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Johnny Cash: The Hits

Johnny Cash

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Album Review

Even before his passing in 2003, there was already an enormous amount of Johnny Cash compilations in circulation, and the amount of new releases only intensified afterward. Case in point, the 2005 double-disc set Johnny Cash Collection. The 25-track audio portion is quite a dandy, as quite a few early Cash classics are represented, including "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Big River," "Hey Porter," and "Get Rhythm." It is this early era of Cash's recording career that many longtime fans point to as his finest, as "the Man in Black" played a major part in popularizing rockabilly — a style that managed to combine both country and rock & roll. But this certainly isn't a career-encompassing collection, especially when such renowned tracks as "Ring of Fire" and "Boy Named Sue" aren't included. With a wide variety of better-assembled Cash collections already out there, Johnny Cash Collection isn't the best, but certainly not the worst, either. [Madacy released the CD in 2005.]

Biography

Born: 26 February 1932 in Kingsland, AR

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Johnny Cash was one of the most imposing and influential figures in post-World War II country music. With his deep, resonant baritone and spare percussive guitar, he had a basic, distinctive sound. Cash didn't sound like Nashville, nor did he sound like honky tonk or rock & roll. He created his own subgenre, falling halfway between the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock & roll, and the world-weariness of country. Cash's career coincided with the birth of rock &...
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