- Audio CD (3 Dec. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 63
- Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
- Label: Sony Music CMG
- ASIN: B008DDC874
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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The Complete Columbia Collection Box set, Original recording remastered
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A 63 disc box-set containing 59 albums from 'The Man in Black', covering his Columbia years from 1958-1990 plus three bonus discs. The CDs are packaged as mini replicas of the LPs with their original artwork.
Please note that there is a possibility that disc 57 will not play on some PCs, only in a CD player.
Top Customer Reviews
Let me start with the package. Sturdy box, rather dull artwork and with a flip lid. I prefer lids you can remove rather than hinged ones, the latter can wear out over the years. Also sturdy slipcases for the CDs: again I don't like these as there is a risk of scuffing the CD playing surface although I have extracted each disc with care. A magnifying glass is needed to read the liner notes for each album. Perhaps the 197 page booklet could have been a hardback rather than a paperback. Solution to the 'packaging problem': buy 2 Really Useful 6.5L boxes [Staples sell them]: they will comfortably take the the empty box and each disc in a slimline jewelcase [Tesco] with its associated sleeve. Packaging: 8.5/10.
Now to the guts. Is it what it says it is: 'Complete [original only] Columbia Albums': ehmm, probably. Why the hesitancy? I wonder whether 2 truly qualify: 'Keep on the sunny side' [disc #11] is really a Carter Family release with JC included as a 'special guest'. 'Koncert V Praze' [#55] was a release on the Supraphon label in Czechoslovakia, so was it a 'Columbia album'? Anyway, who really cares: both are included. More contentious are the omissions. Towards the end of 1960 JC recorded a narration 'A day in the Grand Canyon' included in an album 'Grand Canyon Suite' by the renowned conductor Andre Kostelanetz. JC's contribution was a single 11 minute track but deemed important enough for the album sleeve to give his name prominence. If the Carters album qualified so perhaps should this one.Read more ›
So apart from the Sun releases, which are widely available, five albums on Mercury Records and the iconic American albums produced by Rick Rubin, this is pretty much the core of Johnny Cash's work.
The variety of Cash's output is may be surprising to some. It was Bruce Springsteen who pointed out how much humour Cash brought to his music and, for those used to his sombre Man in Black image, the presence of the comedy album Everybody loves a Nut may paint him in a different light. It's hard to think of another main stream singer who has released a comedy album.
In fact, it's hard to think of any entertainer whose work has been so varied.There are gospel albums, Christmas albums, a childrens' album, soundtrack albums from a couple of movies, including The Gospel Road which Cash produced in The Holy Land, two Highwayman albums, a collaboration with Sun survivors Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, a concert from a Swedish Prison and duet albums with June Carter. There are also two CDs of the singles Cash released on Columbia, plus Cash's guest appearances on other artist's albums
Most rewarding, in many ways, are the Americana albums from the sixties. If the biopic "Walk the Line" had a fault it was in portraying Cash as a self-destructive rockabilly singer with a one-track obsession with June Carter. In fact, Cash was incredibly hard-working and creative throughout the decade, researching folk and cowboy culture for a series of astonishing concept albums such as Ride this Train, Blood Sweat and Tears and Ballads of the True West.Read more ›
The contents in this box prove that Johnny Cash was one of the greatest ever figures in popular music. This set not only shows Johnny's ability to make you laugh, cry and most important of all think. It is also a chronicle of some of the finest songwriters of the 20th century himself included.
Like Hank Williams and Elvis Presley Johnny Cash's legacy will be eternal. I am just going to look at google maps to see if there is a mountain I can carve those faces into.
Make no mistake this is a fine box set thank you Sony for getting it right.
My vynal collection were showing the signs of use and really needed replacing.
This was the ideal solution. A great product at a fair price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has to be said that the best of Cash's work was his early years both in Sun and his 1960s at Columbia. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2013 by Soundbyte
Really good. My husband really loved the birthday present as he is a true Johnny Cash fan though not sure when he will have time to listen to 63 CD's.Published on 19 Aug. 2013 by Mrs Elizabeth Evans
Having been an avid fan of Johnny Cash since my teens (now in late 50's) I was really looking forward to getting all of my Columbia vinyls on CD in this box set. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2013 by Ruth
one of my mates got me to get this for him.he's raving about it.looked pretty good to me.plus he made a big saving on it against retail shop's
i got this box set for my self the best bye by a long shot if you love johnny cash you love this 100 out of 100 for mePublished on 5 Jan. 2013 by jonathon
Every LP Johnny recorded for CBS is in this huge collection in handy CD format at last. Some, of course, particularly the older releases, have been available for a long time, but... Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2012 by Mr. D. Wyatt
I have liked Johnny cash for years but didn't know where to start with buying his music, nor did I have the spare cash to go out and buy everything, then along came this box set. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2012 by Bob Landy