Legend of Johnny Cash

Performers Johnny Cash

Hip-O | October 25, 2005 | Compact Disc

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Not to be confused with the LEGEND box set released around the same time in 2005, THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH is the first single-disc compilation to span the country icon's entire recorded career. Although whittling Cash's massive catalogue down to a single disc is virtually futile, the Hip-O label has done an admirable job, resulting in a well-chosen 21-track history of the late Man in Black.
THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH begins with the singer/songwriter's initial 1950s studio sessions for the revered Sun Records--"Cry! Cry! Cry!" and "Hey Porter"--which confidently introduced the world to Cash's distinctive deep vocals and spare, "boom-chicka-boom" sound. While other career-defining Sun singles are present (most notably, "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk the Line"), Cash's decades with Columbia and his brief stint with Mercury are quickly skimmed over in favor of the numerous tracks from his lauded '90s/'00s American recordings. Stand-outs from that era include his haunting reworking of "Delia's Gone," the swaggering "I've Been Everywhere," and his minimal take on "The Man Comes Around." Though longtime Cash fans will already own most of this material, the collection works wonderfully as a concise introduction to his near-mythic career.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 25, 2005

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Country

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2005

Label Name: Hip-O

UPC: 602498843406

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Legend of Johnny Cash

Legend of Johnny Cash

Performers Johnny Cash

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: October 25, 2005

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Country

Number of Discs: 1

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2005

Label Name: Hip-O

UPC: 602498843406


Title Track Time
1.Cry! Cry! Cry! --
2.Hey Porter --
3.Folsom Prison Blues --
4.I Walk The Line --
5.Get Rhythm --
6.Big River --
7.Guess Things Happen That Way --
8.Ring Of Fire --
9.Jackson - (with June Carter) --
10.Boy Named Sue, A - (live) --
11.Sunday Morning Coming Down --
12.Man In Black --
13.One Piece At A Time --
14.Highwayman - (with Waylon Jennings/Kris Kristofferson) --
15.Wanderer, The - (with U2) --
16.Delia's Gone --
17.Rusty Cage --
18.I've Been Everywhere --
19.Give My Love To You --
20.Man Comes Around, The - (early take) --
21.Hurt --

Editorial Notes

Not to be confused with the LEGEND box set released around the same time in 2005, THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH is the first single-disc compilation to span the country icon's entire recorded career. Although whittling Cash's massive catalogue down to a single disc is virtually futile, the Hip-O label has done an admirable job, resulting in a well-chosen 21-track history of the late Man in Black.
THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH begins with the singer/songwriter's initial 1950s studio sessions for the revered Sun Records--"Cry! Cry! Cry!" and "Hey Porter"--which confidently introduced the world to Cash's distinctive deep vocals and spare, "boom-chicka-boom" sound. While other career-defining Sun singles are present (most notably, "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk the Line"), Cash's decades with Columbia and his brief stint with Mercury are quickly skimmed over in favor of the numerous tracks from his lauded '90s/'00s American recordings. Stand-outs from that era include his haunting reworking of "Delia's Gone," the swaggering "I've Been Everywhere," and his minimal take on "The Man Comes Around." Though longtime Cash fans will already own most of this material, the collection works wonderfully as a concise introduction to his near-mythic career.
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