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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 (21 Nov 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Island/American/Columbia/Legacy
  • ASIN: B000BW9UJY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Ring Of Fire (Album Version)Johnny Cash 2:35Album Only
Listen  2. I Walk The Line (Single Version)Johnny Cash 2:44Album Only
Listen  3. JacksonJune Carter 2:46Album Only
Listen  4. Folsom Prison BluesJohnny Cash 2:49Album Only
Listen  5. A Boy Named SueJohnny Cash 3:45Album Only
Listen  6. Big RiverJohnny Cash 2:31Album Only
Listen  7. Get RhythmJohnny Cash 2:13Album Only
Listen  8. Cry! Cry! Cry!Johnny Cash 2:24Album Only
Listen  9. Hey PorterJohnny Cash 2:12Album Only
Listen10. A Thing Called Love (Original Version)Johnny Cash 2:31Album Only
Listen11. Guess Things Happen That Way (1958 Single Version)Johnny Cash 1:50Album Only
Listen12. San Quentin (Live Version)Johnny Cash 3:05Album Only
Listen13. Man In Black (Single Version)Johnny Cash 2:52Album Only
Listen14. Highwayman (Album Version)Willie Nelson 3:03Album Only
Listen15. The Wanderer [feat. Johnny Cash]U2 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I've Been Everywhere (Album Version)Johnny Cash 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Rusty Cage (Album Version)Johnny Cash 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Personal Jesus (Album Version)Johnny Cash 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Give My Love To Rose (Album Version)Johnny Cash 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. One (Album Version)Johnny Cash 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Hurt (Album Version)Johnny Cash 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The first ever definitive best of Johnny Cash, covering his whole career over five decades. From modest country beginnings in the mid-'50s to his death in 2003, the Man In Black became a legend. One of those rare artists that transcended his chosen musical genre to be an icon for generations of musicians.

This album collects tracks from his early Sun Records days through to his defining era at Columbia Records to his last recordings, the famed and critically acclaimed American Recordings.
The packaging features comprehensive sleeve notes and biography from US music writer Rich Kienzle and exclusive photographs from throughout Cash's career.

BBC Review

The eagerly anticipated Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherpoon, needed a soundtrack. So someone had the unenviable task of condensing a five decade recording career into one teeny tiny album.

But the twenty-one tracks here paint a good picture of an artist who started his musical career rubbing shoulders with Elvis at Sun Studios, went rebel rousing in top security prisons, stood tall with his fellow Outlaws, and bowed out shortly after recording the deeply poignant "Hurt" on the American Recordings albums.

Long-time fans won't need this compilation; others will have 2002's excellent two-disc set Man In Black. But for those new to the man who defined American music with such humour, beauty and pain, this is a fine place to start. --Sue Keogh

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE on 2 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album could serve very easily as an introduction to Johnny Cash, far better than the same year's cringe-inducing (and cringe-inducingly titled) The Legend Lives On or the myriad repackaged Sun recordings. Gathering songs from Sun, Columbia, American and Mercury on one compilation, this disc covers all bases.

However, the only real problem - which to be fair is a bit of a big one - with this disc is its length. At just over an hour, this single-disc collection is a woeful under-representation of the fifty-year career of this legendary country star.

Luckily, this serves as an advantage in that there is not a single ounce of fat on this record; every song is utterly brilliant, despite the odd omission of anything from the first American album (1994). You get a sample of all stages of his career; the peerless title track's mariachi horns indicate his relationship with June Carter; 'Folsom Prison Blues,' one of his defining songs, resplendent in its classic Sun-records production, laden with echo; 'Highwayman,' his supergroup with Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson; the curio 'The Wanderer' (amusingly, one of two U2-penned songs on this Cash compilation) from that band's Zooropa album; and, of course, some fantastic songs from the American recordings.

