Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958

The Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958

by Johnny Cash
     
 
Johnny Cash's classic recordings for Sun have been reissued many times, and they have been issued in complete form before, most notably in Bear Family's exhaustive five-disc 1990 box set, The Man in Black: 1954-1958. Because of this glut of product, it's easy to look at Time-Life's 2005 three-disc set, The

Overview

Johnny Cash's classic recordings for Sun have been reissued many times, and they have been issued in complete form before, most notably in Bear Family's exhaustive five-disc 1990 box set, The Man in Black: 1954-1958. Because of this glut of product, it's easy to look at Time-Life's 2005 three-disc set, The Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958, and wonder if it's necessary, or just a quick cash-in tied into the release of the Joaquin Phoenix-starring 2005 biopic Walk the Line. After all, if you're nitpicking, this doesn't even contain the complete Sun recordings -- meaning that this doesn't contain all the alternate takes and false starts that are on the Bear Family box. But if you're looking for alternate takes -- or for that matter, the fly-on-the-wall fifth disc documenting a full recording session from The Man in Black -- you already have the Bear Family set in your library anyway and you wouldn't be interested in another complete Sun set unless it unearths forgotten recordings, which this does not. Instead, Time-Life's box does something useful: it presents one version of each of song Cash recorded at Sun in one convenient package. There are a handful of tracks that include false starts and, at times, undubbed masters are used, but if the hit version is better-known with overdubs -- as on "Guess Things Happen That Way" -- they wisely choose to use that instead. Consequently, this winds up as a useful, succinct summary of Cash's Sun recordings -- a package for the dedicated listener who doesn't need the alternate takes or the actual albums, but wants it all anyway. For that audience, this is an excellent choice.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
Label:
Time Life Records
UPC:
0610583174724
catalogNumber:
20803

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Wide Open Road
  2. Hey, Porter
  3. Cry, Cry, Cry
  4. My Two Timin' Woman
  5. Port of Lonely Hearts
  6. I Couldn't Keep from Crying
  7. Trail to Mexico
  8. Folsom Prison Blues
  9. So Doggone Lonesome
  10. Mean Eyed Cat
  11. Luther Played the Boogie
  12. Get Rhythm
  13. I Walk the Line
  14. Train of Love
  15. There You Go
  16. I Love You Because
  17. Goodbye Little Darlin'
  18. Staight A's in Love
  19. You're My Baby (Little Woolly Booger)
  20. My Treasure

Disc 2

  1. Next in Line
  2. Don't Make Me Go
  3. Give My Love to Rose
  4. Home of the Blues
  5. Rock Island Line
  6. Wreck of the Old 97
  7. Country Boy
  8. Doin' My Time
  9. If the Good Lord's Willing
  10. I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow
  11. I Was There When It Happened
  12. Remember Me (I'm the One Who Loves You)
  13. Belshazzar
  14. Big River
  15. Goodnight Irene
  16. Ballad of a Teenage Queen
  17. Come in, Stranger
  18. Guess Things Happen That Way
  19. Oh, Lonesome Me
  20. Leave That Junk Alone

Disc 3

  1. You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven
  2. The Story of a Broken Heart
  3. Sugartime
  4. Born to Lose
  5. Always Alone
  6. You Tell Me
  7. Life Goes On
  8. You Win Again
  9. I Could Never Be Ashamed of You
  10. Hey, Good Lookin'
  11. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)
  12. Cold, Cold Heart
  13. Blue Train
  14. Katy Too
  15. The Ways of a Woman in Love
  16. Fool's Hall of Fame
  17. Thanks a Lot
  18. It's Just About Time
  19. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  20. I Just Thought You'd Like to Know
  21. Down the Street to 301

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Charlie Rich   Piano
Jerry Lee Lewis   Piano
Don Carter   Vocals
Jack Clement   Acoustic Guitar
Marshall Grant   Bass,Interviewee
Luther Perkins   Guitar
Billy Lee Riley   Guitar
J.M. Van Eaton   Drums
Malcolm Yelvington   Vocals
Sid Manker   Guitar
Asa Wilkerson   Vocals
Lee Holt   Vocals
Jimmy Wilson   Piano
Bill Abbott   Vocals
Sara Bruce   Vocals
A.W. "Red" Kernodle   Steel Guitar
Jimmy Smith   Piano
Nita Smith   Vocals

Technical Credits

J. Scott Skinner   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer,Text
Jimmie Davis   Composer
David Booth   Interviewer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Peter Guralnick   Text
Hank Williams   Composer
Sam Phillips   Audio Production
Bill Flanagan   Text
Martin Hawkins   Interviewer
J. "Superslim" Lomax   Composer
Mike Jason   Liner Notes
J. Niles Clement   Composer
Ed Salamon   Text

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