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Johnny Cash: The Classics

Audio Samples

>I Walk the Line
>Ring of Fire
>Jackson - (featuring June Carter Cash)
>(Ghost) Riders in the Sky
>Thing Called Love, A
>Hey Porter
>Boy Named Sue, A
>Don't Take Your Guns to Town
>Daddy Sang Bass
>It Ain't Me, Babe - (featuring June Carter Cash)
>I Still Miss Someone
>Wanted Man
>Folsom Prison Blues
>Tennessee Flat-Top Box
>One Piece at a Time
>Orange Blossom Special
>San Quentin
>Girl from the North Country
>One on the Right Is on the Left, The
>Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
>If I Were a Carpenter
>There Ain't No Good Chain Gang
>Highwayman - (featuring Kris Kristofferson/Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson)
>Man In Black

Track List

>I Walk the Line
>Ring of Fire
>Jackson - (featuring June Carter Cash)
>(Ghost) Riders in the Sky
>Thing Called Love, A
>Hey Porter
>Boy Named Sue, A
>Don't Take Your Guns to Town
>Daddy Sang Bass
>It Ain't Me, Babe - (featuring June Carter Cash)
>I Still Miss Someone
>Wanted Man
>Folsom Prison Blues
>Tennessee Flat-Top Box
>One Piece at a Time
>Orange Blossom Special
>San Quentin
>Girl from the North Country
>One on the Right Is on the Left, The
>Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
>If I Were a Carpenter
>There Ain't No Good Chain Gang
>Highwayman - (featuring Kris Kristofferson/Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson)
>Man In Black

Album Notes

Photographer: Don Hunstein.

Narrowing Johnny Cash's body of recorded work -- the fruits of a career that spanned six decades -- down to 24 songs is a tall order, and even bringing together all his hits on one disc is hardly practical, but The Classics is certainly one of the better attempts to skim the cream from Cash's catalog. Sony has thankfully included a few of Cash's original Sun Records tracks from his earliest days as a recording artist, including "I Walk the Line" and "Hey Porter." And the samplings from his work for Columbia (his recording home from 1959 to 1986) cover major chart hits ("Ring of Fire," "A Boy Named Sue," "Man in Black"), collaborations with important artists ("Girl from the North Country" with Bob Dylan, "Highwayman" with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson), duets with June Carter Cash ("Jackson," "It Ain't Me, Babe"), some of his many prison songs ("Folsom Prison Blues," "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang," "San Quentin"), and even some numbers that reflect Cash's sense of humor ("One Piece at a Time," "The One on the Right Is on the Left"). While The Classics doesn't include any of Cash's late-period sides for Mercury or American Recordings, if you're any kind of Johnny Cash fan, you'll find something you'll enjoy on this collection, which truly does capture the country legend at his most iconic. ~ Mark Deming



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