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Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958
     

The Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958

by Johnny Cash
 
Johnny Cash's classic recordings for Sun have been reissued many times, and they have been issued in complete form before, most notably in Bear Family's exhaustive five-disc 1990 box set, The Man in Black: 1954-1958. Because of this glut of product, it's easy to look at Time-Life's 2005 three-disc set, The Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958, and wonder if

Overview

Johnny Cash's classic recordings for Sun have been reissued many times, and they have been issued in complete form before, most notably in Bear Family's exhaustive five-disc 1990 box set, The Man in Black: 1954-1958. Because of this glut of product, it's easy to look at Time-Life's 2005 three-disc set, The Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958, and wonder if it's necessary, or just a quick cash-in tied into the release of the Joaquin Phoenix-starring 2005 biopic Walk the Line. After all, if you're nitpicking, this doesn't even contain the complete Sun recordings -- meaning that this doesn't contain all the alternate takes and false starts that are on the Bear Family box. But if you're looking for alternate takes -- or for that matter, the fly-on-the-wall fifth disc documenting a full recording session from The Man in Black -- you already have the Bear Family set in your library anyway and you wouldn't be interested in another complete Sun set unless it unearths forgotten recordings, which this does not. Instead, Time-Life's box does something useful: it presents one version of each of song Cash recorded at Sun in one convenient package. There are a handful of tracks that include false starts and, at times, undubbed masters are used, but if the hit version is better-known with overdubs -- as on "Guess Things Happen That Way" -- they wisely choose to use that instead. Consequently, this winds up as a useful, succinct summary of Cash's Sun recordings -- a package for the dedicated listener who doesn't need the alternate takes or the actual albums, but wants it all anyway. For that audience, this is an excellent choice.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
Label:
Time Life Records
UPC:
0610583174724
catalogNumber:
20803

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Charlie Rich   Piano
Jerry Lee Lewis   Piano
Don Carter   Vocals
Jack Clement   Acoustic Guitar
Marshall Grant   Bass,Interviewee
Luther Perkins   Guitar
Billy Lee Riley   Guitar
J.M. Van Eaton   Drums
Malcolm Yelvington   Vocals
Sid Manker   Guitar
Asa Wilkerson   Vocals
Lee Holt   Vocals
Jimmy Wilson   Piano
Bill Abbott   Vocals
Sara Bruce   Vocals
A.W. "Red" Kernodle   Steel Guitar
Jimmy Smith   Piano
Nita Smith   Vocals

Technical Credits

J. Scott Skinner   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer,Text
Jimmie Davis   Composer
David Booth   Interviewer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Peter Guralnick   Text
Hank Williams   Composer
Sam Phillips   Audio Production
Bill Flanagan   Text
Martin Hawkins   Interviewer
J. "Superslim" Lomax   Composer
Mike Jason   Liner Notes
J. Niles Clement   Composer
Ed Salamon   Text

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