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The Fabulous Johnny Cash Original recording remastered


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These 18 tracks (12 of them from the original 1959 LP, The Fabulous Johnny Cash, and 6 of them recorded during the same sessions, but previously unreleased in the U.S.) captured Cash during a particularly vital period of his long, illustrious career. Cash first broke through in the mid-`50s with his now-trademark "boom-chicka-boom" rhythms and sonorous, drawling baritone on Memphis's Sun Records; these are the earliest recordings from his nearly three decades on the Columbia label. Demonstrating an energy and down-home diversity that would later become even more fully realized, Cash herein moves deftly from introspective ballads (his original "Run Softly, Blue River") and railroad songs ("One More Ride") to cowboy ballads (his sardonic original, "Don't Take Your Guns to Town") and stoic laments like "I Still Miss Someone." In the process, he refines a vivid musical persona that more or less became synonymous with country music in the 1960s. --Bob Allen

1. Run Softly, Blue River
2. Frankie's Man, Johnny
3. That's All Over
4. The Troubador
5. One More Ride
6. That's Enough
7. I Still Miss Someone
8. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
9. I'd Rather Die Young
10. Pickin' Time
11. Shepherd Of My Heart
12. Suppertime
13. Oh What A Dream take 1
14. Mama's Baby
15. Fool's Hall Of Fame
16. I'll Remember You
17. Cold Shoulder
18. Walkin' The Blues

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  • Audio CD (March 19, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1958
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000636US
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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I particularly like his version of Frankie and Johnny.
Peter Durward Harris
Most of the other songs on the album are very good, particularly "One More Ride", "That's Enough" and "Pickin' Time".
Johnny Heering
If you like any Johnny Cash or heartfelt music of any kind, you should get this CD.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William E. Adams on July 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you even think of yourself as a casual Johnny Cash fan, do yourself a favor and buy this 2002 reissue of the first record Johnny did for Columbia in late 1958. It marks his "major label" debut, his deliberate turn from rockabilly/rock 'n roll to country, gospel and folk songs, and the start of 28 consecutive years making big money with, and for, the company. This remastered disc, with six bonus tracks from the same two-month studio stint that resulted in the 12 original cuts, is really done right. The CD features the original cover and liner notes, plus a nice booklet and updated, detailed notes, and several period photos of John in performance. This effort was not only historically important for Johnny Cash, it was historic for me, too. I bought it when I was 14 and it was hot off the vinyl press. It was my first Cash album, my first stereo LP, and I liked 11 of the 12 songs (Only "Suppertime" seemed weak to me.) Somewhere around the early 70's, my copy vanished. It was almost worn out, the cover was torn up by my many relocations, but I have no memory of what happened to it. When I saw a few weeks ago via Amazon that it had been re-released on CD, I couldn't resist, but not just for nostalgia. The songs are good, the singing strong, and the guitar and bass from Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant and guitar from John himself are all wonderful. The only "dated" feel in the record are the backing vocals by the Jordanaires. Back in those days, "backing vocals" were thought to be vital on all kinds of records, pop, rock and country included. For instance, Buddy Holly's hits had them, and many of Elvis's too. In some songs, the vocal choruses do add some interest and contrast, but more often, to today's ear, they could easily be eliminated.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Randall on August 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
My dad had this record while I was growing up. It was one of only two or three that I was allowed to put on the turntable myself. I listened to it all the the time. At about age 8 or 9 I started getting into Rock n Roll (the Beatles, Stones, Who, etc.) and this record kinda just disappeared from the the stack of records we had. I hadn't heard this record for over 30 years. I recently found this cd... and ordered it immediatley. I could'nt believe how much I've missed these tunes. 'Run Softly Blue River' sounds so beautiful still. That opening 'C' note on the electric guitar still makes me cringe. It was Johnny's guitar player ( I think it's Luther Perkins on this one) that turned me on to Rock players like George Harrison and Keith Richards. And Johnny's voice...........Oh my god, WHAT A VOICE! For me, this record is where it all started. My love for Rock n Roll music started here. Say what you may, but this is an early Rock n Roll record. I highly recommend this one...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James L. on April 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This, the first Johnny Cash LP on Columbia, was the first to present him as the multi-faceted artist he always was. One of the best things about it is the variety of material, from pop songs, rockabilly/honky tonk, ballad, and gospel as well as the variety of emotion, swaggering, wistful, wary, fervent, heartbroken, you name it.
It starts off in a country-pop vein with the first four tunes, all good but more lightweight feeling. But with song number five, the hopped-up wanderlust anthem One More Ride, the record picks up and doesn't let up until it drops you off sweetly with Suppertime. Without a doubt, That's Enough is the highlight of the record. It wasn't the first gospel number Cash recorded at Columbia, but the euphoria and catharsis of Johnny proclaiming "I've got Jesus, and that's enough" are so palpable you'd think he just saw the light right then and there. It never fails to give me goosebumps. The remaining cuts vary in tempo and style but they never let up on that emotional intensity. A perfectly programed album.
The bonus tracks are all very strong, especially Walking the Blues and Mama's Baby, a great pop number.
If you like any Johnny Cash or heartfelt music of any kind, you should get this CD. It's the real deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on May 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Columbia's year-long reissue program, celebrating Cash's seventieth birthday, began in February with the release of "The Essential Johnny Cash," and continues with enhanced releases of several crucial original LPs. Each album is remastered, and expanded with new essays, bonus tracks and a newly penned introduction from Cash.
Cash's 1959 Columbia debut, "The Fabulous Johnny Cash," picks up where the Sun recordings left off, though in superbly recorded stereo. The Tennessee Two (Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant), augmented by a studio drummer and the Jordanaires, support Cash as he invents the Americana songbook. Country and western ("I Still Miss Someone" "Don't Take Your Guns to Town"), train songs ("One More Ride"), rural celebrations ("Pickin' Time") and gospel tunes ("That's Enough") form a seamless blend under Cash's command. Bonus tracks include the superb acoustic backed, "Walkin' the Blues."
Over the decades, Cash's sound, forged on his very first single at Sun, has proven a remarkably spacious and fertile ground in which to develop his genre-bounding songbook. Given the depth and breadth of his catalog, a compilation, such as "The Essential Johnny Cash" serves as a Cliff's Notes introduction, while the original LPs provide richly detailed chapters in the story of an American musical icon.
4-1/2 stars, if Amazon allowed fractional ratings.
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