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The Man in Black - The Very Best of Johnny Cash [CD]

Johnny Cash Audio CD
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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 (25 Feb 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00005YTBS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hey Porter
2. Cry, Cry, Cry
3. So Doggone Lonesome
4. I Walk The Line
5. Get Rhythm
6. There You Go
7. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen
8. Big River
9. Guess Things Happen That Way
10. All Over Again
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Disc: 2
1. It Ain't Me Babe (With June Carter Cash)
2. Orange Blossom Special (With Charlie McCoy, Boots Randolph & The Carter Family)
3. The One On The Right Is The One On The Left
4. Jackson (With June Carter Cash)
5. Folsom Prison Blues (Live)
6. Daddy Sang Bass
7. Girl From The North Country (With Bob Dylan)
8. A Boy Named Sue (Live)
9. If I Were A Carpenter
10. Sunday Morning Comin' Down
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Product Description

Swedish exclusive Best Of compilation for the influential country legend includes one live bonus track. Featuring 40 tracks in all, Folsom Prison Blues (Live), I Walk The Line, Guess Things Happen That Way, Get Rhythm, I Still Miss Someone, Five Feet High And Rising, I Got Stripes, Dont Take Your Guns To Town, Ring Of Fire, Jackson (feat. June Carter), Understand Your Man, Tennessee Flat-top Box, When Its Springtime In Alaska (Its Forty Below) (feat. June Carter), San Quentin (Live), The Ballad Of Ira Hayes, The Long Black Veil, A Boy Named Sue (Live), Orange Blossom Special, Daddy Sang Bass, Where Were You (When They Crucified My Lord), Man In Black, Sunday Morning Coming Down, The Girl From North Country (feat. Bob Dylan), It Aint Me Babe, If I Were A Carpenter (feat. June Carter), Busted (Live), Flesh And Blood, Wanted Man, What On Earth Will You Do (For Heavens Sake), One Piece At A Time, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, There Aint No Good Chain Gang (feat. Waylon Jennings), A Thing Called Love, Without Love, Highway Patrolman, The Beast In Me, Sea Of Heartbreak, I Wont Back Down, Wayfaring Stranger & Me And Bobby Mcgee (bonus track). 2001 release.

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83 of 83 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
No Johnny Cash compilation can ever include everything but this collection contains all the essentials from the fifties and sixties, his most productive period that yielded classic songs such as Hey porter, I walk the line, Big river, Don't take your guns to town, Five feet high and rising, I still miss someone, Ring of fire, Understand your man, It ain't me babe (with June Carter Cash), Orange blossom special, Jackson (with June Carter Cash) and A boy named Sue. All these songs and many others are included here.
The fifties and sixties take up the whole of the first CD and almost half of the second CD so, inevitably, there isn't a lot of room for his later music. Even so, the omission of A thing called love (a top five pop hit in Britain and also a big hit in America) will surprise some people. Of the seventies songs included here, the best is One piece at a time, an amusing song about assembling a car from stolen car parts.
Another feature of this compilation is the number of guests including Bob Dylan (Girl from the north country), Marty Robbins (Song of the patriot), Waylon Jennings (The night Hank Williams came to town) and U2 (The wanderer). On Highwaymen, Johnny is joined by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, who recorded three albums together as the Highwaymen. This name was originally used by a sixties folk group (famous for Michael row the boat ashore) and sometimes causes confusion.
This compilation is based on another double CD (Essential) with four tracks added - So doggone lonesome, Daddy sang bass, Forty shades of green and Man in white.
Despite the omission of A thing called love, this is an excellent collection of Johnny's music.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The legacy of an American Artist ! 12 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
The great Johny Cash left us many country classics. On this double cd, you will find many of his most important songs, such like Ring of Fire, Orange Blossom Special, I walk the line and A Boy named Sue, plus a few not so famous songs but of imense value, like U2's The Wanderer.
The voice of The Man in Black is the voice of America. Toguether with Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, Johny Cash embodies the american spirit and sublimates it throug his songs, just listen to his definite interpretation of Ghost Riders in the Sky !!!
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars legend 27 July 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I'm not fan of country music, but Johnny Cash isn't your average country singer. . . he incorporates everything music should be.
As a total metal fan, I never in a million years expected myself to buy country albums. But there I was in HMV one day and I Walk The Line came over the speakers. I know instantly that is was Johnny's singing because my mum was a fan. I abandoned the metal section and picked up the CD which I am now reviewing. It's interesting the amount of metal icons who cite Mr Cash as their inspiration and idol. Metallica's James Hatfield and Slipknot's Shawn Crahan are two mentioned on the inside cover of the CD booklet. I can see why they love him.
Johnny's voice is cool and calm. He is the only singer I listen to who can be tough yet gentle at the same time. Here is a man that judging only by the sound of his voice you'd know not to mess with, yet his lyrics show a man with a genuine heart. This album had classics like I Walk The Line, Don't Take Your Guns To Town, Ring Of Fire, One Piece At A Time and Man In Black.
The songs are so simple yet genius. In 50 years time people will still be listening to Johnny's music and it will still sound as fresh as it does now. That's more than cane be said about bands these days who poke fun at country music yet can't write their own songs.
Respect, Johnny, you're a legend. Folks, buy this album. If there was ever money well spent it's on this CD.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cash combining modern legends 1 Mar 2002
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The Classic unmistakeable voice of Johnny Cash is compiled in this complete selection of his music, combined with the music of Rock legends such as U2. All the great songs you know and the ones you probably don't, but wonder why the hell you didn't. A must have. Generations down the line the old San Quentin crooner strumms a cord for all. Classic, classic Cash!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Testament To A Great Performer 2 May 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There have been many compilations of Johnny Cash's music over the years and it's difficult to cover the best of his massive recorded output on two CDs.These discs offer 40 selected popular tracks in chronological order from his Sun, CBS and Mercury recordings Inevitively people are going to point out omissions such as a previous reviewer re "A Thing Called Love" (quite rightly). There is ample room for this track and five others given the CDs' playing time. And that is my only gripe. Because the songs we have here are indeed timeless classics you can listen to again and again.
An ideal introduction to the great man's music for the newcomer and handy compilation for those like me who have the original albums on Sun, CBS and Mercury.
How assertive and in good voice Johnny sounds on these famous tracks compared to the awful last Rick Rubin stuff (with the exception of the excellent Vol. 2) where he weakly and pathetically croaks his way through the songs,sadly due to his ill-health.
That wasn't the true Johnny Cash. This double CD most definitely is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fella loves it 3 Feb 2014
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Got this for my fella for Xmas after we had watched a documentary on Johnny Cash and he said how much he liked it ((not his normal choice of music) . I was a bit dubious that he would play it more than once but when he is working from home he puts this on as background music and listens to it endlessly. It sounds a bit like those American films you see where there is country music playing in the background somewhere, you can hear it but you don't really notice it. I quite enjoy listening to this too, again not really my type of music but pleasantly surprised and glad I bought it.
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