Sportatorium. How exciting.

Except.

The complication kicks off with three songs Cash recorded at the legendary venue that once stood at the corner of Cadiz and Industrial Boulevard: "So Doggone Lonesome," "I Walk The Line," "Get Rhythm." Well, it so happens those are the same three Johnny Cash songs that appear, in the exact same order, on David Dennard's The Big D Jamboree Live! Volumes 1 & 2, which was released in 2000 and is still available. (In Europe, it's been split into two separate volumes, as opposed to the two-fer available here.) Dennard explained to me back in '99 how he'd come to license the tracks: "Johnny's ... ill and is interested in his legacy. He was flattered to be included and flattered we cleared it instead of bootlegging it."

When I called Dennard this morning, he hadn't heard of the Legacy collection -- and didn't want to say anything till he finds out whether those are the same versions of the same songs. And they may not be, given the fact Cash played the Jamboree several times in the mid-'50s. I've got an email out to Legacy to double-check. Regardless, you should buy Dennard's comp -- not just for Cash, but for Carl Perkins, Wanda Jackson, Gene Vincent, Ronnie Dawson and the other rockabilly and hillbilly immortals that make it so goldarned essential.

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4 comments
David Brooks Dennard
David Brooks Dennard

Thanks for the "heads up" this morning Robert. Ya never know what them "majors" are gonna do! - DD

LaceyB
LaceyB

Alas, sounds like a buy rather than a FYLP.

But, last night, whilst enjoying half-off eats at Quarter Bar, some fools clogged up the jukebox with horrible "shiny-new" country tunes. And drunk dancing.

After about four songs without a rock break, I finally left my half-eaten sandwich and half-drank beer. No human should be subjected to such torture! The ID checker, sitting out in the 100 degree heat, agreed with me.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

I have that compilation and it's great. The other cool thing it has is a few of the original ads done during the broadcasts including a Falstaff beer one.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Indeed. When I contacted Legacy's main man, I asked him to 'splain please. The response: "Hmm.  Not sure.  Let me check into this..." Still a-waitin'.

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