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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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I rented this CD from the Library and fell in love and purchased the cd. Well written songs specifically dealing with poverty, prison system, captial punishment, suicide, man's... Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by kgonzalez
all 16 songs on this album are all about murder.its pretty cool.folsom prison blues and austin prison obviously. Read morePublished on September 25, 2004 by abe
I have not listen to Johnny Cash since I was a child. After listening to Mike Ness "Cheating at Solitaire" I decided to listen to one of Ness's Idols The Man in Black. Read morePublished on October 8, 2000 by Brad Landis