While by no means the definitive Johnny Cash, this is a perfect way in for any budding Johnny Cash fan.
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Wine Geek on 13 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
Like many others, I only recently discovered Johnny Cash having seen the film "Walk the Line". Better late than never.
I can't remember the last time I listened with such undivided concentration to a CD. There's something about Johnny Cash's song-writing and his delivery that is just hypnotic. You find yourself really listening to the words. The cover versions of U2's One and Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus are among the best covers I've heard for any song in any style (and I'm a huge DM fan).
The last track, "Hurt", is one of the most beautiful songs ever written, recorded in Cash's home studio when he was already terminally ill. The frailty in his voice makes you realise that every word in the song is true.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a great place to start if you're new to Cash. You have all his early hits, as well as his later output, including some great covers (U2's One and soundgardens rusty cage). If you like this you can then move on to the prison albums and wherever else takes your fancy. You get a short essay in the booklet and you are told where each song came from so you can find specific albums to go deeper into this great music. well worth a try.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By N. J. Cooke on 9 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
A friend of mine had a fascination with Johnny cash and was always going on at me to give him a listen. I have always been into punk, indie or rock n roll bands such as the who and the jam.
After reading about Cash I decided it was time to buy a cd of his luckily this cd had just been realeased, so I listened and I am now sold Johnny Cash is an absolute genius, saw the walk the line film and have just purchased autobiography, I a now going to continue to buy his back catalogue. I have to say his cover of one by U2 is probably one of the best covers I have ever heard!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 68Dastardly VINE VOICE on 4 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
I watched `Walk the Line' the movie and thought Joaquin Phoenix gave a 5 Start performance in what was a dramatical insight into the troubled life of this legend. Johnny Cash's deep tones and narrative lyrics make this an album that I can't put down; truly brilliant!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By FERNANDO on 7 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD
I never looked the work of Johnny Cash with much attention.
Than I saw the movie 'Walk the line' and ... I got completely amazed with his attitude and songs.
After I heard this faboulous record and I can tell you, ... what an amazing record.
For me is a discovery. Thank's Mr. Cash. RIP
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Having watched a very good documentary on Johnny Cash recently, I decided to buy a best of compilation. There were a few to choose from and I finally settled on this collection and I think I made a good choice. There is a varied selection of recordings throughout his career and pretty much everything you would want is here although 'Orange Blossom Special' is missing and I would have left off 'I've Been Everywhere' in place of that.

Most of us are very familiar with his older classics and it is great to hear them again. It is his later recordings that are the most interesting as he covers artists like U2,Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode. 'Personal Jesus' is a curio and the tracks 'The Wanderer' and 'One' are excellent. His cover of 'Hurt' is quite simply fantastic. This is a varied and very well put together history of the songs of an artist who continues to be an influence today.

If you are going to buy one compilation album of Johnny Cash then this is the one I would recommend without question. Five stars for a five star legend.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Chris C on 5 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
As a nineteen year old guitarist I have listened to different types of guitar music, many of them punk, many of them rock n roll but one area I never touched untill recently is country. It's afterall one of those things that your old man listens to more often than your James Blunt records.
I came across Johnny Cash in a reviews section for this cd, and it stated this album is probably the best starting point for anyone new to his material. So basically Johnny Cash is my first country record, and when I bought I was suprisingly anxious to hear it.
The opening title track Ring of Fire I had already heard prior to purchasing this, and even as I play this now, it still remains classic as it is on the first listen. The compilation isn't set in chronological order unfortunately, but why complain when this is one of the greatest songwriters/guitar players I have heard in a long time.
Aside from great studio tunes like I Walk the Line, Cry! Cry! Cry! and the appropriately titled Man in Black, there is also two cuts from his live San Quentin album. A Boy Named Sue is very tongue in cheek whilst San Quentin certainly pushes the jolly notes on the prisoners he played this for.
I would recommend this to anyone that's new to country music, Johnny Cash is a great songwriter, a wonderful guitarist and a legend in his own right. I might consider reading his biography and watching Walk The Line.
Oh, don't forget to check out his cover songs, just proves he was willing to try anything. Just think a man with a guitar dressed in black and he's a legend, doesn't that make you want to pick up a guitar and start your own band. :-)
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