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The Essential Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash’s legend has only grown since his passing in 2003. Long before his death, his life had become mythic in scope; a voice of integrity and conscience, he bridged the country and rock worlds, sang to presidents and prisoners, and inspired generations, and The Essential Johnny Cash goes a long way towards sorting out his achievements. From the start, Cash’s grave baritone implied struggle and resolve, lending gravity to whatever he attempted. “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire” touch the extremes of devotion and temptation; “Man in Black” and “Song of the Patriot” express America’s disappointment and promise. As his career progressed, Cash strived to cross boundaries between genres and age groups, turning Bob Dylan tunes like “It Ain’t Me Babe” into unlikely country hits and teaming up with U2 for 1993’s “The Wanderer.” The tracks in this anthology capture his abiding faith (“Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”), moral courage (“The Ballad of Ira Hayes”), and folksy humor (“Jackson,” “A Boy Named Sue”). The inclusion of tracks from his celebrated American Recordings series would’ve made this package complete. Even so, this well-selected anthology does right by the Man in Black’s memory.

Customer Reviews

censors should be destroyed

johnny cash is an amazing musician and his songs aint the same without explicit language who agrees with me

CENSORED!!!!

can't believe this album is censored. otherwise great collection of songs.

All songs should be untouched

As usual I failed to read.....Boy named Sue is EDITED don't waste your money!

Biography

Born: February 26, 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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