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From the filmmakers behind "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story," this acclaimed documentary (and accompanying soundtrack) looks at The Man in Black in a whole new light. How did Cash navigate the issues of his day, and what can we learn from his example? Here are gathered a broad spectrum of Americans--politicians, musicians, writers, family--to reflect on the power and meaning of Cash's extraordinary life.
This documentary features many never before seen performances capturing Cash across the years and in all circumstances. Intimate, revealing, and provocative, Johnny Cash's America shines a new light on a musician, an entertainer, an American.
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Like the earlier RIDE THIS TRAIN album, the songs are interspersed with a running commentary by Cash, in a style that is half old-time raconteur, half grass-roots educator. While the subject matter of the record is much broader than that of Cash's more personal material, AMERICA still makes for an intriguing stop in the artist's discography, with its contents equally appropriate for a campfire performance or reference in a junior-high history course. The disc is yet another lesser-known gem from this multifaceted, iconoclastic figure.
The Final Chapter. The Last Recordings.
American VI: Ain't No Grave, the sixth and final installment of Johnny Cash's critically-acclaimed American Recordings album series, will be officially released on February 26, 2010 (American Recordings/Lost Highway), the day that would have been The Man in Black's 78th birthday. As was the case with the previous five albums in the American Recordings series, American VI was produced by Rick Rubin.
American VI is deeply elegiac and spiritual, with each song serving as its own piece of the puzzle of life's mysteries and challenges, the pursuit of salvation, the importance of friendships, the dream of peace, the power of faith, and the joys and adversities that entail simple survival. It is an achingly personal and intimate statement from the end of the line, as Johnny Cash looks back on a most extraordinary life.
The songs on American VI are drawn from all over the musical landscape and from various eras, and include Sheryl Crow's moving "Redemption Day," close Cash friend Kris Kristofferson's "For The Good Times," "Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound" by Tom Paxton, Bob Nolan's "Cool Water," the hopeful "Last Night I had the Strangest Dream" by Ed McCurdy, J.H. Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes's "Satisfied Mind," Queen Lili'uokalani's song of farewell, "Aloha Oe," and the never before heard Cash original, "I Corinthians: 15:55," written over the last three years of his life. Release date: February 23, 2010
Johnny Cash Bootleg lll: LIVE Around the World is a collection of 53 rare and unreleased LIVE recordings. It is a travelogue from his earliest days on the road at the Big D Jamboree in Dallas Texas in the 1950's - through to his becoming an International Superstar and a great statesman ambassador at the White House in Washington, D.C. in the 1970's.
Johnny Cash along with his wife June Carter Cash and their touring group and family moved about the planet and shared an openness - catering to the needs of the people - carrying the spirit of America and it's people - the music - love - tradition - caring - tolerance and adventure. This set documents those historic tours and the bond between Johnny Cash and his fans.
Johnny Cash's America was everywhere - His fans are all around the Globe. People from all walks of life rallied around Johnny Cash and he rallied around them. All people - young and old - both sides of the aisle - from the Bible Belt to the Federal Prison - Bikers and priests - from the White House to the juke joint - the country folk - Folkies - Rockers - soldiers and protesters - workers and slackers - Generals and hippies. Johnny Cash's world had room for everyone. His fans were everyone, and they still are!
This album gives an overview of his touring musical life and of the love this artist had for people around the world and their responsive support right back to the Man in Black. He spoke to and for the common man, and the common good. Johnny Cash is one of the most important and beloved musicians and leaders in history.
Johnny Cash LIVE: at the Big D Jamboree in Dallas Texas
The New River Ranch - a country hoe-down in rural Maryland
The Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island
The Battlefields of Long Binh, Vietnam
The White House - Washington D.C. (introduced by President Nixon)
Osteraker Prison in Sweden
The Carter Family Fold in Virginia
The Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling West Virginia
The Exit Inn in Nashville
A must-have for any Johnny Cash fan.
Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul Of Truth presents an intimate and personal look at Cash s passion for gospel music and his own spiritual path. Bootleg Vol. IV presents three rare albums in their entirety: A Believer Sings The Truth; an untitled, unreleased 1975 set; and Johnny Cash Gospel Singer. Among these hard-to-find recordings are 15 unreleased tracks including outtakes from the sessions at which the albums were recorded.
Johnny Cash's son, John Carter Cash, provides liner notes that detail Cash's upbringing on gospel and his passion for recording and performing this music despite resistance from his record labels. Though he would sing many kinds of music in his life, he was never truer than when he sang songs of faith.
