Murder

Murder

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"Here is my personal selection of my recordings of songs of robbers, liars and murderers. These songs are just for listening and singing. Don't go out and do it." --Johnny Cash, liner notes excerpt

Not as brutal as its title suggests, MURDER finds room for, well, tenderness in its song selection, making this disc the most surprising in the triptych that

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"Here is my personal selection of my recordings of songs of robbers, liars and murderers. These songs are just for listening and singing. Don't go out and do it." --Johnny Cash, liner notes excerpt

Not as brutal as its title suggests, MURDER finds room for, well, tenderness in its song selection, making this disc the most surprising in the triptych that includes LOVE and GOD. Familiar fare dots the collection, such as the 1955 original Sun recording of "Folsom Prison Blues," the 1964 studio version of "The Long Black Veil," and the cautionary western tale from 1958, "Don't Take Your Guns to Town." These tracks are buttressed by lesser-known gems. From 1964 comes Johnny and June Carter Cash's delicate duet on Johnny Horton's "When It's Springtime in Alaska." Johnny's stark 1983 reading of Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman" reminds us that Cash was the first country artist to pick up on the Boss, continuing a track record he established in the early '60s when he introduced country fans to Dylan. For those who got a kick out of the gleeful brutality of Cash's AMERICAN RECORDINGS version of "Delia's Gone," this set includes the 1961 original, previously unreleased in the States. MURDER is good for what ails you. David McGee

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Of the three thematic Cash CDs simultaneously released in the spring of 2000 (the others are God and Love), Murder is the most sensible. For one thing, there are actually far fewer Cash songs about murder than there are Cash songs about love or God, so this compilation is a more thorough retrospective of a niche in his repertoire. In addition, one has to admit that Cash's somber vocals and flair for storytelling are well-suited for tales of assassination. Also, this is a well-selected set of 16 tunes, spanning the mid-'50s to the mid-'90s. With the exception of the classics "Folsom Prison Blues" (the original Sun version), "The Long Black Veil," and "Don't Take Your Guns to Town," most of these will be unfamiliar to many Cash fans, taken as they are from LPs, B-sides, and live recordings. Most of them are moving, sometimes chilling performances, whether Cash takes on the role of the killer or an observer. Cool overlooked cuts include 1965's spare and spooky "Hardin Wouldn't Run," and "When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)," recorded with wife June Carter. Some of these are pretty oddball tunes, too, in the best sense of that adjective. "Mister Garfield" is a gung-ho tribute to the most obscure assassinated American president, and "Joe Bean" actually manages some wicked gallows (literally) humor, its concluding punch line the message from the governor from whom Bean is hoping to obtain pardon: a gaily sung "Happy birthday, Joe Bean." One track, a 1966 cover of Harlan Howard's "The Sound of Laughter," was previously unreleased in the U.S., although it doesn't rate as one of the more notable entries on the anthology. Murder is also available as part of the three-CD box set Love God Murder, comprised of thematic discs that are available together or separately.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646554326
catalogNumber:
65543

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Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Johnny Horton   Composer
Bud Freeman   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Steven Berkowitz   Producer,Compilation Co-Producer
Charlie Bragg   Producer
Larry Butler   Producer
Ramblin' Jack Elliott   Composer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Billy Sherrill   Producer
Mark Wilder   Engineer
Quaglieri   Producer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Tillman Franks   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Darcy Proper   Mastering
Chris Athens   Engineer
Quentin Tarantino   Liner Notes
Dick Toops   Composer
Mike Cimicata   Packaging Manager
John Naatjes   Tape Research
Hollie Dew   Composer
Karl Silbersdorf   Composer
Léon Pober   Composer
J.R. Cash   Arranger,Adaptation
Larry Butler   Producer
T.J. "Red" Arnall   Composer

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