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NEW Johnny Cash - Essential Johnny Cash (CD)
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-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.
-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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The sound quality of songs such as "Guess Things Happen that Way" are quite amazing, showing how much information was really being recorded in those early days, far surpassing the playback equipment of the day.
From the rousing "Five feet high and Rising", "Johnny Yuma" with the incredible imaging of the individual voices of the Carter Family on the side, the Trumpets (and again the Carter Family) on a very clean "Ring of Fire" through the haunting and gritty "Ballad of Ira Hayes".
John's guitar work on "The One on the Right..." is truly amazing and crisp and genuinely shows his imense talent!
When listening to "Flesh and Blood", "Man in Black" and the auditorium sound of "Ragged Old Flag" you feel as if big John's right there with you!
"The Wanderer" with U2 was a pleasant surprize, as I'd never heard this before. This album is also a favourite of our daughter, who learned to count with "Five feet High and Rising" and who has enjoyed the "Folsom Prison" and "San Quentin" albums for the last year. This shows the incredibly wide audience John has been playing to!
He will be sorely missed!!
This chronological collection begins with eights hits from his tenure at Sun Records (1955-1958). Each of these great recordings, such as his double-sided hit debut "Cry, Cry, Cry"/"Hey Porter," "I Guess Things Happen That Way," "I Walk The Line," and his biggest chart hit "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen" (ten weeks at number one!) features a "boom-chicka-boom" rhythm and sparse instrumental backing by Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant (also known as the Tennessee Two). If you are looking for more music from this period, I suggest Varese's double-disc, forty track Complete Sun Singles.
Cash left Sun in late 1958 and signed with Columbia in hopes of occasionally recording his first love, gospel music, which Sun owner Sam Phillips would not allow. Cash's productive Columbia tenure (which ended in 1986) makes up 26 of the remaining 28 recordings.Read more ›
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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 morePublished 18 months ago by Luke
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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 on Oct. 4 2012 by Guy B.
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 morePublished on May 24 2004 by :)
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 morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by Neel Aroon
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2003 by Lawrance Bernabo
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 morePublished on Sept. 14 2003 by Manny Hernandez
funny how the music Industry loves to Label Styles&Sounds but can you truly Label a Cat like Johnny Cash? Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2003 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD