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Johnny Cash Is An All Time Great.,
This review is from: The Man in Black: The Definitive Collection (Audio CD)
In the mid 1950s Sam Philips at Sun Records had a roster of top names recording at his studios in Memphis.
Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich and Roy Obison for starters.
For me though it has to be Johnny Cash, The Man in Black, who tops the lot.
To make it clear these are Not The Sun Recordings, the above introduction is to set the artist in perspective.
In the late 1950s Johnny moved to Columbia Records which led to recordings which brought him to world wide attention.
He took his previous songs with him, for example I Walk The Line, Get Rhythm and Folsom Prison Blues, the definitive live recording from the 1968 album At Folsom Prison is included here.
From the 24 tracks I can pick out 4 which stand above the rest:
(Ghost)Riders In The Sky could have been written especially for Johnny, basically he makes it his own with a masterfully evoactive vocal.
Wanted Man, was written by Bob Dylan and as far as I know he never recorded it himself.It was Johnny who championed Bob after the latter's first album looked like it would be his last, Columbia listerned to the more experianced artist and I'm pleased to say, stuck with Mr Dylan.
The song itself is pure Johhny Cash story telling at its best as the wanted man travels from town to town causing disruption and chaos and appearing to be unaware of how it happened !
This is the studio recording, there is also a live recording on the At St Quentin prison album from 1969, not suprisingly the audience loved it!
Singin'In Vietnam Talkin'Blues shows a strong Bob Dylan infulence as Johnny grafically describes going to play some concerts for the troops far from home and in almost constant danger.
Johnny was against the war, but always identified and supported the troops.
Man In Black is a masterpeice only Johnny could have sung without being liable to ridicule, thats the measure of the man.
To finish, a request to Columbia/Sony Records, please release the original 1971 album Man In Black on CD, I await you call !