To fully grasp Cash's legend, one must hear his earliest performances, as well as unreleased or under-promoted recordings that somehow remained out of earshot of an adoring (and still-expanding) public. Such is the mission of the Johnny Cash Bootlegs, a series of multiple-disc packages brimming with historical importance but also delivering thoroughly enjoyable listening experiences, each programmed to stand as a captivating doorway into Cash's popular legacy as effectively as any greatest hits compilation.
From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Volume 2 continues the series, as compilation producer Gregg Geller focuses on the dawning of Johnny Cash’s recording career at Sun Records in Memphis from late 1954 to late ’57 (on CD One), into his first decade at Columbia Records in Nashville, from 1958 to 1969 (on CD Two).
Five Feet High and Rising was written about the Arkansas floods in 1937 when Johnny, only five, was too young to appreciate the gravity of the situation, but old enough to retain a deep and lasting impression of wonderment.
Clementine, while based loosely on the traditional song My Darling Clementine, is given new lyrics and sounds like a completely different song - it's very amusing. I wanna Go Home is a cover of a song better known these days as Sloop John B, the title used by the Beach boys when they recorded it.
Old Apache Squaw is one of many songs that Johnny has recorded about the people who inhabited America before Columbus discovered it - understandably, given his fascination with and empathy for Native Americans.
The Great Speckled Bird is a cover of Roy Acuff's classic gospel song. Although not part of the original album, the inclusion of two of Johnny's country hits from around that time - I Got Stripes and You Dreamer You - is most welcome.
There are many other fine songs on this fascinating album. If you enjoy Cash’s early music, you will love this
JOHNNY CASH AT SAN QUENTIN, FOLSOM's follow-up and companion piece, upped the chart-success ante and then some; on August 23, 1969 it reached the top of the LP stack in "Billboard" and remained there for four weeks, making it the best-selling of all Cash longplayers.
Originally a single album, AT SAN QUENTIN is now a deluxe three-disc, Legacy Edition package: two CDs containing 31 selections, 13 of them previously unissued, plus a DVD called JOHNNY CASH IN SAN QUENTIN, a 1969 documentary made by England's Granada TV for British television. It is, by turns, exhilarating and harrowing; among the tunes is a full rendition of "A Boy Named Sue," the rollicking, rowdy smash that in 1969 topped the C & W singles charts for five weeks, while also reaching number two on the Pop side. There are also interviews, some searingly candid, with the prisoners and guards who were present when the Johnny Cash Show packed the big house.
Backed by his scythe-sharp band, the Tennessee Three, Cash's quavering bass-baritone renders hits, hymns, history (personal and American), humor and, of course, the singular "boom-chicka-boom" railroad rhythm that is one of Country music's most ineffable, instantly identifiable sounds. The bill also includes first-rate performances from rockabilly king Car
RELEASED FROM THE ARCHIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME:
• CD One: 65-minute first show -with seven previously unissued tracks
• CD Two: 75-minute second show - with 24 previously unissued tracks (of 26)
• DVD: new documentary film - with exclusive Folsom Prison footage, interviews with Merle Haggard, Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart, and former inmates at concert, and unpublished photographs by Jim Marshall
It’s one of those dates that is embedded in music history. January 13, 1968, the day that Johnny Cash and his crew - June Carter (two months before their wedding), Columbia staff producer Bob Johnston, Carl Perkins, the Statler Brothers, and the Tennessee Three (guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant, drummer W.S. "Fluke" Holland), rolled into northern California's notorious maximum security lockup and gave a performance that changed Cash's career arc and the future of popular music. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison, the LP issued on Columbia Records the following May, became a cultural benchmark in the midst of the single most tumultuous year in American history since the end of World War II. It was more than a record album - it was the turning point for a generation.
Forty years later, the Cash archives in Tennessee continue to dazzle researchers with their riches. In fact, as rarely known by even the most ardent fans, and rarely mentioned in Cash writings until now - there were two Folsom shows performed and recorded that day: The first show, the bulk of which comprised the classic, familiar 16-song album; and a longer second show, the bulk of whose 26 tracks (except for two songs) were put on the shelf.
JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON: LEGACY EDITION has been a long time coming, indeed. The revealing three-disc (2 CD+DVD) close-up of that day now presents the entire unvarnished 65-minute first show on disc one - expletives intact for the first time, and with seven previously unissued tracks; and the entire 75-minute second show on disc two, with 24 previously unissued tracks (out of 26). It's topped off with a new documentary DVD - featuring exclusive footage from inside Folsom, interviews with Merle Haggard, Rosanne Cash, Marty Stuart, and former inmates who witnessed the concert, and unpublished photography by Jim Marshall.
JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON: LEGACY EDITION, the latest deluxe display-book box set entry in the Legacy Edition series will be available at all physical and digital outlets starting October 14th through Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
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