The Essential Johnny Cash

The Essential Johnny Cash

by Johnny Cash

CD(Remastered / Special Edition)

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Part of Sony Legacy's ambitious, much-deserved reissue campaign in honor of Johnny Cash's 70th birthday, The Essential Johnny Cash arrives as a two-CD collection of 36 songs ranging from the Man in Black's first Sun hit, "Hey Porter," to his 1993 collaboration with U2 on "The Wanderer." So consider Essential a sort of Johnny Cash Rosetta Stone; an album filled with tracks that help music lovers understand the daunting range of Cash's art. As a songwriter and interpreter, he has been the master of all he embraces -- and he has embraced a whole lot: folk, traditional country, gospel (the monumental "Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)"), rockabilly from the Sun era, western songs, topical songs ("The Ballad of Ira Hayes"), protest songs, patriotic songs, love songs, heartbreak songs (has there been a more vivid account of a forlorn soul than "I Still Miss Someone"?), and duets (with June Carter Cash, Bob Dylan, and Marty Robbins -- the latter being an overlooked gem, a salute to solid American values in "Song of the Patriot"). While future reissues will restore to print ten Cash albums previously unavailable on CD -- two rare and underrated Cash titles were reissued in December 2001: America and Ragged Old Flag -- Essential lives up to its name, especially for those who might be unfamiliar with the full scope of this treasured artist's monumental contribution to American music for nearly half a century.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998629028
catalogNumber: 86290
Rank: 316

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist
Carter Family   Track Performer
Waylon Jennings   Track Performer
Kris Kristofferson   Track Performer
Willie Nelson   Track Performer
Bob Dylan   Track Performer
June Carter Cash   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Edge   Composer,Producer
Brian Ahern   Producer
Earl Ball   Producer
Bono   Composer
Charlie Bragg   Producer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Don Davis   Producer
Brian Eno   Producer
Flood   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Frank Bez   Cover Photo
Lisa Sparagano   Art Direction
Gaby Rodgers   Composer
Roy Cash   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jaan Uhelszki   Collaboration

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The Essential Johnny Cash 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Johnny Cash was a man of contradictions who struggled with drug addiction at times and yet was a devout Christian. He sometimes came on like a right wing patriot and still sang protest songs like Man In Black and The Ballad Of Ira Hayes. Cash could sing both Were You There When Thy Crucified My Lord? and Folsom Prison Blues with the famous, blood-chilling line, “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.” This collection shows all those sides of Cash. However, I feel it falls short musically . Throwing in novelties like Johnny Yuma The Rebel, The Ragged Old Flag, and The Night Hank Williams Came To Town takes up space that more worthy songs like 25 Minutes To Go could have filled and fifty minutes of space went unused on the two CDs. Surely Columbia could have found some worthy songs to fill at least some of the unused time. This could have been 5 stars, but I give it only four.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was born shortly after the original "Johnny Cash Television Show", had gone off the air in 1971, but I barely remember him being on for a short stint in the mid 1970's. That is when I liked him a singer and I still remembering him putting good music at the time. There are several great songs on this double CD set. The transition from Sun to Columbia is very good because it shows you the rockabilly tune like "I Walk The Line" and "Get Rhythm", to the songs like "I Still Miss Someone" , "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" , and his greatest hit of all time "Ring Of Fire". Only one song does not need to be there is a Bono - U2 song called "The Wanderer". It is too modern of a song compared to rest of the compilation. It make a great gift for any music lover who some of Johnny Cash's Discography at Columbia
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