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Sings Ballads of True West [Import]

Johnny Cash Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (13 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Japan
  • ASIN: B000EGCZPS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,711,445 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I had these ballads when they were originally released on vinyl LP's and it's good to have them on CD. Wheras JC explored a different storytelling landscape to that, say, of Marty Robbins (I wish JC had covered a few MR songs), this is still a good collection of both traditional and modern songs about life in the early days of America.
JC's voice is strong and fits well with the darkness of many of the songs. Despite his undoubted abilities as a writer of both good tunes and lyrics, it's very good to hear him sing so many songs from other sources and to fit them into the context of what was to later become known as a 'concept' album.
But as for the cover - don't look too closely or else you'll find yourself looking into the ravaged face of a man who at that time was walking a very fine line indeed between life and death; sanity and depression; hope and despair.
But maybe, after all, that's entirely appropriate in the context of the themes that underlie so many of these songs?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Released in 1965 just after the popular `Orange Blossom Special', comes a very differently toned album Johnny Cash. Orange Blossom Special seemed to be designed as an overt attempt at popularity, and following this Cash decided to do something more personal, more meaningful to him. And this gem of an album resulted.

Following in the template of previous albums such as `Ride This Train', Cash turns story teller once again, to tell tales of the Old West as it really was. Using a set of original songs and a well chosen set of covers, he uses his entrancing voice to weave images of life as it was, and to tell the stories of events that really happened.

Cash was going through a rough time in his life, and, as with many of his albums, there is a pre-occupation with death preset. There are tales of hangings, gunfights, murder. Cash wisely lightens the mood with morbidly fun songs such as Sam Hall or 25 minutes to go, making this an enjoyable album to listen to. Cash seems to have been particularly inspired when he recorded this, and it comes through clearly.

In short, a highly atmospheric album with Cash's voice drawing you into his vision of the old West, with brief leavenings of humour. It's an excellently done piece, and deserves a place in anyone's record collection.

This 2002 re-issue comes with 2 bonus tracks that add to the set. There are some interesting liner notes. The sound has been nicely remastered, and it sounds very fresh on my stereo. This classic album has been treated with respect by Sony, and this release gets 5 stars from me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album 10 Sep 2010
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Some excellent material here and obviously a deep well to source from. 'Old Paint' was written by Woody Guthrie apparently so good pedigree for the material. Seems like they did it all in one take given some of the glitches but still a great album. Buy now!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ok 8 Sep 2013
By KJP
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
None of his best stuff im afraid, although one or two gems still to be found, and for the price its quite reasonable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic! 26 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
No other artist can take standards & make arrangements that turn them into new songs. This truly is a taste of the West as it once was. His voice is deep & resonates the stories & songs with incredible authenticity. Immerse yourself & be taken back in time by the Greatest!
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