The Collection: At Folsom Prison/At San Quentin/America

The Collection: At Folsom Prison/At San Quentin/America

by Johnny Cash


This Columbia boxed set of Johnny Cash's two prison albums (At Folsom Prison and At San Quentin) paired with his 1972 album, America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song, sort of makes sense -- the albums all come from the same period, and while the prison recordings are not really patriotic in the classic sense, they speak volumes about the American situation. Unfortunately, Folsom and San Quentin sound a little redundant when played back-to-back, and, well, America is just not a very good album. Some of the songs on the two live albums overlap, and jumping from the ragged, tense cellblock atmosphere to the metered historical recordings on the third disc makes for a strange listen. Still, those two prison records are pretty spectacular, containing definitive versions of "Cocaine Blues," "Jackson," and the goofy novelty of "Dirty Old Egg-Suckin' Dog," "Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart," and "A Boy Named Sue." While neither of these can detract from the oddness of Cash's 40-minute history lesson, they're still American classics, and if any Johnny Cash fan has a three-disc sized hole in their collection, they could do much worse than filling it with this. [This collection was reissued in 2004 with slightly different packaging.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998644427
catalogNumber: 86444

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Norman Blake   Banjo,Rhythm Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Carter Family   Vocals
Carl Perkins   Electric Guitar
Mark Morris   Percussion
Statler Brothers   Vocals
June Carter Cash   Vocals
Chuck Cochran   Piano
Ray Edenton   Rhythm Guitar
Marshall Grant   Bass
Red Lane   Rhythm Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Luther Perkins   Electric Guitar
Bob Wootton   Electric Guitar,Gut String Guitar
W.S. Holland   Drums
Charlie McCoy   Bass,Harmonica

Technical Credits

Nancy Blake   Arranger
Norman Blake   Composer
Marty Stuart   Liner Notes
Johnny Cash   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Merle Travis   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Steve Earle   Liner Notes
Carl Perkins   Composer
John Sebastian   Composer
Bud Freeman   Composer
Bob Johnson   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Jan Howard   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Jimmie Driftwood   Composer
Stephanie Black   Packaging Manager
Charlie Bragg   Engineer
Bob Breault   Engineer
Larry Butler   Producer
June Carter Cash   Composer,Liner Notes
Jack Clement   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
B. Johnson   Arranger
Bob Johnston   Producer
Richard Markowitz   Composer
Curly Putman   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Neil Wilburn   Engineer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Jack Elliott   Composer
Quaglieri   Producer,Reissue Producer
Bob Irwin   Producer,Reissue Producer
Danny Dill   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Glen Sherley   Composer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Gaby Rodgers   Composer
Jane Bowers   Composer
Glenn Tubb   Composer
Abraham Lincoln   Composer
Freeman Ramsey   Engineer
Charlie Williams   Composer
John Christiana   Packaging Manager
Lou Robin   Liner Notes
Juliana Myrick   Packaging Manager
Léon Pober   Composer

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