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Walking The Line - The Legendary Sun Recordings

16 May 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 16 May 2005
  • Label: Metro / Union Square Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Union Square Music Ltd
  • Total Length: 2:01:40
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  • ASIN: B00D96V1PK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,553 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
"Walking the Line," is a three-disk compilation of the early work, from 1955-58, for Sam Phillips' Memphis-based Sun Records, by the late country singer/songwriter Johnny Cash, one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. Mind you, Cash left Sun for Columbia in 1958, seeking greater artistic freedom; he wanted to record more widely; folk, gospel, etc., and many of his biggest hits, such as "John Henry," "Don't Take Your Gun to Town," and "Ring of Fire," were recorded for Columbia. This fact makes the album at hand a more likely purchase for the artist's most devoted country fans-- although it is quite reasonably priced.

"I Walk the Line," his signature tune, is, of course, included. It was his fourth recording for Sun to break into the charts: it shot to Billboard's #1, staying on the charts for a stunning 43 weeks, eventually selling over two million copies. It retains its power to this day, showcasing his driving "chick-a-boom" guitar work and hustling band; his distinctive bass/baritone voice, and his dark outlook - he once said "the beast in me is caged by frail and fragile bars."

The album's also got the towering "Folsom Prison:" throughout his life, Cash was always particularly conscious of the men in prison, once saying that "convicts are the best audience I ever played for." There's a story that Merle Haggard, another important country artist, once told Cash that every one of the three concerts Cash gave at California's San Quentin Prison was very important to him. Cash replied that he didn't remember Haggard's being in his band, to which Haggard said that he'd been incarcerated.

Cash had impeccable working class credentials. He was born to Arkansas white tenant farmers, one of seven children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Old Rigger on 5 May 2010
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Initally purchased whilst searching for a J C greatest hits cd I bought it for my mate along with Johnny Cash's latest and last studio cd
It represented good value and there are some unheard of before tracks so therefore good value to J C fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Jun 2011
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This 3 disc, 53 track box set does a great job of anthologising Johnny Cash's formative years as a recording artist at the Sun studios.

From the off it was clear that Cash was a major talent, with his pleasing and adaptable slightly off key bass voice and sense of rhythm. In this set we get the classic early hits (walk the line, ring of fire etc) in the country syle, but we also see some of the more varied material (e.g, ballad of a teenage queen, rock island line) incorporating a range of styles from a pop approach to blues to boogie. It shows just what he was capable of, and that he would still have been a success even if he hadn't settled on country.

The CDs are packed with great entertaining sing along tracks which are consistently good. It's a great showcase which collects a bit more than just the usual suspects found on a 1 disc best of. Buy this, then listen to the American recordings to hear where the man in black finished the musical journey started here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov 2011
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"Folsom Prison Blues" was the flipside of Johnny Cash's second single. "I walk the Line" was the A side of his third single. Has any other recording artist sounded so mature at this stage of his or her career? With the possible exception of Presley, how many recording artists have recorded tracks on their second and third discs that continue to resonate through the years the way these tracks do?

I remember buying an earlier variant on this set, which would have been from Charly/Snapper way back, at least twenty, years ago. It was cheap and I didn't have any Sun Cash. I only had Columbia Cash and that on vinyl plus some odd later stuff on tape. And this was when Cash was in the wilderness years, way out of fashion and well before the Rubin American Series.

The Charly set was an absolute eye/ear opener. I knew the big tracks of course - the ones I've mentioned plus "Big River", "Get Rhythm" and "Hey Porter", and others less well. At the time my main memories of Cash were of his 60's Columbia tracks - "Ring of Fire", "Ira Hays", "Orange Blossom Special", "It ain`t me babe", etc. I had the feeling at the time that the Sun material, which hadn`t been that heavily promoted in the 50`s in the UK, was relatively primitive and limited instrumentally. I was partially right on the second point though that the same basic guitar and bass sound, the "boom chicka boom", actually continued well into his career. Producers tended to record or overdub on top of this sound. Even Sam Phillips did it for quite a number of his Sun records. However on the first point I was totally wrong as the songs and sounds on this set clearly demonstrate.
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By ronie on 26 Mar 2013
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yet another great album I real like johnny cash and this album is a truley great to have my collection
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Super great music, very good price.
I would recommend this cd to any Johnny Cash fan.
Betty Taylor
Warrington
Cheshire
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