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4.0 out of 5 stars Cash in the '70s -- a great time to be a fan
"Ragged Old Flag" is a pleasurable album to listen to on many levels, a period-piece that holds up well in Johnny Cash's extensive catalog. First, it showcases Cash at a vibrant, conscious period of his career in the early- to mid-'70s. His baritone voice is warm and full, his songs are lyrically thought-provoking and easy on the ears, and his vision and demeanor seem...
Published on September 28, 2003 by Sal Nudo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Patriotic Album
Disappointed there was only the one patriotic song.
Published 7 days ago by Karen Lynn Hamilton


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4.0 out of 5 stars Cash in the '70s -- a great time to be a fan, September 28, 2003
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Sal Nudo (Champaign, Illinois) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ragged Old Flag (Audio CD)
"Ragged Old Flag" is a pleasurable album to listen to on many levels, a period-piece that holds up well in Johnny Cash's extensive catalog. First, it showcases Cash at a vibrant, conscious period of his career in the early- to mid-'70s. His baritone voice is warm and full, his songs are lyrically thought-provoking and easy on the ears, and his vision and demeanor seem focused; you can tell he was an authentic working man who admired other working men and women. And, though Cash was well-known for covering the work of other great artists' songs, on "Ragged Old Flag" every song is his own, written exclusively by him -- and the results are great.

The fiercely proud, storytelling title track is an ode to past American wars, and the song's prose is stunning. Cash succinctly sums up, in his heartfelt way, the hardships "Old Glory" has endured through the many years and wars this country has fought, through the eyes of a smalltown gentleman who's been around for a while. "Don't Go Near the Water" is a simple song where Cash is fishing with his young son, lamenting the growing deterioration of the water's content, speaking to the larger issue of worsening environmental conditions in the U.S. at that time. However, this 29-minute record is far from a political diatribe, as most of the songs are classic Cash tunes that speak to good old-fashioned middle-Americans, living ordinary lives. "All I Do is Drive" is about the grueling life on the road of a semi driver; "King of the Hill" deals with climbing up the ladder at work; "Pie in the Sky" talks about death; "While I've Got it on my Mind" speaks volumes about the benefits of marriage; "I'm a Worried Man" talks about the worry that's involved when there's young mouths to feed and not enough currency in the household. Interspersed with this sing-along campfire music is the background vocals from the legendary Oak Ridge Boys (see The Definitive Collection (Oak Ridge Boys), whose presence lends a lushness to the otherwise stark but worthy Cash-written songs.

Overall, it's just simply hard not to like this simplistic album that not only captured a time period, but also captures Cash at a poignant moment in his long, storied career. While many of Cash's older live albums, and his later Rick Rubin-produced records get more attention (see American V: A Hundred Highways), "Ragged Old Glory" is a fantastic starting point to discover the Man in Black's admirable mindset and great music.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful political album, February 25, 2003
This review is from: Ragged Old Flag (Audio CD)
Ol' Johnny really had a few bones to pick on this issue-oriented album, which reflects the disillusionment and disaffection of Middle America in the post-Watergate era. Environmental collapse, unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse and patriotism are all adressed, with Cash adopting a somewhat aggrieved tone, an exasperated insistence that us folks could probably all pull together and make things a lot better than they've been. A good album, although a bit more "message-y" than his work tends to be. The title track is a classic country recitation, while the rest of the record has plenty of solid music to back it up... and plenty of powerful lyrics, many with real emotional punch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I don't like to brag., August 28, 2006
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This album was released in 1974. Believe it or not, it was the first album on which Johnny Cash wrote all the songs himself. "Ragged Old Flag" was the single from the album. It's a great, patriotic song, but it only reached a disappointing #31 on the Country chart. Most of the other songs on the album are good, adressing subjects like the environment, the working man, prison and the Lord. Fans of The Man in Black should enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ragged Old Flag great song, December 13, 2013
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Just what I wanted from this CD. Mainly ordered for the one song but others were also good Would recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars brings back old johnny cash, April 3, 2013
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the songs brought back memorys its good to rember our flag in these times

and the option of geting them in digital form as well as the cd was a nice deal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Cash Ragged Old Flag., March 24, 2013
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Alexander Berkenhoff (EPHRATA, PA United States) - See all my reviews
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Title says it all. His selections on this CD is well worth the buying. Going to buy more as presents.
Well worth having in your Johnny Cash Collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, December 31, 2012
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Great. Who could not enjoy Johnny Cash. Wish more people still had this patriotism. A must have for any collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I think this is Cash's Best Album, January 9, 2014
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This is Johnny's best album, end to end, in my opinion. Many of his other albums have wonderful moments, great songs that are unfortunately surrounded by less stellar stuff. But as a package, this is truly is a wonderful album. The production is perfect, not overdone, the songs are brilliant, daring, well written and poignant. I love this album, I bought it about ten years ago and its been a great friend to me through many stages of my life. Highest recommendation for all fans of great country music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars J. Cash, March 16, 2012
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Had a lot of hard to find older songs. Very sastified with this product. Arrived in good shape and played with no problems
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cash fans and Patriots, January 20, 2011
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This recording is for Cash fans and Patriots, hard for me to see a difference. This is an update of an LP that seeks retirement.
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