When I was around eleven my friend's father got a car with an eight track stereo. We used to sneak up to his garage and listen to the eight track in the car with the garage door closed. Johnny Cash and a boy named Sue was an absolute favourite - we knew every word and would recite it in the playground:-
'some gal would giggle and I'd get red
some guy would laugh and I'd bust his head'
Move it on more years than I care to mention, and Johhny Cash only really came back on my radar when he died. I listened to some of the programmes and biopics and realised that beyond the celebrity high profile the man was also very well respected musically.
I'm trying to fill my Walkman, with 16gb being quite a challenge to my wallet, and a recent purchase was this. The album hangs together very well, as a piece. I can't talk about different periods in his music or his recording history, but I didn't find any urge to move forward through any of it. If I had to pick some favourites the live 'Folsom Prison Blues,' '(Ghost) riders in the sky' and of course my childhood favourite 'A boy named Sue' would be my picks.
So all-in-all it did everything I expected, and possibly a bit more, though that may be partly the positive memories it evoked- a pretty solid 5 stars from me.