The Fabulous Johnny Cash

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After bolting the Sun label for Columbia in 1958, Johnny Cash set out to do what he wasn't allowed to do at Sun -- stretch and realize his artistic vision. Released in 1959, The Fabulous Johnny Cash established a template for Cash's Columbia tenure, which was marked by an exhilarating stylistic restlessness that found him investigating gospel, folk, rock, and blues when he wasn't writing his own literate, openhearted country-folk masterpieces. With the Jordanaires' smooth background harmonies supplementing the stalwart Tennessee Two guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant throughout, Cash plunged into the gospel music, delivering a powerful interpretation of ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
After bolting the Sun label for Columbia in 1958, Johnny Cash set out to do what he wasn't allowed to do at Sun -- stretch and realize his artistic vision. Released in 1959, The Fabulous Johnny Cash established a template for Cash's Columbia tenure, which was marked by an exhilarating stylistic restlessness that found him investigating gospel, folk, rock, and blues when he wasn't writing his own literate, openhearted country-folk masterpieces. With the Jordanaires' smooth background harmonies supplementing the stalwart Tennessee Two guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant throughout, Cash plunged into the gospel music, delivering a powerful interpretation of Dorothy Love Coates's "That's Enough." Two Cash originals introduced here rank among his landmarks: the poetic account of incapacitating loneliness "I Still Miss Someone," and the dramatic gunfighter ballad "Don't Take Your Guns to Town." The classic country strains of "Suppertime" frame a resonant memory of childhood that sets up a heartfelt Cash narration about reuniting with his beloved family in Heaven, a theme to which he has returned repeatedly over the years. "One More Ride" is a propulsive railroadin' and ramblin' song, already familiar turf for Cash at this juncture. As a bonus, this reissue includes six songs cut at the original sessions but never issued in the U.S. or, in a couple of cases, anywhere else. Among these is a lowdown country blues, "Walkin' the Blues," with Cash picking a mean acoustic solo at the end. An auspicious fresh start, The Fabulous Johnny Cash captures an American maverick seizing a long-awaited moment and then building on it magnificently.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Fabulous Johnny Cash was Cash's first album for Columbia Records and one of his best for the label. Unlike some of his latter-day albums, there wasn't much filler on the record. At the time of its recording, Cash had just been freed from his contract with Sun. Instead of recording these songs for his last Sun sessions, he wound up saving much of his best material for his Columbia album, and that's what makes The Fabulous so consistent. The album builds on his basic, spare sound, but it is slightly more polished than his Sun records. But what makes it so entertaining are the songs themselves. From "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" and "Frankie's Man, Johnny" to "Pickin' Time" and "The Troubador," the album is filled with first-rate songs, with only a handful of mediocre songs like "Suppertime," which don't distract from the overall quality of the album at all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998633322
  • Catalog Number: 86333

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist, Guitar, Leader, Vocals
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Don Helms Steel Guitar
Marshall Grant Bass
Buddy Harman Drums
Luther Perkins Guitar
Marvin Hughes Piano
Morris Palmer Drums
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Composer, Author
Matt Kelly Tape Research
Billy Vaughn Composer
Billy Altman Liner Notes
Geoff Gillette Sleeve Design
Don Law Producer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Randy Wood Composer
Al Quaglieri Producer, Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Howard Fritzon Art Direction
Ira F. Stanphill Composer
Roy Cash Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Stacey Boyle Tape Research
Kay Smith Tape Research
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
Hal Adams Cover Photo
Maggie Perrotta Tape Research
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