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Hymns By Johnny Cash

Johnny CashAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Beginning his career as an outlaw to the Nashville establishment, Johnny Cash has come to define country music over the last 40 years. At first, his unique mix of hillbilly music with gospel and blues made him a perfect fit at Sam Phillips' Sun records, where he recorded such classics as "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk The Line." From there, Johnny signed with ... Read more in Amazon's Johnny Cash Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B0012GN026
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It Was Jesus
2. I Saw a Man
3. Are All the Children In
4. The Old Account
5. Lead Me Gently Home
6. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
7. Snow in His Hair
8. Lead Me Father
9. I Call Him
10. These Things Shall Pass
11. He'll Be a Friend
12. God Will
13. It Was Jesus [Mono EP Version][*]

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If you love gospel music and the Man in Black, this collection is for you.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny's Best Gospel Album March 13, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Faith was central to Johnny Cash's music and life. Read either of his autobiographies and you'll hear the haunting story of his older brother Jack's brutal death at age 15. Mauled by a power saw in a local mill, he died a week later, depleted by the injuries to his stomach. Despite dying young, Jack left a strong impression on Johnny. Johnny remembered his brother as a gifted, fiery preacher.

If you look at the cover of Johnny's first album for Rick Rubin - which would resuscitate Johnny's career one last time before his own death - the black-and-white imagery echoes Johnny and Jack, one the dark, troubled soul, the other the good and faithful servant. As Cash discussed, though, even that black dog had a white spot, a fleck of hope.

When Johnny recorded Hymns in 1958 he was no saint. A road warrior, travelling the highways and byways promoting his career, his addiction to pills was beginning, taking uppers to sustain him from concert to concert, and downers to help him sleep when he got home. Compounded by affairs on the road, one can imagine he was not much of a husband or father.

Yet, Cash was adamant in his desire to record a gospel record, so adamant, in fact, that it became one of the determining factors in his move from Sun Records to Columbia. With one album under his belt at Columbia, they made good on their promise to allow him to record a gospel album. The result is Hymns by Johnny Cash, which went on to sell 500,000 copies.

Hymns offers new insight into Cash's psyche. On this release we see little of the spit-in-your-eye rebel described in Folsom Prison Blues or Don't Take Your Guns to Town. Instead, we see a humble man looking back to the faith of his childhood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who was it, everybody? February 13, 2006
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This was Johnny Cash's second Columbia album. He specifically went to Columbia Records because they promised that he would be allowed to record an occasional gospel album, which Sun Records wouldn't allow him to do. The album contains Johnny's originals and his take on his favorite gospel songs. It is a very good example of "country gospel". There is one bonus track, which is the mono EP version of "It Was Jesus". It is the same recording as the album version of "It Was Jesus", but the chorus that sings backup is missing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The album Cash moved to Columbia to make May 26, 2002
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Columbia's year-long reissue program, celebrating Cash's seventieth birthday, began in February with the release of "The Essential Johnny Cash," and continues with enhanced releases of several crucial original LPs. Each album is remastered, and expanded with new essays, bonus tracks and a newly penned introduction from Cash.
1959's "Hymns By Johnny Cash" is considered the album for which Cash "came to Columbia" (or "left Sun," depending on who's talking). Sun's owner, Sam Phillips, didn't see a market for an album of sacred songs, but Columbia had no such misgivings, and sold a half-million copies. Cash invested himself deeply in these declarations of faith, his baritone praise (set against stark accompaniment) displayed a growing maturity and distance from the pop orientation of his Sun days. The mix of originals and standards became mainstays of his repertoire, providing a moral focal point for his shows and an oft-needed lifeline for his soul.
Over the decades, Cash's sound, forged on his very first single at Sun, has proven a remarkably spacious and fertile ground in which to develop his genre-bounding songbook. Given the depth and breadth of his catalog, a compilation, such as "The Essential Johnny Cash" serves as a Cliff's Notes introduction, while the original LPs provide richly detailed chapters in the story of an American musical icon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Johnny's early best September 6, 2002
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The story is that Sun Records owner Sam Phillips wouldn't let Cash record religious material, so Johnny up and split for a more lucrative contract at Columbia. I bet if Phillips knew how good the album gospel album would turn out, he wouldn't have been so stubborn about it. A really nice record -- one of Cash's best and most heartfelt early albums on the Columbia label. Defintely check it out, if you're not overly troubled by the Christian proseltyizing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars short but sweet December 23, 2002
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The music is great, but the disc is very short. The sound quality is amazing for a late 50's recording. Johnny is in
top form.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to any collection November 19, 2013
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Excellent recording. Excellent hymns and vocals by Mr. Cash as always. Anyone wondering if this is worth the purchase ought to go ahead and buy it, and then listen to it frequently upon receiving it. Wonderful collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old favorite August 20, 2013
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I first bought this music when it was in record form, then in a cassette. It has been a favorite of mine since it first came out in the 60's. There is nothing I would change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hymns by Johnny Cash May 13, 2007
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I bought this CD because it includes the song "I Saw a Man" which is not

in Johnny's newer recordings. I am delighted with the CD.

Excellent quality and arrive in good shape.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rockabilly/Country Gospel Album
Less of the slow country gospel songs and more of the early Johnny Sun Records sounding gospel songs. Great stuff.
Published 1 month ago by Josh Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars johnny cash cd
very religious cd. my husband loves johnny cash music.
we listen to this around Christmas time. hes a very talented man.
Published 7 months ago by Janet Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality recordings
This was my Daddy's music. The collection is really well done and makes it feel like Dad is right back in the room with us.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hymns From the Heart
This cd is fabulous. I would recommend this to any Country Music enthusiast's. Johnny Cash really compiled. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Big Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Gospel hymns
I have enjoyed these gospel songs by Johnny Cash. Johnny knows how to gets distinct words across in whatever he sings. Read more
Published on July 31, 2011 by Mrs McGregor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs...Great album
Some really great original hymns set to Johnny's trademark style. My newborn son loves this music...the rhythmic feel and deep voice lull him to sleep every time!
Published on December 26, 2008 by Adam L. Vaughan
5.0 out of 5 stars Laid Back, Old Style Arrangements Sound Better Re-Mastered Here!
When I first heard this CD, I was a little disappointed. I was expecting Gospel songs as catchy and influential as Johnny's biggest non-religious hits. Read more
Published on January 16, 2006 by Bryan E. Leed
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Bye Sun
This is the reason Johnny left Sun Records. Ol' Sam Phillips refused to record a spiritual record with Johnny. Another business decision Mr. Phillips may still question. Read more
Published on January 27, 2003 by "oldhipy"
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