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Johnny Cash: Bootleg, Vol. 3: Live Around the World

Track List

>So Doggone Lonesome
>I Walk the Line
>Get Rhythm
>Country Boy - (previously unreleased)
>I Still Miss Someone - (previously unreleased)
>Cotton Fields - (previously unreleased)
>I Walk the Line - (previously unreleased)
>Perkins Boogie - (previously unreleased)
>Impersonations - (previously unreleased)
>Rock Island Line - (previously unreleased)
>Rebel -- Johnny Yuma, The - (previously unreleased)
>Big River
>Folsom Prison Blues
>I Still Miss Someone
>Rock Island Line
>Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
>I Walk the Line
>Ballad of Ira Hayes
>Keep on the Sunny Side
>Big River - (previously unreleased)
>Wreck of the Old '97 - (previously unreleased)
>Tennessee Flat Top Box - (previously unreleased)
>Remember the Alamo - (previously unreleased)
>Cocaine Blues - (previously unreleased)
>Jackson - (previously unreleased)
>Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man - (previously unreleased)
>Ring of Fire - (previously unreleased)
>Daddy Sang Bass - (previously unreleased)
>Introduction - (previously unreleased)
>Boy Named Sue, A - (previously unreleased)
>Five Feet High and Rising - (previously unreleased)
>Pickin' Time - (previously unreleased)
>Wreck of the Old '97 - (previously unreleased)
>Lumberjack - (previously unreleased)
>Jesus Was a Carpenter - (previously unreleased)
>What Is Truth - (previously unreleased)
>(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me) - (previously unreleased)
>He Turned the Water Into Wine - (previously unreleased)
>Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) - (previously unreleased)
>Daddy Sang Bass - (previously unreleased)
>Old Account, The - (previously unreleased)
>Sunday Morning Comin' Down
>Prisoner's Song, The
>That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine
>City of New Orleans - (previously unreleased)
>Ragged Old Flat - (previously unreleased)
>One Piece at a Time - (previously unreleased)
>Hey Porter - (previously unreleased)
>There You Go - (previously unreleased)
>Give My Love to Rose - (previously unreleased)
>(Ghost) Rider in the Sky - (previously unreleased)
>I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal - (previously unreleased)

Album Reviews:

Record Collector (magazine) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The Washington show is an especially joyous occasion....Cash strums his way into America's culture and history, the collection also featuring his contribution to 1964's Newport Folk Festival..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Robert Johnson Lee , Joe Lee (programming).

Audio Mixers: Robert Johnson Lee ; Joe Lee .

Liner Note Author: Dave Marsh .

Editors: Robert Johnson Lee ; Joe Lee .

Photographers: Don Hunstein; Sandy Speiser; John Hamilton; JT Phillips; Leon Kagarise.

You've got to be a Johnny Cash fan to truly appreciate what's happening on the third volume in Legacy's Bootleg series Live Around the World. This double-disc collection contains 53 tracks culled from 23 years, 1956 to 1979. The heart of its performances are from the Newport Folk Festival in 1964; a show for the troops in Long Binh, Vietnam in 1969; for Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970, and at the Osteraker Prison in Sweden in 1972. The sound varies in quality but the selection is stellar. The disc starts with songs from his earliest days at the Big "D" Jamboree in Dallas (with the Perkins Brothers), with Cash playing early versions of "I Walk the Line" and "Get Rhythm." The nervousness in the former tune is notable: Cash hums between verses to make sure he's on pitch. Three years later, he was imbuing his song choices with authority, even as he presented himself with humility to his audience. His version of "Cotton Fields" sounds like the taste of bitter memory more than of longing nostalgia. From the Newport gig (introduced by Pete Seeger), Cash is without drums but has plenty of electric guitar. The version of "Folsom Prison Blues" is one of the best on record. Cash introduces "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" with a hearty endorsement of Bob Dylan. The Vietnam show is all audience requests, performed when Cash had pneumonia. There are killer renditions of "Cocaine Blues," and "Jackson" in duet with with June Carter Cash. Disc two begins with a long, patronizing introduction by Nixon. Cash rises to the occasion without condescending to the audience by playing his then-current hit ("A Boy Named Sue"), his own "Five Feet High and Risin'," and Leon Payne's "Lumberjack" before launching into a set of country-gospel tunes backed by his band, the Carter Family, and the Statler Brothers. The prison gig in Sweden has him delivering a knock-out, uptempo take of Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Comin' Down" and a devastating read of the traditional "The Prisoner's Song," with a moving spoken intro. Playing Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans" for a Columbia Records' convention, and the closing, honky tonk, piano-driven read of Billy Joe Shaver's "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal," from the Nashville Inn in 1979, underscore who and what Cash is: a free and egalitarian citizen and keeper of American song's flame. From folk to country, from past to present, his complex persona exemplifies his rare ability to stand and deliver to every audience, not only in the way they wanted him to but also, perhaps, in the way the needed him to. Bootleg, Vol. 3 showcases what we already know (intellectually, at least) about Cash in a very emotional and visceral way. ~ Thom Jurek


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