- Released: March 1, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Mojo (Publisher) - 3/01/04, p.51
Included in Mojo's The 67 Lost Albums You Must Own! - "[A]n instant American classic."
- 1.Drink To Me
- 2.Five Feet High And Rising
- 3.The Man On The Hill
- 4.Hank And Joe And Me
- 6.The Great Speckle Bird
- 7.I Want To Go Home
- 8.The Caretaker
- 9.Old Apache Squaw
- 10.Don't Step On Mother's Roses
- 11.My Grandfather's Clock
- 12.It Could Be You (Instead Of Him)
- 13.I Got Stripes (Bonus Track)
- 14.You Dreamer You (Bonus Track)
Personnel: Johnny Cash (vocals, guitar); Luther Perkins (electric guitar); Marvin Hughes (piano); Marshall Grant (bass); Morris Palmer, Murray Harmon, Jr. (drums).
Recorded between July 1958 & March 1959. Originally released on Columbia (8148). Includes liner notes by Bill Altman.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Though not quite an overt concept album in the vein of the following year's RIDE THIS TRAIN, Johnny Cash's 1959 recording SONGS OF OUR SOIL is tied together by the theme of American folk music. One of Cash's earliest Columbia releases after his departure from Sun Records, this set features the Man in Black's typical gusto and the celebrated boom-chicka-boom shuffle of the Tennessee Two. Time-honored tunes include tales of "Clementine" and "The Great Speckle Bird" (sic), along with "I Want to Go Home" (more famously covered by the Beach Boys as "Sloop John B.").
Perhaps most notable, however, are the Cash originals "Five Feet High and Rising," a story of rural woe in the form of a flood, and "Old Apache Squaw," protesting the plight of Native Americans, a theme which Cash would later revisit. Clocking in at less than 30 minutes, this short-but-sweet album captures the country legend as he hits an artistic stride that would last throughout much of the following decade.