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The Essential Johnny Cash

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Part of Sony Legacy's ambitious, much-deserved reissue campaign in honor of Johnny Cash's 70th birthday, The Essential Johnny Cash arrives as a two-CD collection of 36 songs ranging from the Man in Black's first Sun hit, "Hey Porter," to his 1993 collaboration with U2 on "The Wanderer." So consider Essential a sort of Johnny Cash Rosetta Stone; an album filled with tracks that help music lovers understand the daunting range of Cash's art. As a songwriter and interpreter, he has been the master of all he embraces -- and he has embraced a whole lot: folk, traditional country, gospel the monumental "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord", rockabilly from the Sun era, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Part of Sony Legacy's ambitious, much-deserved reissue campaign in honor of Johnny Cash's 70th birthday, The Essential Johnny Cash arrives as a two-CD collection of 36 songs ranging from the Man in Black's first Sun hit, "Hey Porter," to his 1993 collaboration with U2 on "The Wanderer." So consider Essential a sort of Johnny Cash Rosetta Stone; an album filled with tracks that help music lovers understand the daunting range of Cash's art. As a songwriter and interpreter, he has been the master of all he embraces -- and he has embraced a whole lot: folk, traditional country, gospel the monumental "Were You There When They Crucified My Lord", rockabilly from the Sun era, western songs, topical songs "The Ballad of Ira Hayes", protest songs, patriotic songs, love songs, heartbreak songs has there been a more vivid account of a forlorn soul than "I Still Miss Someone"?, and duets with June Carter Cash, Bob Dylan, and Marty Robbins -- the latter being an overlooked gem, a salute to solid American values in "Song of the Patriot". While future reissues will restore to print ten Cash albums previously unavailable on CD -- two rare and underrated Cash titles were reissued in December 2001: America and Ragged Old Flag -- Essential lives up to its name, especially for those who might be unfamiliar with the full scope of this treasured artist's monumental contribution to American music for nearly half a century.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Issued in commemoration of Cash's 70th birthday, this double CD is a good survey of 1955-1993 career highlights (and a different release than the similarly titled three-CD The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983). Is it a good place to start? That depends on what you have or don't have already, considering that so many greatest-hits compilations containing some or much of this material appeared prior to this, yet another repackage. All of his very biggest hits are here, and it leans very heavily on his first 15 years of recordings, with just eight of the 36 tracks postdating 1970 (and only one of them, his 1993 U2 collaboration "The Wanderer," postdating 1986). For that reason some may complain that it doesn't give some phases of his career proper weight, and certainly not evenly distributed weight. But let's be cold about this: Cash's best records were between 1955 and 1970, and focusing on his early work, as this compilation does, means higher overall quality. It's too bad nothing is included from his acclaimed, unadorned 1994 album, American Recordings, but otherwise this will serve as a quite satisfactory best-of for those who want both the familiar hits and a few good, not-so-overplayed ones, like his versions of "It Ain't Me Babe," "Jackson," and "If I Were a Carpenter."
Rolling Stone - Milo Miles
1/2 "...Cash is seductive even when laying a murderous demon and shows cracks even when he's supposed to be a pillar of the community. If he looks like America, he sounds like democracy."

1/2 "...Cash is seductive even when laying a murderous demon and shows cracks even when he's supposed to be a pillar of the community. If he looks like America, he sounds like democracy."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998629028
  • Catalog Number: 86290
  • Sales rank: 898

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hey Porter (2:13)
  2. 2 Cry Cry Cry (2:23)
  3. 3 I Walk the Line (2:43)
  4. 4 Get Rhythm (2:13)
  5. 5 There You Go (2:17)
  6. 6 Ballad of a Teenage Queen (2:11)
  7. 7 Big River (2:31)
  8. 8 Guess Things Happen That Way (1:49)
  9. 9 All Over Again (2:12)
  10. 10 Don't Take Your Guns to Town (3:02)
  11. 11 Five Feet High and Rising (1:46)
  12. 12 The Rebel - Johnny Yuma (1:52)
  13. 13 Tennessee Flat Top Box (2:58)
  14. 14 I Still Miss Someone (2:34)
  15. 15 Ring of Fire (2:35)
  16. 16 The Ballad of Ira Hayes (4:07)
  17. 17 Orange Blossom Special (3:06)
  18. 18 Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? (3:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It Ain't Me Babe - June Carter Cash (3:03)
  2. 2 The One on the Right Is on the Left (2:47)
  3. 3 Jackson - Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash (2:44)
  4. 4 Folsom Prison Blues (2:44)
  5. 5 Daddy Sang Bass (2:20)
  6. 6 Girl from the North Country - Bob Dylan (3:42)
  7. 7 A Boy Named Sue (3:46)
  8. 8 If I Were a Carpenter - June Carter Cash (2:59)
  9. 9 Sunday Morning Coming Down (4:09)
  10. 10 Flesh and Blood (2:36)
  11. 11 Man in Black (2:52)
  12. 12 Ragged Old Flag (3:08)
  13. 13 One Piece at a Time (4:01)
  14. 14 (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (3:44)
  15. 15 Song of the Patriot (3:28)
  16. 16 Highwayman - Willie Nelson (3:03)
  17. 17 The Night Hank Williams Came to Town - Waylon Jennings (3:23)
  18. 18 The Wanderer - U2 (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist
The Carter Family Track Performer
Waylon Jennings Track Performer
Kris Kristofferson Track Performer
Willie Nelson Track Performer
Bob Dylan Track Performer
June Carter Cash Track Performer
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tim Hardin Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler Composer
The Edge Composer, Producer
Brian Ahern Producer
Earl Ball Producer
Bono Composer
Charlie Bragg Producer
June Carter Cash Composer
Adam Clayton Composer
Jack Clement Composer, Producer
Don Davis Producer
Brian Eno Producer
Flood Producer
Bob Johnston Producer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
Chips Moman Producer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Sam Phillips Producer
Merle Kilgore Composer
Frank Bez Cover Photo
Lisa Sparagano Art Direction
Gaby Rodgers Composer
Roy Cash Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Traditional Composer
Jaan Uhelszki Collaboration
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cash, a true musical legend

    I was born shortly after the original "Johnny Cash Television Show", had gone off the air in 1971, but I barely remember him being on for a short stint in the mid 1970's. That is when I liked him a singer and I still remembering him putting good music at the time. There are several great songs on this double CD set. The transition from Sun to Columbia is very good because it shows you the rockabilly tune like "I Walk The Line" and "Get Rhythm", to the songs like "I Still Miss Someone" , "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" , and his greatest hit of all time "Ring Of Fire". Only one song does not need to be there is a Bono - U2 song called "The Wanderer". It is too modern of a song compared to rest of the compilation. It make a great gift for any music lover who some of Johnny Cash's Discography at Columbia

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