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Murder [Original recording remastered]

Johnny CashAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 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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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: May 23, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00004TB89
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Folsom Prison Blues (Mono)
2. Delia's Gone (Mono)
3. Mister Garfield
4. Orleans Parish Prison (Live)
5. When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below)(Mono)
6. The Sound Of Laughter
7. Cocaine Blues (Live)
8. Hardin Wouldn't Run (Mono)
9. The Long Black Veil
10. Austin Prison
11. Joe Bean
12. Going To Memphis
13. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
14. Highway Patrolman
15. Jacob Green
16. The Wall

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4.0 out of 5 stars the brilliance of a dark vision July 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If Johnny Cash is a country singer, as most people insist he is, he is certainly an odd one, as this CD -- which owes everything to the ballad tradition and nothing to honkytonk music -- attests. In fact, Cash has always been a folk singer in a Nashville context. Listening to a collection like this, you wonder how this guy could have survived, much less prospered, in an industry that has marketed some of the most soul-deadening dreck to which the human ear has ever been subjected, and that seems grimly determined to do even worse. Cash, on the other hand, just keeps sounding better. I first heard "Folsom Prison Blues" in the late 1950s, and hearing it again now, I am more convinced than ever that it is one of those rare perfect songs. I don't think I'll ever cease my sense of wonderment at that brilliant couplet about the rich folks drinking coffee and smoking big cigars -- what an utterly original, precise image -- and then: "Those people keep a-movin'/And that's what tortures me." Cash has never been sentimental about his outlaws, either; the characters in these songs are truly bad guys, most of them outright psychopaths -- in other words, no Robin Hoods, no sensitive, misunderstood rebels and social outcasts. He rewrote, but did not invent, "Delia's Gone" (a century-old Georgia murder ballad); yet it's hard to imagine a more cold-blooded version, one that burrows deep into the angry soul of a man who, in a fit of jealous rage, commits an act of hideous violence and forfeits his humanity. "Cocaine Blues," fusing two traditional songs (one sharing the title, the other usually called "Little Sadie"), is sung in the voice of a man who, if he ever had a conscience, lost it long ago in an orgy of substance abuse. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get much better than this! February 26, 2005
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"Here is my personal selection of my recordings of songs of robbers, liars and murderers. These songs are just for listening and singing. Don't go out and do it." So end the liner notes of Johnny Cash's MURDER--an album filled with songs that will haunt you just as much as they entertain you.

How haunting, how entertaining, are they? Let's take a look. "Delia's Gone" is about as dark as a country song can get. The Sun Records version of "Folsom Prison Blues" (recorded prior to the mold-breaking live album) shows a feistiness missing from a lot of fifties country (but would be much more prevalent once Johnny Cash became a legend). "Cocaine Blues" is as raucousy as ever. His rendition of "When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below)", featuring June Carter, is even better than Johnny Horton's hit version. He even gives Bruce Springteen's "Highway Patrolman" a vitality the Boss's acoustic version lacked.

The songwriting on this album, as always, is above-par. Cash himself wrote several of these songs, proving that he has always been one of country's premier songwriters. But he also relies on material from other well-established songwriters, namely: Bruce Springsteen, Marijohn Wilkins, and the incomparable Harlan Howard. But it doesn't really matter who wrote the song--because if Johnny Cash sang it, then Johnny Cash OWNED it.

MURDER is one of the best records out there for two major reasons: one, it explores the darker side of country music that is mostly overlooked today; and two, it's THE MAN IN BLACK!!!!! 'Nuff said.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't try this at home, kids... June 12, 2000
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You can't go wrong with a bunch of Johnny Cash songs about getting drunk and killing people. The Man in Black personally selected the cuts on this comp, and there are a few surprises among the expected homicidal classics-witness the cajun-inspired romp "Orleans Parish Prison" and Cash's nuanced cover(beautifully producd by Billy Sherill) of Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman." Other semi-obscurities include the chain gang shuffle/honky tonk boogie "Goin' to Memphis" and a delightfully twisted comic version of the traditional death house lament "Joe Beam." Though "Murder"'s concept may seem restricting, this compiltion contains enough variety and great music to please casual music fans and Johnny Cash freaks alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leave your guns at home March 11, 2005
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This is my favorite CD in Johnny Cash's Love, God, Murder trilogy. The linking theme between all the songs here is murder, of course, but that doesn't mean that it gets repetitive. The songs tackle the subject from many different perspectives. Sometimes he sings from the point of view of the killer, and sometimes he sings from the point of view of the victim. Some songs take a serious look at the subject, and some songs take a humorous look at the subject. It's a nice mix of well known and obscure songs that should appeal to most Johnny Cash fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man In Black at his darkest!!! September 29, 2004
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MURDER is a compilation of hand picked songs by THE MAN himself. Every song on this album deals with the dark side of the human persona. Since I picked up this disc, I have been listening to it for a week non-stop. A few of the songs I have heard before, but that didnt keep me from buying it. FOLSOM PRISON BLUES, COCAINE BLUES, DELIA'S GONE, MISTER GARFIELD, DONT TAKE YOUR GUNS TO TOWN, are just a few of the great tunes that are on this album. JOE BEAN is in my opinion the darkest on the album. Its about a man being hanged for a murder he didnt commit, he was robbing a train at the time. As he is being hanged, the gov. is one the phone singing happy birthday to him as he is about to die. Life cant always be pleasent, and this songs show us that. I highly suggest buying this and adding to your collection.
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