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Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous
These early Cash classics provided him with hits and many other artists with some great material. And the sparse sound of The Tennessee Two holds up well.
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Cash’s third Sun album is wall-to-wall classic early Cash, and wall-to-wall hit singles. Eleven of the original twelve tracks (everything except for a cover of Hank Williams’ "I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You)" hit the top-10 of the county charts (with four #1s!), and five crossed over to the pop charts (with three top-20s!). Included among the track list are several icons of the Cash’s catalog, such as "I Walk the Line" and "Big River." ¶ The original twelve tracks have been anthologized in numerous other places (e.g., Varese’s fine 2-CD "The Complete Original Singles" includes all but the non-single track), but never have they been reissued on CD in this original album form. At the time of issue, this 1959 album was really a compilation of successful Cash Sun singles of ’56, ’57 and ’58. And though the single was king at the time, many listeners first brought these recordings home in this long-playing form. Those remembering their album purchase will enjoy revisiting the song sequence, as will those who’ve only heard these songs on Cash compilations. ¶ Varese’s CD reissue augments the original dozen tracks with four bonuses, including three alternate takes and the undubbed master of "Ballad of a Teenage Queen." The latter is fascinating in its presentation of Cash and the Tennessee Two, stripped of Jack Clement’s bombastic (and, to be fair, hit-single making) production. Though the single’s bouncier rhythm line and backing choir (especially Cyd Mostreller’s falsetto) were memorable hooks, the folk-like simplicity of the basic track focusses stirringly on Cash’s baritone. Alternate takes of "The Ways of a Woman in Love" and "Guess That Things Happen That Way" are similarly revealed from Clement’s overdubbed hit singles. ¶ Though the original dozen tracks appear on several other collections, hearing them in album sequence, especially with the four bonus tracks, makes this a worthwhile spin for Cash collectors and neophytes alike. ¶ 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings.