- Released: March 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.Ragged Old Flag
- 2.Don't Go Near The Water
- 3.All I Do Is Drive
- 4.Southern Comfort
- 5.King Of The Hill
- 6.Pie In The Sky
- 7.Lonesome To The Bone
- 8.While I've Got It On My Mind
- 9.Good Morning Friend
- 10.I'm A Worried Man
- 11.Please Don't Let Me Out
- 12.What On Earth Will You Do (For Heaven's Sake)
Personnel includes: Johnny Cash (vocals, guitar); Chuck Cochran (arranger);
Carl Perkins, Larry McCoy, Ray Edenton (guitar); Earl Scruggs (banjo); The Oak Ridge Boys (background vocals).
Producers: Johnny Cash, Charlie Bragg.
Reissue producer: Al Quaglieri.
Engineers: Charlie Bragg, Roger Tucker, Freeman Ramsey.
Recorded in 1974. Originally released on Columbia (32917). Includes liner notes by Johnny Cash.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Columbia Records "Legacy" series.
Contains 2 LPs on 1 CD: RAGGED OLD FLAG (1974)/PATRIOT (1990).
As the title track--with its martial drum intro, bold strings, and patriotic narrative--indicates, RAGGED OLD FLAG is another of the Man in Black's mid-'70s song cycles about American national identity. But while this track leans toward melodrama, the album, as a whole, is more in keeping with Cash's up-close-and-personal songwriting tradition than the elaborate history lesson of 1972's AMERICA.
Here, narratives of working-class hardship predominate. "All I Do Is Drive" tells the story of a truck driver's life, while "Southern Comfort" and "King of the Hill" spin tales of jobs in a tobacco factory and a cotton mill, respectively. There are songs about alienation ("Lonesome to the Bone"), domestic bliss ("While I've Got It on My Mind"), and the anomalous but affecting environmental protest song, "Don't Go Near the Water." Cash's facility with the point-of-view story-song is strong as ever, and with rich backing from the Oak Ridge Boys and the Tennessee Three, RAGGED OLD FLAG is a worthwhile addition to any fan's collection.