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|1. Big River|
|2. I Still Miss Someone|
|3. Wreck Of The Old 97|
|4. I Walk The Line|
|5. Darlin' Companion|
|6. I Don't Know Where I'm Bound|
|7. Starkville City Jail|
|8. San Quentin|
|9. San Quentin|
|10. Wanted Man|
|11. A Boy Named Sue|
|12. (There'll Be) Peace In the Valley|
|13. Folsom Prison Blues|
|14. Ring Of Fire|
|15. He Turned The Water Into Wine|
|16. Daddy Sang Bass|
|17. The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago|
|18. Closing Medley: Folsom Prison Blues/I Walk The Line/Ring Of Fire/The Rebel - Johnny Yuma*|
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).Read more ›
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.
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!