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4.0 out of 5 stars Historic album, shame about the packaging, 16 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: At Folsom Prison (Legacy Edition) (2CD + DVD) (Audio CD)
This is probably Johnny Cash's most famous recording, an amazing performance made against the advice of his record company, after his comeback from near-suicide and his recovery from addiction (would he have made it without his faith and the love of June Carter and her family?). Raw, genuine, full of great songs, humour and grit, his voice getting back to its best, this live performance sums up everything that was heroic about Johnny Cash.
I discovered Johnny Cash, about 1964 when I was a young teenager, when I found his single "Ring of Fire", unbelievably, in a remaindered box of singles for sale at 1/6d each. I'd never heard of him, but the moment I heard the song, I had to know more. I saved up to buy his latest album, "Blood, Sweat and Tears", and have never looked back. I was a fan.
Of course, I've had the record "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" a long time. First the LP, later the CD. Delighted to find the Legacy edition, containing the full recordings of both concerts, on Amazon, it was a must-buy. With the previously unissued tracks from the first concert, and the whole of the repeat afternoon concert (which includes a classic performance of "Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man" with June Carter -- worth buying just for that), these recordings are a piece of history everyone who even just likes Johnny Cash should own.
The DVD contains a documentary, recently seen on TV, looking back at the concert and full of illuminating interviews. Sadly, no film of the concert was made (unlike its sister "At San Quentin", recorded for British TV), but there's lots on this DVD to savour.
However, I can't let this review pass without expressing a warning: despite the misleading image on the Amazon site, this is NOT the classic luxury Legacy box set, but a German re-packaging in a cheap card foldout. I'm sure the discs are the same, and that's what matters I guess, but it won't sit well beside my Legacy edition of the San Quentin concert. Shame about that, and for this reason I've only given it 4 stars. It really deserves at least 5.
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