Johnny 99
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Johnny 99

June 3, 2008

Song Title Artist
Highway Patrolman (Album Version) Johnny Cash
That's The Truth Johnny Cash
God Bless Robert E. Lee Johnny Cash
New Cut Road Johnny Cash
Johnny 99 Johnny Cash
Ballad Of The Ark (Album Version) Johnny Cash
Joshua Gone Barbados Johnny Cash
Girl From The Canyon Johnny Cash
Brand New Dance (Album Version) Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
I'm Ragged But I'm Right (Album Version) Johnny Cash

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 2, 2008
  • Release Date: June 2, 2008
  • Label: Columbia Nashville
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  • Total Length: 35:49
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  • ASIN: B001B6NSII
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,702 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great artist near the peak of his powers March 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This undeservedly obscure album -- as accomplished as the acclaimed American Recordings Johnny Cash would do more than a decade later -- appears at last on CD. Cash has always been as much a folk singer as a country singer, and Johnny 99 has little to do with the cookie-cutter product, with its numbingly predictable lyrics and arrangements, ordinarily issuing from Nashville studios. Its high point is a stunning rendition of Eric von Schmidt's calypso-inflected "Joshua Gone Barbados," a true story of a failed strike on the West Indian island of St. Vincent in the 1960s. It's often been covered but never better than here. Cash also executes sensitive readings of two especially fine Bruce Springsteen compositions, the title tune and "Highway Patrolman." Other standouts include Guy Clark's "New Cut Road" and Vickery/Borches's "God Bless Robert E. Lee." Though some cuts are less satisfying than these, nothing on Johnny 99 is likely to make you lunge for the stereo in search of the "stop" button. The production, by the always reliable Brian Ahern, is spare and uncluttered. Cash has delivered his share of dreck over the years, but Johnny 99 shows us a great artist near the peak of his powers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't overlook this effort, it has several gems... January 19, 2006
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I am starting my 50th year as a Cash fan, but back in 1983 when "Johnny 99" came out, I wasn't even aware of it. This was toward the end of his stint at Columbia, and JC had not had a hit in seven years. He would go to Mercury, producing only one good album ("Water From the Wells of Home") and then end up seven years after "Johnny 99" making that huge comeback with "American Recordings." Knowing the past and the future of this legendary artist makes listening to "Johnny 99" much more fascinating than it must have been back in '83. Some of the cuts have backing vocals like his mid-'50's rockabilly stuff, but more of them are kind of stark and solemn, predicting the "American Recordings" phase to come. Two songs are by Springsteen, one by Guy Clark, and one by Eric Von Schmidt, an old folky pal of the early Dylan. That one, "Joshua Gone Barbados" was done well in the '60's by Tom Rush, but Johnny gives an equally fine rendition. I also like "Girl From the Canyon" and "Brand New Dance" (a duet with June) and of course, the one track which has been anthologized in later CD issues, "I'm Ragged But I'm Right." Overall, this is a nice effort that got lost in the ton of material that Johnny released, and it is worth owning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The eyes of age December 3, 2009
By Earl B
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I originally bought this on vinyl after reading a review in, I think, Playboy (I used to buy Playboy for the music reviews). It's taken me about 25 years to get it on CD. All you have to do is look at the cover (for my money, Johnny Cash's best) to know how good it will sound.

The CD has the bonus of some nicely-written sleeve notes, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1983 Cash album..mellow but great January 22, 2009
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This was the 2nd to last album by Cash from Columbia records (the last being 1985 "Rainbow").
Johnny used Elvis Presley's former band on this album.
Brice Springsteen wrote two gems that Johnny covered here, Johnny 99 and Highway Patrolman, excellent story songs.
Most of the tracks are laid back, but not lame, a very enjoyable album to listen too, most of the songs are story songs. I didnt sell beans in 1983, but its well worth having!
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