Much anthologized and never wearing out his welcome, Johnny Cash returns on disc via a spectacular four-CD box set that justifies the title The Legend. Not that there's anything startlingly new here -- although there are a handful of previously unreleased tracks. Rather, it's the sheer depth and breadth of the musical legacy that's so gripping, no matter how many times the songs have been heard before. In this particular conceit, the four discs are arranged thematically. The first is subtitled Win, Place and Show -- The Hits, with selections including the timeless "I Walk the Line", several choice Sun tracks (such as the too-seldom-anthologized gem "Home of the Blues"), and an overview of Columbia smashes: Carl Perkins's still-stirring "Daddy Sang Bass"; "Ring of Fire"; "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," evidence of the Man in Black's growing social conscience; and achingly beautiful love songs on the order of "Flesh and Blood." Discs 2 and 3 follow this format, offering a sampling of Sun and Columbia sides appropriate to their respective themes. Old Favorites and New ranges from "Hey Porter" to Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman," while The Great American Songbook is not represented by Gershwin and Johnny Mercer but rather by the likes of Leadbelly ("Rock Island Line"), Jimmie Rodgers ("In the Jailhouse Now"), and Hank Williams ("I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"). Disc 4, Family and Friends, finds Cash teaming with the Carter Family, Bob Dylan, his daughter Rosanne (on the stunning "September When It Comes"), and A. P. Carter's daughter Janette on the wrenchingly beautiful hymn to Mother Maybelle Carter, "Tears on the Holston River." Cash spent the entirety of his career singing the great American songbook of the common people, and The Legend is a powerful chronicle of that momentous undertaking.
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More than 1 year ago
My husband's a forever 'Cash' fan - we have his music in every form, 45s, albums, cassettes, cds (even 8-tracks!) Saw the cash family & friends on Larry King... quickly went on line and order the LEGEND package. It is wonderful - it's all there. I occasionally 'borrow' one of the LEGEND cd's and play during housework. Not long before I just sit & listen not much longer before there's a tear down my cheek. It is truly a PKG SET well worth the money. Not just Cash but, the Carters, Waylon, Willie, even Bob Dillon - and the hundreds of other's 'living' in this set. If you're a country/'Cash' fan, buy it! you will not be disappointed. It covers the whole spectrum of 'Cash'in outstanding quality. And, if you've got friend or family member who's a Cash fan - BUY IT -it will be the best gift THEY every get. 'five stars' count 'em!
More than 1 year ago
I'ma anew Cash fan since I watched the movie "walk the line". This is great because it compiles all his greatest hits!!!!