The Greatest: The Number Ones

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As part of Columbia/Legacy's ongoing celebration of Johnny Cash's 80th birthday in 2012, the label assembled a series of compilations under the rubric "The Greatest." This 19-track collection covers ground so obvious that it's a wonder there hasn't been a similar compilation before: it showcases Cash's chart-toppers. Strictly speaking, some of these singles did not reach number one -- 1958's "The Ways of a Woman in Love" and 1979's "Ghost Riders in the Sky" peaked at two, while 1958's "What Do I Care" topped out at eight -- and a good case could be made that "Get Rhythm," the charting flip of "I Walk the Line," should have been here, but that's ultimately ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As part of Columbia/Legacy's ongoing celebration of Johnny Cash's 80th birthday in 2012, the label assembled a series of compilations under the rubric "The Greatest." This 19-track collection covers ground so obvious that it's a wonder there hasn't been a similar compilation before: it showcases Cash's chart-toppers. Strictly speaking, some of these singles did not reach number one -- 1958's "The Ways of a Woman in Love" and 1979's "Ghost Riders in the Sky" peaked at two, while 1958's "What Do I Care" topped out at eight -- and a good case could be made that "Get Rhythm," the charting flip of "I Walk the Line," should have been here, but that's ultimately nitpicking as this provides a single-disc overview of Cash's charting years unlike any other compilation on the market. Usually, Cash compilations concentrate on his enduring standards, which aren't necessarily the same thing as his biggest hits. This means that there are some very big songs missing here -- "Hey Porter," "Cry Cry Cry," "I Still Miss Someone," "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," "Five Feet High and Rising," "Jackson," and "I Got Stripes" are all absent -- but in their place is a handful of comparatively overlooked hits like "What Do I Care," "The One on the Right Is on the Left," "Flesh and Blood," and "One Piece at a Time," songs that add chronological context to the staples on this set. And that's why even with the notable omissions this is still an excellent overview and introduction to Cash: it's a vivid snapshot of his peak.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919033328
  • Catalog Number: 190333
  • Sales rank: 20,807

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two (2:45)
  2. 2 There You Go (2:18)
  3. 3 Ballad of a Teenage Queen (2:11)
  4. 4 Guess Things Happen That Way (1:50)
  5. 5 The Ways of a Woman In Love (2:15)
  6. 6 What Do I Care (2:06)
  7. 7 Don't Take Your Guns to Town (3:03)
  8. 8 Ring of Fire (2:36)
  9. 9 Understand Your Man (2:44)
  10. 10 The One on the Right Is on the Left (2:48)
  11. 11 Folsom Prison Blues (2:44)
  12. 12 Daddy Sang Bass (2:21)
  13. 13 A Boy Named Sue (3:46)
  14. 14 Sunday Morning' Comin' Down (4:08)
  15. 15 Flesh and Blood (2:37)
  16. 16 One Piece at a Time (4:02)
  17. 17 There Ain't No Good Chain Gang - Waylon Jennings (3:17)
  18. 18 (Ghost) Riders in the Sky (3:47)
  19. 19 Highwayman - The Highwaymen (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Primary Artist, Group Member
Waylon Jennings Group Member
Kris Kristofferson Group Member
Willie Nelson Group Member
Technical Credits
Johnny Cash Producer
Waylon Jennings Producer
Kris Kristofferson Composer
Charlie Rich Composer
Shel Silverstein Composer
Bill Justis Composer
Brian Ahern Producer
Charlie Bragg Producer
Jack Clement Composer, Producer
Don Davis Producer
Bob Johnston Producer
Frank Jones Producer
Don Law Producer
Chips Moman Producer
Anthony DeCurtis Liner Notes
Sam Phillips Producer
Randall Martin Art Direction
John Carter Cash Executive Producer
Lou Robin Executive Producer
Maria Triana Mastering
J.R. Cash Composer
M. Kilgore Composer
C. Perkins Composer
S. Jones Composer
D. Kirby Composer
J. Carter Composer
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