Johnny Cash Legend (4-CD Box Set)

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  • Number of Discs: 4
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  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Sony

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Johnny Cash: The Legend is easily the most far-reaching collection ever assembled in celebration of the pathfinding work of the "Man in Black." Singer and songwriter, sinner and Christian, John R. Cash, son of a sharecropper from the dirt-poor, cotton-farming town of Kingsland, Ark., battled his demons on stages from Folsom Prison to Carnegie Hall. Wielding an acoustic guitar and his patented "boom-chicka-boom" Tennessee two-beat, Cash essayed a multifarious repertoire that drew from nearly every page of the American Roots Music Songbook. From sacred to strung out, mountain ballads to rockabilly boogie, tales of the range, the road, the rails, and home-sweet-home, and love songs from the public domain to Dylan, and beyond, Cash would not be pigeonholed.

This four-CD set, covering the years 1955-2002, commemorates the Golden Anniversary of Cash's recording career; his debut-on-disc was for the fabled Sun label, one of seven record companies from whose archives this anthology draws in order to paint a many-sided musical portrait of Johnny Cash: The Legend. The majority of the 104 songs herein (28 of them written or co-written by Cash) were made for Columbia, for which he was a best-selling artist from 1958 to 1986; seven selections are previously unreleased.

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - No. 985, p.82
4.5 out of 5 stars - "...even without his astonishing final chapter, this is a feast of Cash."
Spin - p.107
"[T]his four-disc box has all the great old stuff, plus a sprinkling from his Rick Rubin-produced renaissance."
Uncut - p.132
5 stars out of 5 - "Prolific, restless, ambitious and contradictory, Cash became a genre unto himself, swerving from rockabilly to gospel, drug-addled outlawry to staunch moralism, homespun folk to grand Nashville productions."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.I Walk The Line
  • 2.There You Go
  • 3.Home Of The Blues
  • 4.Ballad Of A Teenage Queen
  • 5.Guess Things Happen That Way
  • 6.The Ways Of A Woman In Love
  • Buy for $0.997.Don't Take Your Guns To Town
  • Buy for $1.298.Ring Of Fire
  • Buy for $0.999.The Matador
  • Buy for $0.9910.Understand Your Man
  • Buy for $0.9911.The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
  • Buy for $0.9912.Orange Blossom Special
  • Buy for $0.9913.The One On The Right Is On The Left
  • Buy for $0.9914.Rosanna's Going Wild
  • Buy for $1.2915.Folsom Prison Blues
  • Buy for $0.9916.Daddy Sang Bass
  • Buy for $0.9917.A Boy Named Sue
  • Buy for $0.9918.What Is Truth
  • Buy for $1.2919.Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
  • Buy for $0.9920.Flesh And Blood
  • Buy for $1.2921.Man In Black
  • Buy for $0.9922.A Thing Called Love
  • Buy for $0.9923.Kate
  • Buy for $0.9924.Oney
  • Buy for $0.9925.Any Old Wind That Blows
  • Buy for $1.2926.One Piece At A Time
  • Buy for $1.2927.Ghost Riders In The Sky

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Hey Porter
  • 2.Cry, Cry, Cry
  • 3.Luther Played The Boogie
  • 4.Get Rhythm
  • 5.Give My Love To Rose
  • 6.I Was There When It Happened
  • 7.Big River
  • Buy for $0.998.I Still Miss Someone
  • Buy for $0.999.Pickin' Time
  • Buy for $0.9910.The Man On The Hill
  • Buy for $0.9911.Five Feet High And Rising
  • Buy for $0.9912.Tennessee Flat-Top Box
  • Buy for $0.9913.I Got Stripes
  • Buy for $0.9914.Troublesome Waters
  • Buy for $0.9915.The Long Black Veil
  • 16.Dark As A Dungeon
  • Buy for $0.9917.The Wall
  • Buy for $0.9918.25 Minutes To Go
  • Buy for $0.9919.Cocaine Blues
  • 20.Doin' My Time (Previously Unreleased)
  • Buy for $0.9921.I Will Rock And Roll With You
  • Buy for $0.9922.Without Love
  • 23.The Big Light
  • Buy for $0.9924.Highway Patrolman
  • Buy for $0.9925.I'm Never Gonna Roam Again (Previously Unreleased)
  • Buy for $0.9926.When I'm Gray (Previously Unreleased)
  • 27.Forever Young

