The Essential Johnny Cash

The Essential Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s legend has only grown since his passing in 2003. Long before his death, his life had become mythic in scope; a voice of integrity and conscience, he bridged the country and rock worlds, sang to presidents and prisoners, and inspired generations, and The Essential Johnny Cash goes a long way towards sorting out his achievements. From the start, Cash’s grave baritone implied struggle and resolve, lending gravity to whatever he attempted. “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire” touch the extremes of devotion and temptation; “Man in Black” and “Song of the Patriot” express America’s disappointment and promise. As his career progressed, Cash strived to cross boundaries between genres and age groups, turning Bob Dylan tunes like “It Ain’t Me Babe” into unlikely country hits and teaming up with U2 for 1993’s “The Wanderer.” The tracks in this anthology capture his abiding faith (“Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?”), moral courage (“The Ballad of Ira Hayes”), and folksy humor (“Jackson,” “A Boy Named Sue”). The inclusion of tracks from his celebrated American Recordings series would’ve made this package complete. Even so, this well-selected anthology does right by the Man in Black’s memory.

Album Tracks

Song Title Length
Don't Take Your Guns to Town 3:02
Five Feet High and Rising 1:45
The Rebel-Johnny Yuma 1:51
Tennessee Flat-Top Box 2:58
I Still Miss Someone 2:34
Ring of Fire 2:35
The Ballad of Ira Hayes 4:07
Orange Blossom Special 3:06
Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) 3:51
Hey Porter 2:13
Cry, Cry, Cry 2:23
I Walk the Line 2:43
Get Rhythm 2:12
There You Go 2:17
Ballad of a Teenage Queen 2:09
Big River 2:29
Guess Things Happen That Way 1:49
All Over Again 2:12
Flesh and Blood 2:36
Man In Black 2:52
Ragged Old Flag 3:08
One Piece At a Time 4:01
(Ghost) Riders In the Sky 3:44
Song of the Patriot 3:28
Highwayman 3:03
The Night Hank Williams Came to Town 3:23
The Wanderer 4:43
It Ain't Me, Babe 3:02
The One On the Right Is On the Left 2:47
Jackson 2:44
Folsom Prison Blues 2:42
Daddy Sang Bass 2:20
Girl from the North Country 3:42
A Boy Named Sue 3:46
If I Were a Carpenter 2:59
Sunday Morning Coming Down 4:09

Johnny Cash Albums

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