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Spank SP 106 [T-351]

(1) Columbia Records Studio (Nashville, TN); February 17-18, 1969
(2) Johnny Cash Show (Nashville, TN); May 1, 1969
(3) Nashville Skyline quadrophonic mixes

Tracklist: (1) One Too Many Mornings, Good Ol' Mountain Dew, I Still Miss Someone, Careless Love, Matchbox, That's All Right Mama, Big River, Girl From The North Country, I Walk The Line, You Are My Sunshine, Ring Of Fire, Guess Things Happen That Way, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Blue Yodel #1, Blue Yodel #5
(2) I Threw It All Away, Living The Blues; Girl From The North Country [w/Johnny Cash]
(3) Nashville Skyline Rag, I Threw It All Away, Peggy Day, Country Pie, Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You

NOTE: The tracks commonly identified as "quad mixes" are apparently encoded so as to play in surround sound on an appropriate device. This CD has apparently been issued in at three distinct forms, under the same label/number, in packaging with noticeable differences only in the track listing. Aside from the version listed here, one variant exists which omits the quad mixes; a second variant includes the quad mixes but omits the Cash show performances.

CDG: Outtakes from Nashville Skyline period; loose, easy harmonies with Johnny Cash. Good for long car trips or background music at home or office.

rmd: This boot acts as a time gauge of where and what Bob and Johnny were doing in 1969. As mentioned in other reviews, its beauty lies in its simplicity.

rmd: The camaraderie of this session and the good humored atmosphere are rarely equalled anywhere. It doesn't sound like two of the greatest poets and voices of the 20th century on this CD; it sounds like a couple of midly drunken factory workers after a particularly long shift, staring into the face of a weekend with razor stubble, a bottle of whiskey, and a dollar or two. And that's why it's good.

AMG: Judged as a proper studio album, the performances are simply too ragged and tentative. Judged as a loose, informal meeting of two giants, it's very pleasurable listening, in perfect fidelity.