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.The Wreck Of The Old 97
  • 2.Rock Island Line
  • 3.Goodnight Irene
  • 4.Goodbye, Little Darlin'
  • 5.Born To Lose
  • Buy for $0.996.Walking The Blues
  • Buy for $0.997.Frankie's Man, Johnny
  • Buy for $0.998.Delia's Gone
  • Buy for $0.999.In The Jailhouse Now
  • Buy for $0.9910.Waiting For A Train
  • Buy for $0.9911.Casey Jones
  • Buy for $0.9912.The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer
  • Buy for $0.9913.I've Been Working On The Railroad (Previously Unreleased)
  • Buy for $0.9914.Sweet Betsy From Pike
  • Buy for $0.9915.The Streets Of Laredo
  • Buy for $0.9916.Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
  • Buy for $0.9917.Down In The Valey (Previously Unreleased)
  • Buy for $0.9918.Wabash Cannonball
  • Buy for $0.9919.The Great Speckled Bird
  • Buy for $0.9920.Wildwood Flower
  • Buy for $0.9921.In Them Old Cottonfields Back Home
  • Buy for $0.9922.Pick A Bale O' Cotton
  • Buy for $0.9923.Old Shep
  • Buy for $0.9924.I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
  • Buy for $0.9925.I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  • Buy for $0.9926.Time Changes Everything

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • Buy for $0.991.Keep On The Sunny Side (With The Carter Family)
  • Buy for $0.992.Diamonds In The Rough (With The Carter Family)
  • Buy for $0.993.(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)(With The Carter Family)
  • Buy for $0.994.Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)(With The Carter Family)
  • Buy for $0.995.Another Man Done Gone (With Anita Carter)
  • Buy for $0.996.Pick The Wildwood Flower (With Mother Maybelle Carter)
  • Buy for $1.297.Jackson (With June Carter)
  • Buy for $0.998.If I Were A Carpenter (With June Carter Cash)
  • Buy for $1.299.Girl From The North Country (With Bob Dylan)
  • Buy for $0.9910.One More Ride (With Marty Stuart)
  • Buy for $0.9911.You Can't Beat Jesus Christ (With Billy Joe Shave)(Previously Unreleased)
  • Buy for $0.9912.There Ain't No Good Chain Gang (With Waylon Jennings)
  • Buy for $0.9913.We Ought To Be Ashamed (With Elvis Costello)
  • Buy for $0.9914.Crazy Old Soldier (With Ray Charles)
  • Buy for $0.9915.Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine (With Tommy Cash)
  • Buy for $0.9916.Who's Gene Autry (With John Carter Cash)
  • 17.The Night Hank Williams Came To Town (With Waylon Jennings)
  • Buy for $1.2918.I Walk The Line Revisited (With Rodney Crowell)
  • Buy for $1.2919.Highwayman (With Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings)
  • 20.The Wanderer (U2 Starring Johnny Cash)
  • 21.September When It COmes (With Roseanne Cash)
  • 22.Tears In The Holston River (With The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
  • Buy for $0.9923.Far Side Banks Of Jordan (With June Carter Cash)
  • Buy for $0.9924.It Takes One To Know Me (With june Carter Cash, guest vocals by Carlene Carter and John Carter Cash)(Previously Unreleased)

Product Description:

Personnel: Johnny Cash (vocals, guitar); Waylon Jennings, Elvis Costello, Billy Joe Shaver, Bob Dylan (vocals, guitar); Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Ray Charles (vocals); Bob Johnson (guitar, mandocello); Dave Edmunds, Doc Watson, Marty Stewart, Jack Clement, Jerry Hensley, Jerry Reed, Merle Watson, Randy Scruggs, Ray Edenton, Billy Lee Riley, Billy Sanford, Luther Perkins, Bob Wootton, Carl Perkins (guitar); Don Helms, Pete Drake (steel guitar); Norman Blake (dobro); Mother Maybelle Carter (autoharp); Rufus Long (flute); Charlie McCoy (harmonica); Jo-El Sonnier (accordion); Floyd Cramer, Ben Tench, Bill Pursell (piano); Larry Butler , Hargus "Pig" Robbins (keyboards); Brian Eno (synthesizer); Nick Lowe (bass guitar); Kenny Malone, Buddy Harman (drums); Flood (loops).
Few artists in any genre can rival the recorded legacy of Johnny Cash, so it's impressive that Columbia took on the daunting task of compiling a box set that spans his career from 1955 to 2002. While this collection doesn't feature tracks from any of Cash's acclaimed albums for the American label, it does present a few songs recorded during that '90s/early-'00s era, offering listeners selections that touch upon each decade of the country superstar's studio output.
With its thematically arranged CDs, THE LEGEND revisits a number of Cash's finest Sun singles, showcasing his unmistakable deep voice and signature "boom-chicka-boom" sound on classics such as "I Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues." The bulk of the songs here, however, come from Cash's extensive Columbia '58-'86 run, most notably the passionate "Ring of Fire" (co-penned by his future wife, June Carter) and "A Boy Named Sue," his tongue-in-cheek narrative hit. The fourth disc focuses on Cash's many collaborations, presenting the Man in Black paired with everyone from the Carter Family to Bob Dylan to U2. While longtime Cash fans may own many of these recordings, this set is ideal for aficionados of his latter-day American albums who want an excellent overview of his truly legendary history.
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  • Sales Rank: 14,502
  • UPC: 827969280225
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