Setlist: The Very Best Of Johnny Cash Live

July 13, 2010 | Format: MP3

$7.99
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  • Original Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Release Date: July 13, 2010
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 42:15
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  • ASIN: B003UJJ8RO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,268 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on July 24, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The Legacy division of Sony continues to explore new ways to keep the CD relevant. Their Playlist series was the first out of the gate with eco-friendly packaging that used 100% recycled cardboard, no plastic, and on-disc PDFs in place of paper booklets. Their new Setlist series follows the same path of a single disc that provide an aficionado's snapshot of an artist's catalog. In this case the anthologies turn from the studio to the stage, pulling together tracks from an artist's live repertoire, generally all previously released, but in a few cases adding previously unreleased items. As with the Playlist collections, the Setlist discs aren't greatest hits packages; instead, they forgo some obvious catalog highlights to give listeners a chance to hear great, lesser-known songs from the artist's stage act.

Johnny Cash's volume of Setlist features fourteen tracks drawn from only five years of performing, 1968-72, yet the range of venues and audiences shows off the breadth of Cash as a performer and entertainer. In addition to his two iconic live albums recorded at Folsom and San Quentin Prison, Cash also performed for down home audiences at the Ryman Auditorium and uptown city slickers at Madison Square Garden. He sang for Swedish prisoners and American presidents, and hosted a national television show that bridged hippies and squares. Everything here has been issued before, but unlike the full-concert albums and videos, this collection gives a sense of Cash's universality, rather than the depth with which he connected to each specific audience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy D. Johnson on September 13, 2010
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What more can be said about the greatness of this man, Johnny Cash? Anytime you see the name Cash, you know it is top quality, the very best.

Johnny Cash's music was such a personal thing with him, it was who he was and was a representation of his personal beliefs. The quality of his music and uniqueness of his voice made every recording a standout.

And then there is this offering, Setlist:The Very Best of Johnny Cash Live. What makes this even better is this is live performances which adds even more of a personal touch. These selections are top-notch, the Best of the best. It is such a pleasure to again listen to the Man in Black telling stories of the comman man, the down-trodden and the lives of those for whom life has been a struggle.

For those who have somehow never heard his music, you have to check this one out to experience what made Johnny Cash such a unique personality. And for his fans, this is another amazing adventure and celebration of the life of this man, The Man in Black!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 31, 2010
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Johnny Cash
"Setlist: The Very Best Of Johnny Cash"
(Columbia Legacy, 2010)
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A potpourri of live performances from the late, great Man In Black, Johnny Cash. Of course, Cash released so many iconic concert albums -- San Quentin, Folsom Prison, etc. -- that much of this collection may seem redundant, although there are still some surprises. For example, this disc leans heavily on his lesser-known album from Osteraker prison in Sweden, as well as the recently released, totally magnificent Madison Square Garden record, and a Nixon-era White House performance (of "What Is Truth," no less!) It's a nice compilation of his live gigs from 1968-72, certainly worth checking out if you don't already have a lot of his stuff. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Country Music)
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Music: 5 stars; Compilation: 4.5 stars; Economic value for the buck: 4 stars.

I admit upfront that I am not a die-hard Johnny Cash. I like him, but doesn't everyone? When I saw this album the other day, I was intrigued by the premise (PRISON recordings!) and decided to pick it up. I am familiar of course with the legendary Folsom Prison album, and figured this would add nicely to it.

"Setlist: The Very Best Prison Recordings of Johnny Cash" (12 tracks; 34 min.) is complied from the three "prison" albums that Cash has released: the 1968 Folsom Prison album, the 1969 San Quentin album, and the relative obscure (but for the Cash die-hard) 1973 Pa Osteraker album, recorded in Sweden. The 5 tracks from Folsom Prison include one nice surprise, namely "Greystone Chapel", which according to the CD's excellent liner notes, is "a song written by a Folsom inmate that was heard and recorded by Cash virtually on the spot in '68", wow! The Pa Osteraker album contributes 4 songs, including a rocking "The Prisoner's Song". The San Quentin album provides 3 songs, including ironically "Folsom Prison Blues". Cash and his band sound great throughout these recordings, and I was also struck by the high audio quality of these recordings, keeping in mind these were recorded some 40-45 years ago.

In all, this is quite the album! The only negative with this album is that at a mere 34 min., this flies by in no time and you wish there was more. Then again, this is being sold at a very fan-friendly price, intended for/aimed at the casual Johnny Cash fan such as myself. I can only assume that the record label is hoping that after you've heard this, you are tempted to check out the individual "prison" albums. Bottom line: "Setlist: The Very Best Prison Recordings of Johnny Cash" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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