The iconic voices of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash are one in the newly released “Wanted Man” demo from 1969.
Dylan penned the track for Cash, but the pair decided to try it out in the studio together before it appeared on Cash’s 1969 live album, At San Quentin. It would also later be released as a studio version.
The original demo recording features the two legendary musicians singing while Carl Perkins plays guitar. The newly released version will be featured on the upcoming box set “Bob Dylan (Featuring Johnny Cash) – Travelin’ Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15”.
Cash had only just learned the song the week before, giving fans a raw look at song-making, including all the stumbling and improvising that goes with it.
The voice of June Carter Cash even appears, warning her then-husband, “Honey, I don’t want to interrupt your train of thought, but be sure that Bob puts the melody to that song, that ‘Wanted Man’… you forgot the melody.”
“Wanted Man” has also been covered by artists like Nick Cave and George Thorogood.