At Folsom Prison

At Folsom Prison

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by Johnny Cash
     
 

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Johnny Cash's monumental At Folsom Prison remains a touchstone for country artists in and out of the mainstream, and a landmark in Cash's career, coming at the moment when he was ascending to the Mount Olympus of beloved American artists. As a statement of purpose, At Folsom Prison explores all the styles Cash has made his own and championed as the yearsSee more details below

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Johnny Cash's monumental At Folsom Prison remains a touchstone for country artists in and out of the mainstream, and a landmark in Cash's career, coming at the moment when he was ascending to the Mount Olympus of beloved American artists. As a statement of purpose, At Folsom Prison explores all the styles Cash has made his own and championed as the years have passed -- it's as honest an album as any artist has ever recorded. Bonus tracks include "Busted," "Joe Bean," and the tall tale Cash owns, "The Legend of John Henry's Hammer." Cash's original, Grammy-winning liner notes are reproduced, and he's added an intimate, personal reflection on this project to boot; for good measure, Steve Earle puts in his evocative two cents' worth in the liner copy as well.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Folsom Prison looms large in Johnny Cash's legacy, providing the setting for perhaps his definitive song and the location for his definitive album, At Folsom Prison. The ideal blend of mythmaking and gritty reality, At Folsom Prison is the moment when Cash turned into the towering Man in Black, a haunted troubadour singing songs of crime, conflicted conscience, and jail. Surely, this dark outlaw stance wasn't a contrivance but it was an exaggeration, with Cash creating this image by tailoring his set list to his audience of prisoners, filling up the set with tales of murder and imprisonment -- a bid for common ground with the convicts, but also a sly way to suggest that maybe Cash really did shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die. Given the cloud of death that hangs over the songs on At Folsom Prison, there's a temptation to think of it as a gothic, gloomy affair or perhaps a repository of rage, but what's striking about Cash's performance is that he never romanticizes either the crime or the criminals: if anything, he underplays the seriousness with his matter-of-fact ballad delivery or how he throws out wry jokes. Cash is relating to the prisoners and he's entertaining them too, singing "Cocaine Blues" like a bastard on the run, turning a death sentence into literal gallows humor on "25 Minutes to Go," playing "I Got Stripes" as if it were a badge of pride. Never before had his music seemed so vigorous as it does here, nor had he tied together his humor, gravity, and spirituality in one record. In every sense, it was a breakthrough, but more than that, At Folsom Prison is the quintessential Johnny Cash album, the place where his legend burns bright and eternal. [This Expanded Edition of At Folsom Prison added three bonus tracks to the songs included in the original 16-track LP.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2005
Label:
Sony Bmg Europe
UPC:
0828767144726
catalogNumber:
671447

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Tracks

  1. Folsom Prison Blues  - Johnny Cash
  2. Busted  - Johnny Cash
  3. Dark as the Dungeon  - Johnny Cash
  4. I Still Miss Someone  - Johnny Cash
  5. Cocaine Blues  - Johnny Cash
  6. 25 Minutes to Go  - Johnny Cash
  7. Orange Blossom Special  - Johnny Cash
  8. The Long Black Veil  - Johnny Cash
  9. Send a Picture of Mother  - Johnny Cash
  10. The Wall  - Johnny Cash
  11. Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog  - Johnny Cash
  12. Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart  - Johnny Cash
  13. Joe Bean  - Johnny Cash
  14. Jackson  - June Carter Cash
  15. Give My Love to Rose  - June Carter Cash
  16. I Got Stripes  - Johnny Cash
  17. The Legend of John Henry's Hammer  - Johnny Cash
  18. Green, Green Grass of Home  - Johnny Cash
  19. Greystone Chapel  - Johnny Cash

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Carter Family   Vocals
Carl Perkins   Electric Guitar
Statler Brothers   Vocals
June Carter Cash   Vocals,Track Performer
Marshall Grant   Bass,Bass Guitar
Luther Perkins   Electric Guitar
W.S. Holland   Drums
Casey   Guitar

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Liner Notes
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Bud Freeman   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Bob Johnston   Producer,Audio Production
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Bob Irwin   Producer,Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Darcy Proper   Mastering
Gaby Rodgers   Composer
Juliana Myrick   Packaging Manager,Package Manager
Woody Pornpitaksuk   Author
Léon Pober   Composer
G. Shirley   Composer
T.J. "Red" Arnall   Composer

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