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Complete Live at San Quentin [CASSETTE] Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio Cassette (4 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B00004U2GI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,482,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
It is hard to categorize Johnny Cash's music. Although Johnny Cash is often regarded as a country music artist, it needs to be said that about half of his chart music has been in the pop listings. "Johnny Cash At San Quentin" is The Man In Black at his best. Fully remastered, unedited and complete for the first time. Featuring 9 unreleased bonus tracks and a full colour booklet. The album features a wide range of different songs , from the hilarious "A Boy Named Sue" to the spiritual "Peace In The Valley". Many different feelings will flow through a person when listening to the different stories in each song and the way Johnny Cash interacts with the prison crowd. This album will appeal to almost anyone. "Johnny Cash at San Quentin" is a classic. An album that stood the test of time and will for many years to come. A must have!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 16 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
The 1969 live album "At San Quentin" is unquestionably the definitive recording of Johnny Cash during his "wild" years, although I have to admit a personal preference for the songs and performances captured the year before on "At Folsom Prison." That album had made Cash a recognizable star even to people who did not listen to Country music and "At San Quentin" catapulted him to the highest level as a recording artist. What remains constant is Cash's ability to feed off of his captive audience. When he plays to these prisoners you do not doubt for a second that he is one of them, a larger than life outlaw, even though the only time he spent behind bars was in a drunk tank. Cash is clearly on the edge as he rips his way through jailhouse ballads ("Starkville City Jail," "San Quentin"), rockabilly songs ("Big River"), and old hits ("I Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire"). But it is when Cash sings "A Boy Named Sue," a song written by Shel Silverstein, that he shows his absolutely mastery (the rest of us were just shocked by a hit record with a "bleep" on it).
This was a legendary album for decades and now this 2000 reissue literally doubles its length, from nine to eighteen tracks providing, as the cover proudly proclaims, the complete February 1969 concert. One of the "new" tracks is the other hit single that came off the album, "Daddy Sang Bass." But it is still totally amazing that you can take a definitive album by a major figure in modern American music and make it twice as long (imagine that being the case with any other great album from "Sgt. Pepper" to "Nevermind"; it blows your mind).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. G. Toyne on 10 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Most people know about this album and rightly so, as Cash really delivers somthing special here. Throughout the recording not only does Cash perform his songs exactly as you would expect but his personality really shines as he banters with the prison inmates. It is clear from this album alone why Johnny Cash was so popular with all sorts of people. In between songs he jokes around, tells brief stories and, most importantly, connects with his audience. You can tell he has their full support all the way as they cheer and clap during just about every song.
Standout songs are Boy Named Sue, Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, the Closing Medley and of course San Quentin. The latter song being performed twice in a row to the request of the inmates who immediately love the song. You can feel the prison guards anxiety as the song causes the inmates to get lively to the lyrics cursing everything about the walls that hold them in.
If you have never heard much Cash before then this isnt a bad place to start as it has a few of his more famous tracks. If you have not heard Cash playing live then this is the perfect place to start. For me this is better than Folsom Prison, thugh that is mainly due to tracklisting. I would think most people would like some aspect of this album, you dont have to be a fan of country music in general (I am not) and nor do you have to know much about Johnny Cash. You never know, if this is your first taste you may end up being a Johnny Cash fan for life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. WARE on 13 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you own Cash's other, famous prison album at Folsom Prison, then this is a must. It follows the same kind of atmosphere as that - electric, lively and enjoyable.
San Quentin might be more enjoyable to the newer Cash fan thanks to its inclusion of more well known songs like Walk The Line and Ring of Fire.
But what was slightly disappointing is that, although his wife, June Carter, was there, the country duo didn't do a duet. Not a big negative, but it would have made this album stellar if they did.
Instead, you get plenty of Cash at his humourous best. He interacts with the crowd - you can hear them request for songs, and he sings them off the cuff - and provides witty banter between songs.
He showcases a couple of new songs, most notable A boy Named Sue, and even sings a song that a prison inmate had written. He even performs the song San Quentin twice, because it was so good the first time, the crowd wanted it again! Also great is the band sing-a-long finale medley, that was different and entertaining.
Especially funny was when his guitar wasn't in tune, and because this is the complete live concert, we listened to him chat to the inmates while we waited for it to be re-tuned.
In fact, this CD is so immersive, that you feel like you were there, and have to try and stop yourself from applauding after every song!
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