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
  • 7.Don't Take Your Guns To Town
  • 8.Ring Of Fire
  • 9.The Matador
  • 10.Understand Your Man
  • 11.The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
  • 12.Orange Blossom Special
  • 13.The One On The Right Is On The Left
  • 14.Rosanna's Going Wild
  • 15.Folsom Prison Blues
  • 16.Daddy Sang Bass
  • 17.A Boy Named Sue
  • 18.What Is Truth
  • 19.Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
  • 20.Flesh And Blood
  • 21.Man In Black
  • 22.A Thing Called Love
  • 23.Kate
  • 24.Oney
  • 25.Any Old Wind That Blows
  • 26.One Piece At A Time
  • 27.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
  • 8.I Still Miss Someone
  • 9.Pickin' Time
  • 10.The Man On The Hill
  • 11.Five Feet High And Rising
  • 12.Tennessee Flat-Top Box
  • 13.I Got Stripes
  • 14.Troublesome Waters
  • 15.The Long Black Veil
  • 16.Dark As A Dungeon
  • 17.The Wall
  • 18.25 Minutes To Go
  • 19.Cocaine Blues
  • 20.Doin' My Time (Previously Unreleased)
  • 21.I Will Rock And Roll With You
  • 22.Without Love
  • 23.The Big Light
  • 24.Highway Patrolman
  • 25.I'm Never Gonna Roam Again (Previously Unreleased)
  • 26.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
  • 6.Walking The Blues
  • 7.Frankie's Man, Johnny
  • 8.Delia's Gone
  • 9.In The Jailhouse Now
  • 10.Waiting For A Train
  • 11.Casey Jones
  • 12.The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer
  • 13.I've Been Working On The Railroad (Previously Unreleased)
  • 14.Sweet Betsy From Pike
  • 15.The Streets Of Laredo
  • 16.Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
  • 17.Down In The Valey (Previously Unreleased)
  • 18.Wabash Cannonball
  • 19.The Great Speckled Bird
  • 20.Wildwood Flower
  • 21.In Them Old Cottonfields Back Home
  • 22.Pick A Bale O' Cotton
  • 23.Old Shep
  • 24.I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
  • 25.I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  • 26.Time Changes Everything

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Keep On The Sunny Side (With The Carter Family)
  • 2.Diamonds In The Rough (With The Carter Family)
  • 3.(There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)(With The Carter Family)
  • 4.Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)(With The Carter Family)
  • 5.Another Man Done Gone (With Anita Carter)
  • 6.Pick The Wildwood Flower (With Mother Maybelle Carter)
  • 7.Jackson (With June Carter)
  • 8.If I Were A Carpenter (With June Carter Cash)
  • 9.Girl From The North Country (With Bob Dylan)
  • 10.One More Ride (With Marty Stuart)
  • 11.You Can't Beat Jesus Christ (With Billy Joe Shave)(Previously Unreleased)
  • 12.There Ain't No Good Chain Gang (With Waylon Jennings)
  • 13.We Ought To Be Ashamed (With Elvis Costello)
  • 14.Crazy Old Soldier (With Ray Charles)
  • 15.Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine (With Tommy Cash)
  • 16.Who's Gene Autry (With John Carter Cash)
  • 17.The Night Hank Williams Came To Town (With Waylon Jennings)
  • 18.I Walk The Line Revisited (With Rodney Crowell)
  • 19.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)
  • 23.Far Side Banks Of Jordan (With June Carter Cash)
  • 24.It Takes One To Know Me (With june Carter Cash, guest vocals by Carlene Carter and John Carter Cash)(Previously Unreleased)

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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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