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At Folsom Prison/at San Quenti [CASSETTE]

Johnny Cash Audio Cassette
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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 Cassette (7 July 1987)
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B000002550
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

1. Folsom Prison Blues
2. Dark as a Dungeon
3. I Still Miss Someone
4. Cocaine Blues
5. 25 Minutes to Go
6. Orange Blossom Special
7. Long Black Veil
8. Send a Picture of Mother
9. Wall
10. Dirty Old Egg Sucking Dog
11. Flushed from the Bathroom of Your Heart
12. Jackson - Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash
13. Give My Love to Rose - Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash
14. I Got Stripes
15. Green, Green Grass of Home
16. Greystone Chapel
17. Wanted Man
18. Wreck of the Old '97
19. I Walk the Line
20. Darlin' Companion
See all 25 tracks on this disc

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Essential! 27 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
These two albums, Johnny Cash "At Folsom Prison" and "At San Quentin" are essential components of any music collection and it's great to have the complete albums together in a 2-disc package.
"At Folsom Prison" is the more raw of the two and "At San Quentin" more polished. Both together are two of the best live albums ever created.
In "Folsom", Johnny Cash is completely relaxed and on form, joking with the inmates between and even during songs, singing angry prison songs ("Cocaine Blues" with its line "I can't forget the day I shot that bad b**tch down!"), humorous faux-love songs ("Flushed From the Bathroom of Your Heart"), old folk songs ("Dark as the Dungeon", "Legend of John Henry's Hammer") plus his own classics ("Folsom Prison Blues", "I Still Miss Someone" and "Jackson" in an absolutely blistering duet with soon-to-be wife June Carter). It's a brilliant album that truly showcases Johnny Cash's talents, his charismatic personality and his connection with this audience of convicted felons.
"At San Quentin" is more polished while at the same time less relaxed than "Folsom". San Quentin itself is a tougher prison with more serious offenders. Johnny Cash and others who were there later said the atmosphere was unusually tense and menacing that day. Guards armed with machine guns were pacing catwalks above the prisoners. Cash had to walk a tightrope of emotions with his audience. Playing the new song "San Quentin", which he plays twice at the request of the crowd ("San Quentin, may you rot and burn in hell..."), sends the prisoners into a frenzy and Cash later noted that all he would have had to do at that point was yell "Break!
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On January 13th 1968 Johnny Cash and his roadshow played at Folsom Prison for the fourth time. Although they had been playing at prisons for around a decade, this was the first Johnny Cash concert that his record company had recorded with a view to releasing a live album. Cash had been hassling his record company for six years until they relented and he was vindicated when the single "Folsom Prison Blues" lifted from the LP released that same year was a top ten hit and the album became his best selling record thus far. He had no trouble convincing the suits that he should follow this up with another live prison recording and his San Quentin gig recorded on February 24th 1969 was duly released that year. This went on to sell even more than the Folsom LP - helped, no doubt, by the included hit single "A Boy Named Sue". This all happened eight years before punk rock, so Cash's mainstream success with these records is surprising because this was (is) raw stuff. Personally, I mostly prefer the live versions on these albums rather than the studio recorded versions. They appeal to the ageing punk rocker in me and Cash seems to relish the freedom from the corporate recording machine and it's insistence on adding cheesy backings to his songs. The recording quality on both albums is as good as you can expect and the occasional fluffed lyric and in-between song banter only adds to the live experience. The Folsom set even has a couple of announcements made over the Tannoy letting some inmates know that they have visitors waiting! (Someone's wife had unfortunate timing - imagine: "Honey, you're making me miss an historic gig, here!"). Read more ›
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The recent film Walk The Line tells the story. After years of pill popping and declining sales, a newly clean Johnny Cash plans his comeback. Rather than making a new record with contemporary late 60s influences as his record company wish, Johnny resolutely decides to record a live album at the notorious Folsom Prison with his classic sound. As usual, the artist is right and, aided by Cash's deep resonance with the plight of the inmates, Folsom Prison is a massive, career reviving success. A few months later a second equally successful live album from San Quentin jail is recorded and released. This brilliant package collects together the full concerts of both performances and is enhanced further by extensive liner notes.

A major theme of the songs performed at both concerts is the plight of the blue-collar man who has fallen on to the wrong side of the law, sometimes but not always under circumstances beyond his control. Not surprisingly, the prison audience relate well to such sentiments yet it is Cash's between song banter and the sense that he has been there which strike the biggest artist-audience bond. Only Bruce Springsteen and Christy Moore come close in displaying such genuine empathy with the working man.

Despite the albums being recorded only months apart, there is virtually no track overlap and highlights a plenty. The Folsom Prison LP begins appropriately enough with Folsom Prison Blues with other highpoints including the intense 25 Minutes To Go, Orange Blossom Special and a duet of the brilliant Jackson with Cash's soon to be wife June Carter. There is also welcome humour with the daft Dirty Old Egg Suckin' Dog and increasingly ridiculous metaphors of Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars folsom san quentin
if you like johnny cash you will like this some very good tracks for me johnny can not do wrong
Published 3 months ago by maxi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great double CD collection
I'd never heard the full albums before but they're both great although San Quentin is slightly better as some of the songs are more well known. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Crazy Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Cash remastered
Excellent remastering of some of the best of country music I have heard, thoroughly recommend this for any lover of music whether country lover or not.
Published 4 months ago by Simon Shore
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Great Albums
I have both these albums on vinyl but had so many clicks and pops when I tried to "rip" them to a digital format, I decided to just buy the CDs. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars remaster is good
As it should be a good Jonny Cash recording with atmosphere and content - the man has a definite art of capturing his audiences.
Published 4 months ago by Rod H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Johnny Cash album
If you like Johnny Cash this is a must have album, not only for the music but the whole atmosphere of the concerts.
Published 7 months ago by Chris E
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a converted fan absolutely brilliant.
I been listening to a few Johnny Cash tracks online and was looking for something which captured some of his best work, plus i'm a big fan of acoustic session by other artists. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Steven Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Being a Johnny Cash fan the cd lived up to and more expected .I loved the way it is compiled as a said brilliant.
Published 15 months ago by DENNIS
5.0 out of 5 stars good buy
i bought this two cd set to replace two LP's i have had for over 40 years .now can listen without pops and scratches
Published 16 months ago by Buffalo Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for my husband
I bought this as a present for my husband. He really started to like Johnny Cash after watching the film, Walk the Line.
Published 16 months ago by christina Dyhouse
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