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NEW Johnny Cash - Essential Johnny Cash (CD)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation Jan. 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
From his first recordings in the mid-fifties up until his death in 2003, Johnny Cash has shelled out some of the finest hits in pop music history. His excellent stylings have made him universally accepted by many - I generally don't like country music, but Cash is a huge exception to that rule. Over the years, Cash has had a number of hits compilations (he has more hits compilations than many artists have studio albums!) Now, the Essential collection tries its hand at capturing Cash in a two-disc hits compilation. How does this compilation measure up? Read on and find out!
PROS:
-If you're just a casual fan of Cash, and you want a compilation that will give you the big hits of Cash's career, this compilation is a good bet. I Walk The Line, Don't Take Your Guns To Town, Ring Of Fire, The Ballad Of Ira Hayes, Folsom Prison Blues, and A Boy Named Sue are among the hits that you'll find here.
-In addition to the hits, you get a number of underrated masterpieces. Among these are Hey Porter and Get Rhythm, excellent tracks that were originally B-Sides.
-Many of the tracks on here are collaborations with other excellent artists. Among the artists Cash performs with on here are Bob Dylan, Marty Robbins, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, U2, and even his wife, June Carter Cash.
-This compilation is readily available in a number of stores, so you shouldn't have to look too hard for it.
CONS:
-Obviously, two-disc compilations cost more than single-disc ones.
-The major complaint I have is that there is no material on here from Cash's four albums on the American label. This really bites, because as another reviewer stated, his cover of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt is nothing short of excellent, and it has been getting a lot of popularity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Some years ago I heard Johnny Cash on the U2 tune "The Wanderer", and thought he had a wonderful voice and "poise" about him. Unfortunately, it took me until he died and I saw him sing on TV before I bought this album -and I was really impressed!
This does not sound at all like "traditional" Country, and in fact, the Nashville music scene agreed with this for years, as they wouldn't play Cash on country music radio -Why?
Well, I would say this music sounds like a bluesy/gospely folk music that just didn't fit the mold at the time.
So if you are not a big Country Music fan, but you do like blues, gospel, or folk singing, you will very likely enjoy this album.
So many of the songs on this double-album are great, that I will only mention my absolute favorite 10 songs (due to space constraints).
"Hey Porter" was his breakthrough, and it is a truly fantastic rhythmic/driving song about riding a train and getting closer and closer to his home in Tennessee, and it sets the tone for the rest of the album.
"I Walk the Line" is his next "hit" and really showcases his deep voice that he became famous for, and I understand became of one Country music's "classic" songs.
I really like "Get Rhythm". It is a "popping" song with a great beat, and it just pulls you along. It seems more like a top 40 song that could have very well been sung by Fats Domino in the 50's! -no surprise then that Little Richard covered it on a Johnny Cash Tribute Album.
"I Guess Things Happen That Way" is such a short poignant piece of music, I am really surprised that it never became a standard at campfires or in movies.
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By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This double-CD version of "The Essential Johnny Cash," not to be confused with a three-CD set with the same title that came out a decade earlier, was issued to commemorate Cash's 70th birthday. Consequently, it has ended up serving as a fitting tribute album to remember the Man in Black who died this month. It provides a more than adequate look at his career from 1955-1993, which, unfortunately, does mean it stops before his brilliant 1994 recording "American Recordings." However, this is a minor point because that is an essential Johnny Cash album in its own right, along with the Sixties albums "At Folsom Prison" and "At San Quentin." However, for someone who discovers that they do not have a Johnny Cash album in their music library, this is certainly a good place to start.
This version of "The Essential Johnny Cash" focuses on the early years, with the vast majority of tracks coming from the 1950s and 1960s. Actually, there is only one track after 1986, which would be "The Wanderer," recorded with U2 in 1993. However, it is hard to argue with covering the first two major peaks in Cash's career like this and to leave the single album assessment of the final renaissance he enjoyed in recent years, exemplified by his cover of Nine Inch Nail's "Hurt," for down the road. The main thing is that you get his signature tunes, "I Walk the Line," Man in Black," and the live version of "A Boy Named Sue" that officially marked his crossover from country to the popular consciousness of American music, as well as his celebrated covers of "If I Were a Carpenter" and his duets with his wife, June Carter Cash, such as "Jackson.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Censorship gone too far
I really wouldn't have thought this would be such a big issue for me, but I feel somewhat cheated by the fact that the song "A Boy Named Sue" [Live] was censored. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Disque
Produit conforme à mes attentes
Item tel que demandé
Excellente livraison
Prix compétitif et emballage adéquat.
Bon choix de produit
Published 15 months ago by Christian Parenteau
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Johnny Cash!
It's Johnny Cash! If you like him, you'll like this album. I was not a great fan but i wanted the best from him without buying 10 CD's so this one do the job perfectly.
Published 22 months ago by Guy B.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Primer
This collection might more aptly be called "The Beginner's Guide to Johnny Cash". The hits are here, but in my opinion, the "Essential" Johnny Cash would... Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Kevin Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great Review of Cash's Work
This is the first album I bought from Johnny Cash. It provides a pretty good background into the man's work from the 1960s and extending into the 1980s. Read more
Published on Nov. 2 2003 by Neel Aroon
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered CASH
After 40 years or so of listening to John, this is a wonderful compilation of some of his best works from early days to more recent cuts, all presented in the order of the release... Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Retrospective
Johnny Cash was an American music icon known to the world as the "Man in Black." His booming deep bass voice is surely one of the most recognizable in country music... Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003 by Jim Bagley
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching... I feel so close...
As a diabetic, a fan of music and having "discovered" his music not too long ago, I feel sad for the departure of The Man in Black on September 12, 2003. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2003 by Manny Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars RIP to One of the All-time Greats
funny how the music Industry loves to Label Styles&Sounds but can you truly Label a Cat like Johnny Cash? Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2003 by mistermaxxx08
4.0 out of 5 stars remembering john cash
My Dad is a dj for our local radio station as he has been for 46 years, WHEE in Martinsville, Va. The first song he ever played for my birthday that I can remember was "Don't... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2003 by John David Compton
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