Cash Sings Cash

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Johnny Cash was quite simply one of the most iconic figures in the history of country music, and his low, rumbling voice and black-clad figure burned an indelible image into the imaginations of music fans around the world. However, the force of that image tends to outweigh the fact that Cash not only sang great songs, he wrote 'em too, and this collection of 21 top-notch sides from Cash's days at Sun Records is a potent reminder that many of his finest performances came from songs that emerged from his own pen. In fact, a quick scan of the track list for Cash Sings Cash suggests this disc could have been called Johnny Cash's Greatest Sun Hits and few would have cause to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Johnny Cash was quite simply one of the most iconic figures in the history of country music, and his low, rumbling voice and black-clad figure burned an indelible image into the imaginations of music fans around the world. However, the force of that image tends to outweigh the fact that Cash not only sang great songs, he wrote 'em too, and this collection of 21 top-notch sides from Cash's days at Sun Records is a potent reminder that many of his finest performances came from songs that emerged from his own pen. In fact, a quick scan of the track list for Cash Sings Cash suggests this disc could have been called Johnny Cash's Greatest Sun Hits and few would have cause to object, with must-have sides like "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hey, Porter!," "Big River," and "Home of the Blues" onboard. A quick spin through this compilation also gives an impressive picture of the diversity of Cash's compositions, from novelties full of sass and swagger like "Big River" and "Mean Eyed Cat" to stark tales of love and loss such as "I Walk the Line" and "Home of the Blues," not to mention some heartbreaking narratives "Give My Love to Rose" and jaunty celebrations of Southern life "Country Boy". It's all but impossible to imagine another singer making as much of Cash's compositions as Cash himself, but judging from Cash Sings Cash, if the guy simply landed as gig as a staff songwriter at Hill and Range or Acuff-Rose in the early '50s, he'd still have become a legendary name in country music -- as a writer and a singer, the man clearly had the goods, and this set is thoroughly satisfying from front to back.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206653724
  • Catalog Number: 066537

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Walk the Line (2:46)
  2. 2 Big River (2:32)
  3. 3 There You Go (2:19)
  4. 4 Give My Love to Rose (2:46)
  5. 5 Katy Too (1:59)
  6. 6 So Doggone Lonesome (2:40)
  7. 7 Train of Love (2:25)
  8. 8 Hey, Porter! (2:15)
  9. 9 Don't Make Me Go (2:30)
  10. 10 You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven (2:41)
  11. 11 Straight A's in Love (2:16)
  12. 12 Country Boy (1:53)
  13. 13 Cry! Cry! Cry! (2:29)
  14. 14 Next in Line (2:48)
  15. 15 Mean Eyed Cat (2:30)
  16. 16 Home of the Blues (2:41)
  17. 17 Get Rhythm (2:15)
  18. 18 Come in Stranger (1:43)
  19. 19 Luther Played the Boogie (2:05)
  20. 20 Wide Open Road (2:30)
  21. 21 Folsom Prison Blues (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Composer
Glen Douglas Composer
Jack Clement Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Sam Phillips Producer, Audio Production
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
James "Jimmy" Atkins Composer
Lillie McAlpine Composer
Hoyt Johnson Composer
Glenn Douglas Composer
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