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  • Audio CD (11 Feb. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Universal Music
  • ASIN: B000088E5M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I thought I owned every Johnny Cash album available, but this one escaped me. I had read of it in one of the many Cash biographies and coffee table books about him. In one of them he said that this was one of his favorites. I ordered it from Amazon and was pleasantly surprised.
All the selections have a real "fat" sound of both background voices and instrumentation; Cash's voice is in rare form. The material is excellent, and, as far as I am concerned, Beans For Breakfast alone is worth the price of the CD.
I might be wrong, but I suspect that this disc was recorded maybe 20 years ago, and was either unissued then, or issued in small quantities.
Anyway, if you're a fan, you'll love this album
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This was Johnny's 4th album for Mercury - as far as I recall - after 28 years or so with Columbia, and has been very much overlooked. Can't claim to be one of his greatest fans, but this is definitely one of my own favourites. At the time of its release in 1991, Johnny was out of favour with the movers and shakers in Nashville, and consequently the album got little airplay, peaking at about 70 in the country charts. Which is a great shame, because the album has a bright sound, produced by Cowboy Jack Clements, and is full of excellent material. JC really was in good voice, backed up by a stellar bunch of pickers and singers. The opening track is of course about the original superstar JC. There is also some great chick-a-boom guitar from Marty Stuart on, for example, the re-cut of 'Hey, Porter', and it is so good to hear the great Tom T. Hall singing along with Johnny on Tom T.'s own 'I'll Go Somewhere And Sing My Songs Again', with some nice steel guitar from Lloyd Green. 'Wanted Man' attributed to JC and Dylan is another good 'un. If Johnny's later stuff with Rick Rubin got you into his music, please give this one an airing. You will not be disappointed.
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The late great JC with a much overlooked classic album from his much overlooked time at Mercury. Great songs and the Jack Clements production is just right. 9/10. Rock and Rollin' country.
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Being a lifelong Presley and Rock n Roll fan Johnny Cash has always been sort of on my radar. I had his Sun sides and liked a lot of the hit and well known tracks but was never what you would call a big fan. I liked his songs but often felt his vocal paled in comparison to Presley, Orbison or even Jerry Lee. the first of the Rick Rubin American Recordings got me back into Johnny and I picked up this CD only recently along with a couple of the prison live albums. I have to say that this CD has changed my opinion on his vocal abilities and considering this was cut when he was passed 50 (I think) he sounds in remarkable form and there are a number of great tracks. Beans For Breakfast shows his range beyond that of any track I can recall in his career and is a standout with a lot of humour but the whole album has a class and richness that is worth repeated listening. It was a hint of what was to come at American and works now as a step back to show that he always had that special talent and had lost none of his fire and humour. I have since bought other Mercury recordings from the same period and his re-working of the Sun tracks are good to my ears. On the Mystery cd there is a great re-cut of Hey Porter. Buy this cd you won't be disappointed
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