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Johnny Cash: 20 Original Albums
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2013
I'm not going to review this collection in the conventional manner because if you are looking at this product and considering purchasing it then you are almost certainly a Johnny Cash fan already, meaning you know that you're going to like most (or even all) of these 20 albums. So instead I'm going to include here some basic information that could come in useful.

The albums:

1. "The Fabulous Johnny Cash"
2. "Hymns By Johnny Cash"
3. "Songs Of Our Soil"
4. "Now, There Was A Song!"
5. "Ride This Train"
6. "I Walk The Line"
7. "Bitter Tears"
8. "Orange Blossom Special"
9. "Sings The Ballads Of The True West"
10. "Everybody Loves A Nut"
11. "From Sea To Shining Sea"
12. "At Folsom Prison"
13. "At San Quentin"
14. "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash"
15. "The Johnny Cash Show"
16. "A Thing Called Love"
17. "John R. Cash"
18. "One Piece At A Time"
19. "Johnny 99"
20. "Heroes"

Facts:

* 20 albums included, all on separate discs. Thankfully they haven't attempted to cram 2-3 albums on one disc as I've seen elsewhere!

* Each disc comes in it's own thin non-glossy card sleeve with replica original album cover on front and original album back-cover on back

* 35-page booklet included. John Carter Cash (son of Johnny Cash) writes a preamble (one page). No new details on individual albums are given, no interesting essays or the like, but each album gets one succinct paragraph of basic background information added, this going up to page 11. Page 12-13 is album pictures. Page 14-33 is the usual album credits and copyright information

* The sound is fine, clean and crisp. As for whether or not they have been remastered, I refer you to J. Milner's comment below for further information on this:

"I'm pretty sure these albums will have been sourced from The Complete Albums set so they will be newly mastered. A lot had not been on CD before so they will have been mastered for CD for the first time. Pretty sure it was done at Sony's Battery Studios in New York by Maria Triana. The discs also have CD Text information which is also an indication that they are new editions." -J. Milner

* Some of these albums are not available on CD elsewhere, only on old vinyl, so I'd snap these up while they're not too expensive!

* If it's buying Cash albums in bulk that you're going for, one alternative to this set is 'The Complete Columbia Collection [Box set, Original recording remastered]', from Sony Music. It is £150+ but looks worth it if you can get it

Recommended for every ardent Johnny Cash fan.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2013
This is a wonderful compact box set containing 20' of Johnny Cash's best albums from 1958 to 1986 the albums in question are..."The Fabulous Johnny Cash", "Hymns By Johnny Cash", "Songs of our Soil", "Now, there was a Song", "Ride this Train", "I Walk the Line", "Bitter Tears", "Orange Blossom Special", "Sings the ballads of the true West", "Everybody loves a Nut", "From sea to shining Sea", "At Folsom Prison", "At San Quentin", "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash", "The Johnny Cash Show", "A thing called Love", "John R. Cash", "One piece at a Time", "Johnny 99", and "Heroes".
All of the albums are original replicas and come with a 33' page booklet with a forward by John Carter Cash and a brief but concise summery of each album and individual track-listing.
The box itself is so neat and sturdy that it's hard to believe it can hold 20' albums as its about the size of two double CDs, this makes it so easy to store alongside other albums without taking up loads of space.
All in all a wonderful collection at a great price by a truly awesome talent.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2013
These 20 albums cover the period from 1958 - 1986.Each CD comes in a replica album cover, and the box set includes a booklet which contains a preamble by his son John Carter Cash. The booklet has a review of each album and contains a full track listing with details of the original release. Whilst I already owned a number of the albums on vinyl and a couple on CD the set represents excellent value. My only adverse comment is why do most box sets never include glossy album covers. Surely it would not need to increase the cost dramatically!
Overall a great box set on the 10th anniversary of his death.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2014
FANTASTIC COLLECTION & WHAT A BARGAIN WORTH EVERY PENNY I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT TO MY FRIENDS
NICE PACKAGING AS WELL
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2014
I was unsure about buying this for my friend who is an ardent Johnny Cash fan, since the CDs don't have their individual plastic cover. However, the package looked good, received it in good shape, and my friend absolutely liked it! He listens to each CD everyday, and is so happy with it. It is a very good gift option for any fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2014
I have always been a fan of Jahnny Cash from the early 60's, having brought a number of his LP's either here or from the states, it was good to hear a number of these old LP's now on CD, there are still a number of LP's that hven't been included in this box set so I hope at a later date these to will be released as a box set.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2014
Contains many of my LPs and is so easy to store in this form.
Have yet to play all the collection but, so far, everything lives up to expectations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2014
If like me your first introduction to the Man was through the Rick Rubins produced American Recordings this is a must buy. Already have a few of these in my collection. Like most great artists he made a few duff albums in his long career. However, this collection offers a great balanced introduction to his earlier works from 58 through to 86 (and American Recordings.)
All are original albums in slipcases. At this price its a great deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2014
20 Albums each of which is worth the purchase price alone.
I'm not a collector for the sake of collecting, its all about the music with me. This box set represents the greatest performer in history at the peak of his powers and to be able to here such a varied collection of his work is a real pleasure.

Buy it, you will not regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2014
An incredible collection of discs. My dad was thrilled to bits as his old records are getting a bit tired and it is much easier to listen on cd. A superb gift at a brilliant cost.
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