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The Legend Of Johnny Cash: 1955-2003 Best of

4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 1 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000BISBDY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Cry! Cry! Cry!
2. Hey Porter
3. Folsom Prison Blues
4. I Walk The Line
5. Get Rhythm
6. Big River
7. Guess THings Happen That Way
8. Ring Of Fire
9. Jackson
10. A Boy Named Sue
11. Sunday Morning Coming Down
12. Man In Black
13. One Piece At A Time
14. Highwayman
15. The Wanderer - U2
16. Delia's Gone
17. Rusty Cage
18. I've Been Everywhere
19. Give My Love To Rose
20. The Man Comes Around (Early Take)
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Johnny Cash's death at age 71 on September 12, 2003, nearly four months after the passing of his beloved wife and musical partner June Carter Cash, closed a career spanning nearly an even half a century. It launched a worldwide groundswell of grief and media attention comparable to that for a deceased head of state. Cash was far more than one of country music's greatest stars. While his lonesome baritone defied fad or fashion, his charismatic presence and flinty integrity made him an American cultural icon, a regular presence on TV, radio and in dramatic films, admired by the Greatest Generation through Gen-X and beyond. This Fall, 20th Century Fox will be releasing a film on November 18, 2005 based on the first 30 years of Johnny Cash's life. The film features several of the songs that appear on The Legend Of Johnny Cash including 'Cry! Cry! Cry!', 'Hey Porter', 'Folsom Prison Blues', 'I Walk The Line', 'Get Rhythm', 'Ring Of Fire' and his duet with June Carter 'Jackson'. Hip-O. 2005.

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This introduction to the Man in Black's catalog is about as fine a one as can be found on one disc, primarily because the 21 classic tracks span J.R. Cash's entire career, from his first rockabilly single, "Hey, Porter"/"Cry! Cry! Cry!" (Sun Records, 1955), to his last significant alt-country tracks (American Recordings, 2003). Though Cash had his peaks and valleys in the studio, what shines brightly on this collection is how constant--how unwavering--his creativity remained, whether he was writing and performing original material or interpreting the work of others. His voice, too, remained a majestic thing of wonder, even as Cash often sang off-beat; settled his bass-baritone somewhere around, if not on the note; and cared more about power and emotion than strict rules of measure--something that became especially important as illness changed his great oaken voice into a frail instrument. In this way, he was able to infuse novelty songs ("One Piece at a Time," "A Boy Named Sue") with undeniable cool and maintain the poetry of Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" even in the awful advent of a gloppy, too-peppy string section. Other chestnuts here take on new dimension in retrospect. "Jackson," a duet with wife June Carter Cash, seemed almost comedic ("hotter than a pepper sprout") when it was released, but now reveals the couple's own white-hot sexuality, primarily in June's elegant, if straightahead vocal. The surprise of The Legend of Johnny Cash is how seamlessly the newer material blends with the seminal, and how full-circle it sometimes comes: Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" doesn't seem markedly different from the quietly defiant songs that Cash defined himself with in the '50s and early '60s. Yet the compilation producers, like Cash himself, saved the best for last. "Hurt," Trent Reznor's poignant meditation on addiction, is devastating as written, but becomes a thing of terrible beauty in the ailing Cash's ravaged, autobiographical delivery. Sequenced as the final cut on the album, it ends with a kind of shocking void; stunning in its intensity, dropping the listener off a cliff of something very akin to grief. No artist, no matter what genre, could have planned a more haunting exit. --Alanna Nash


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It's hardly the definitive collection of Johnny Cash but for a single cd there's no disputing what is here. "I Walk The Line," "Hurt," U2's "The Wanderer," every song's excellent. Maybe there should have been more of the older classics and less of the newer ones but it's a great sampler of his entire career, especially for people that may have only discovered him in recent years. Hopefully there'll be a sequel to the collection.

Update: In 2006 a second part was released to this collection, every bit as good as this one; it's definitely worth getting as well.
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This album has a good portion of Cash's hits, including goodies like a live track of A Boy Named Sue and Hurt(Which I couldn't find on other albums). For a Single CD, it definately has the best possible collection I can think of. Being mostly new material(or, lack-of older material), it seems perfect for the new listener, because lets face it; not everyone likes country, but this album can really warm you up to it. No complaints with sound quality either, all the tracks sound shiny and new.
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The price was right. The service was great. It arrived in lots of time for Christmas. It was a gift for my boyfriend but I too get to enjoy it.
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This CD has some excellent songs on it. Johnny Cash is one of my favorite musical artists and I enjoy this CD very much.
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It's good - has all the expected tunes. I find there's something more...fun? listening to him live At Folsom Prison.
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By AHK on May 31 2013
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Some of Jonny Cash's songs are fantastic and this CD allows you to enjoy his unusual style and wonderful deep voice.
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By Shelagh on Feb. 23 2013
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An excellent CD all the Johnny Cash fav songs. Good sound and good music. Yes I would recommend this product.
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Out of the many Johnny Cash compilations, this one is an EXCELLENT overview of his much accomplished career!
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