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At Folsom Prison Live


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Beginning his career as an outlaw to the Nashville establishment, Johnny Cash has come to define country music over the last 40 years. At first, his unique mix of hillbilly music with gospel and blues made him a perfect fit at Sam Phillips' Sun records, where he recorded such classics as "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk The Line." From there, Johnny signed with ... Read more in Amazon's Johnny Cash Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00002DEUE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,613 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Folsom Prison Blues
2. Busted
3. Dark As The Dungeon
4. I Still Miss Someone
5. Cocaine Blues
6. 25 Minutes To Go
7. Orange Blossom Special
8. The Long Black Veil
9. Send A Picture Of Mother
10. The Wall
11. Dirty Old Egg-Suckin' Dog
12. Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart
13. Joe Bean
14. Jackson
15. Give My Love To Rose
16. I Got Stripes
17. The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer
18. "Green, Green Grass Of Home"
19. Greystone Chapel

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Johnny Cash had been breaking new ground for a decade when At Folsom Prison suddenly made the world at large take notice. The interaction of a volatile prison population starved for entertainment and a desperately on-form Johnny Cash was electrifying. His sombre machismo finally found a home. The songs, which included every prison song Cash knew ("I Got Stripes", "The Wall", "25 Minutes to Go", "Cocaine Blues", plus his own "Folsom Prison Blues") were tailored to galvanise the crowd. This set is all about atmosphere. Live at the Grand Ole Opry this is not. The 1999 version drops the San Quentin portion of the original CD reissue, instead adding three cuts to complete the full and uncensored Folsom show. --Colin Escott

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. WARE on 3 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The atmosphere of this live concert from Folsom Prison is electric. The inmate crowd are full of life, energy and buzz.
Generally, it is annoying when songs get interrupted, but here, where nearly every otehr song has an interruption of some sort, they are welcome. Cash's interaction with the crowd, his responses to their shouts mid-song, and humourous remarks are really what make this album great.
There are even interruptions from the prison tannoy system, barking out prisoner numbers and telling them to go to reception. This gives it a stark reality.
Fortunately, you also get some of the best Johnny Cash songs as well! It would obviously start with Folsom Prison Blues, but others like 25 minutes to go, cocaine blues, and Orange Blossom Special are incredibly good. Recorded in a prison seem to give Cash's songs more meaning.
It's also great to have June Carter pop in for a couple of songs, including Jackson, and it's great to hear her voice when she arrives.
Greystone Chapel is the last song on this album, and this performance was the first time it had ever been sung by Cash for a recording...history in the making!
Not only is this the best Johnny Cash album ever, it is one of the best albums ever created. Fun, meaningful, sad, exciting, buzzing, this is what a live album is all about.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. Witcombe on 30 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
As a teenager, it was a bit of a social blunder to admit to liking Johnny Cash, but his music has always fascinated me- and judging by how many of my peers now express a deep-set love of his work, the converts well outnumber the cynics. Glancing over J.C.'s extensive back catalogue, it's hard to a find a more fitting tribute to one of the best artists of our time than 'At Folsom Prison'.

'At Folsom Prison' was my first Johnny Cash record, and I can think of no better introduction to his work. The style and content of the songs are varied, yet they incorporate themes both fitting to the venue and the body of work completed to that date (Johnny Cash was to write many more classic songs after 1968!).

'At Folsom Prison' is one of the few live albums that feels free of either novelty and blandness, yet gives a brilliant picture of the artist. You'll find the crowds almost threateningly receptive to lines such as 'I shot a man in Reno/ just to watch him die', contrasted by ironic prison humour ('25 Minutes to go') and brilliantly tongue-in-cheek love songs ('Flushed...'). The recording is remarkably atmospheric and clear, drawing you into the performance and giving real poignancy to Cash's laconic observations on prison (and American) life.

There is not a single track that feels out of place or inappropriate. For example- far from detracting from the original recording, the bonus tracks add a deal of variety and structure to the album; particularly 'Busted' and 'John Henry' (watch out for the 'dirty minds' comment!). And the rest is as startling as it was upon first release; as such, standout tracks tend to occur when the audience is at their most captivated- the opening 'Folsom Prison Blues' and the dysfunctional, jaunty 'Cocaine Blues'.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 20 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've never been into Johnny Cash, it was the movie Walk The Line that got me interested in this man, this myth, this legend. So far I have a number of his works now on CD but this is by far the BEST album I have of his, and my collection!

Never has a live recording been so full of passion, raw music and attitude from both the artist, the band and the audience.

Cash will hold you with his electric renditions of songs with the band and his wife-to-be sounding fine, June Carter. PLEASE buy this album for a taste of true rock and roll, true country and true music at it's best with Johnny Cash. You will feel like you're there with the man. You WILL laugh, smile, tap your feet and feel strong emotion from all songs. Priceless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. D. Elston on 16 Dec 2009
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This is probably Johnny Cash's most famous recording, an amazing performance made against the advice of his record company, after his comeback from near-suicide and his recovery from addiction (would he have made it without his faith and the love of June Carter and her family?). Raw, genuine, full of great songs, humour and grit, his voice getting back to its best, this live performance sums up everything that was heroic about Johnny Cash.
I discovered Johnny Cash, about 1964 when I was a young teenager, when I found his single "Ring of Fire", unbelievably, in a remaindered box of singles for sale at 1/6d each. I'd never heard of him, but the moment I heard the song, I had to know more. I saved up to buy his latest album, "Blood, Sweat and Tears", and have never looked back. I was a fan.
Of course, I've had the record "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" a long time. First the LP, later the CD. Delighted to find the Legacy edition, containing the full recordings of both concerts, on Amazon, it was a must-buy. With the previously unissued tracks from the first concert, and the whole of the repeat afternoon concert (which includes a classic performance of "Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man" with June Carter -- worth buying just for that), these recordings are a piece of history everyone who even just likes Johnny Cash should own.
The DVD contains a documentary, recently seen on TV, looking back at the concert and full of illuminating interviews. Sadly, no film of the concert was made (unlike its sister "At San Quentin", recorded for British TV), but there's lots on this DVD to savour.
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