At Folsom Prison (Vinyl)
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Vinyl LP repressing. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison fully captures Cash's gritty intensity and hard-headed humanity, capturing a high-energy set performed for an equally spirited audience.
Johnny Cash had been breaking new ground for a decade when At Folsom Prison suddenly made the world at large take notice. The interaction of a volatile prison population starved for entertainment and a desperately on-form Johnny Cash was electrifying. His somber machismo finally found a home. The songs, which included every prison song Cash knew ("I Got Stripes," "The Wall," "25 Minutes to Go," "Cocaine Blues," plus his own "Folsom Prison Blues") were tailored to galvanize the crowd. This set is all about atmosphere. Live at the Grand Ole Opry this ain't. The 1999 version drops the San Quentin portion of the original CD reissue, instead adding three cuts to complete the full and uncensored Folsom show. --Colin Escott --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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From the opener "Folsom Prison Blues," through the addictive (no pun intended) "Cocaine Blues" and the epitomy of gallows humor ("25 Minutes to Go"), this CD is a pure classic. Through such classics as "Orange Blossom Special" and the powerful adultery/murder song "Long Black Veil," you'll wonder how the CD could get any better. When the humorous tunes "Dirty Ol Egg Suckin Dog" and "Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart" meet your ears, you'll think you're in heaven. When June Carter lets loose her growled vocals on "Jackson," you'll know your beyond heaven. The pounding "John Henry" will hammer it in that you're listening to PURE COUNTRY MUSIC, while the closing "Greystone Chapel" (written by one of the inmates present at the concert) reminds you what this album is all about.
Wow. That was a lot of words right there--but not enough. You know who Johnny Cash is. You've probably heard of this album before. JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON is an album that you need--whether you're a fan of country, rock, disco, hip-hop, what have you. Cash trascends typical musical genres. Cash is a legend who will be sorely missed. AT FOLSOM PRISON is just a small piece of his legacy--but it's a damn good piece.
Johnny Cash takes full advantage of the unusual circumstances, drawing energy from the literally captive audience, and creating an intense atmosphere which results in one of the most raw and stimulating performances you'll ever hear.
("This show is being recorded for an album released on Columbia Records", Cash says, "-so you can't say hell or sh*t or anything like that!")
Country weepers like "I Still Miss Someone" and "Green, Green Grass Of Home" may have seemed smaltzy if performed by an artist with less panache, but the imposing Johnny Cash imbues every song with dignity and sincerity.
Almost all of the nineteen songs performed has do to with death, prison, violence, drugs, loneliness, loss and regret, but "Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison" never becomes morose; Cash delivers songs like "Cocaine Blues", "Folsom Prison Blues", "The Wall" and "25 Minutes To Go" with conviction and a singular mix of seriousness and dark, acerbic humor, making this album a sublime concert album, one which truly couldn't have been recorded in the studio. One of the finest records of the 60s, and a must-have for anyone even remotely interested in the music of Johnny Cash.
This isn't a singles record, this is an album; you put it on to hear the whole thing. The performance itself is tight and structured, just like the venue. The recording is especially atmospheric - the reverb bouncing off the concrete walls, the sounds of doors slamming in the background, and an interruption by a prison announcement. Cash and the band (which includes the brilliant Luther Perkins, and his brother Carl - think Blue Suede Shoes) seem unflappable and completely at ease, belying the actual tension of the gig.
This reissue restores the original recording to its raw, warts-and all-feel, in direct contrast to the sanitized version that I grew up with: four songs have been restored to the set due to increased available length, plus Cash's interaction with the audience and the profanity (tasteful by today's standards) has been re-introduced, revealing the incredibly gritty nature of this record. Plus, the packaging is incredible: the handwritten note from Cash, describing why he felt compelled to make this album, the liner notes, and an appreciation from Steve Earle round out the package to create not merely a reissue, but a full restoration.
If you are hungry for something more substantial than the latest Clapton disc or Zeppelin reissue, you won't regret a minute of this terrific album.
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So good, so clear and honest with Johnny and June singing GREAT songs.Published 15 months ago by Mary Cathlin Hess
Probably my favourite Johnny Cash album. The music is clearly amazing and the comedy within it is great. MUST BUY!Published on April 4 2014 by Cody Weston
Awesome CD - love the Man in Black. Great sound and Johnny is on!
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