ACDelco Radiators & Heating Components 100 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shop Men's Watches Cloud Drive Photos nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums belkin All-New Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote Grocery Introducing Handmade Find the Best Purina Pro Plan for Your Pet Amazon Gift Card Offer wdftv wdftv wdftv  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 Kindle Voyage AutoRip in CDs & Vinyl Shop Now Kids Halloween
& FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 2 left in stock.
Sold by insomniacsonline and Fulfilled by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Missing shrink-wrap, activation codes for bonus online content may be missing or expired.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Lowest price: Used - Good
+ $3.99 shipping
Sold by: Seattlegoodwill
Seller Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars (149119)
Add to Cart
Lowest price: New
+ $3.99 shipping
Sold by Amazon
+ Free Shipping
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The Legend Box set

107 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, Box set, August 2, 2005
"Please retry"
$23.76 $8.44
$31.07 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 2 left in stock. Sold by insomniacsonline and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Legend
  • +
  • At Folsom Prison
  • +
  • American IV: The Man Comes Around
Total price: $47.45
Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

2005 marks the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash recordings.To celebrate this musical milestone, Columbia/Legacy are proud to release this brand new career retrospective from Johnny Cash that have been completely overseen by their only son John Carter Cash. The Legend presents 104 tracks from 1955-2002 on 4 CDs, complete with 7 unreleased tracks from the House Of Cash tape vault.

There are several Cash boxes available, but The Legend--spanning the years 1955-2002 but concentrating on his long tenure at Columbia and, to a lesser degree, his beginnings at Sun--probably belongs at the top of the list. Cash's greatest strengths are dramatized on these four, thematically programmed discs: Win, Place and Show: The Hits; Old Favorites and New; The Great American Songbook (mostly traditional songs); and Family and Friends (collaborations). For starters, consider the staggering depth and breadth of his repertoire (perhaps matched only by those of Bob Dylan and Ray Charles), embracing ancient folk tunes ("Streets of Laredo"), teen pop ("Ballad of a Teenage Queen"), mature contemporary rock ("Highway Patrolman"), gospel ("Were You There When They Crucified My Lord"), topical fare ("Ballad of Ira Hayes"), country standards ("Time Changes Everything"), novelties ("One Piece at a Time"), and more. Then there's the way his spare, spacious sound opens up to take in horns ("Ring of Fire"), strings ("Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"), anything. The Legend includes seven previously unissued sides, most prominently "It Takes One to Know Me," a stirring salute to his wife June. --John Morthland

NOTE: There is also a deluxe limited edition of The Legend, featuring a lithograph, a bonus disc, and a DVD, and housed in a 120-page, 12" x 16" hardcover book.

Disc: 1
1. I Walk The Line
2. There You Go
3. House Of The Blues
4. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen
5. Guess Things Happen That Way
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Hey Porter
2. Cry, Cry, Cry
3. Luther Played The Boogie
4. Get Rhythm
5. Give My Love To Rose
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. The Wreck Of The Old 97
2. Rock Island Line
3. Good Night Irene
4. Goodbye, Little Darlin'
5. Born To Love
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Keep In The Sunny Side
2. Diamonds In The Rough
3. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley
4. Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)
5. Another Man Done Good
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 2, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0009YNSC4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,534 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Johnny Cash Store

Visit Amazon's Johnny Cash Store
for all the music, discussions, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

149 of 157 people found the following review helpful By James Cantrell on August 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This 4 disc set is the best overview of of the career of Johnny Cash, whom I rank as the second most important Country music artist of all time and certainly one of the half dozen greatest American musical artists regardless of genre. This set is the best because it contains the most great recordings.

I have but two small quibbles with it. I greatly prefer to have the discs arranged chronologically rather than by categories. More important is that this set remains incomplete even at 4 discs. Any dedicated fan of the Man in Black will be able to name at least a half dozen songs that definitely belong here, and most could name a dozen or more. If this set had a 5th disc with some 20-25 songs selected by me, then it would be perfect, save for not being arranged chronologically.

For those who purchase this set and would like more of Cash, I recommend 'Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash' (which is NOT a collection of previously released hits), 'At Folsum Prison,' and 'At San Quentin.' The latter pair in their restored full concert glory are masterpieces of the Live record genre, and the first is, I long have believed, the best studio album Cash made: each cut being perfect as it is and where it is on the album.

'The Original Sun Albums: Complete Collection" is a virtual must for those who love 1950s Country, rockabilly, or early rock 'n' roll. 'The Complete Original Sun Singles' will suffice and costs less.

If you can find a used copy, I also recommend 'Classic Cash,' his late 1980s 20-song volume of remakes of classic recordings from the Sun and Columbia years. Some of the remakes are equal to the originals, and all are interesting.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The 104 tracks on this 4-disc box set goes a long way toward making the case for the impact Johnny Cash has had on music during a nearly fifty-year recording career. If there is a single criticism to be leveled against this collection, it's that there are few songs included after 1986-the year Columbia unceremoniously dropped him from the label. And of those seven songs, none of them are from the string of Rick Rubin-produced albums beginning with 1994's AMERICAN RECORDINGS.

Disc 1, Win Place and Show-The Hits (76:58)

As the title of this disc indicates, these are some of Cash's biggest hits and best known songs, beginning with perhaps his most enduring hit "I Walk the Line" from 1956. This was one of a string of hits Cash had while at Sun (1955-1958) recording with the Tennessee Two (guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant). Tracks 1-6 are Sun recordings. By late-1958, Cash was signed by Columbia and his popularity only increased. His 1963 Columbia single, "Ring of Fire," went to No. 1 on the country charts (and No. 17 on the pop charts).

Disc 2, Old Favorites and New (77:56)

The thematic groupings of some of these discs are a little puzzling. For example, "Cry, Cry, Cry" and "Tennessee Flat-Top Box" were huge hits; why weren't they on disc one? [Okay, it's a minor complaint.]

Again, there are several Sun recordings (tracks 1-7), including "Hey Porter" and "Get Rhythm."

There are also several tracks that illustrate Cash's willingness to work with material outside the country mainstream. On 1979's "Without Love," Cash returns to his rockabilly roots on the Nick Lowe-penned tune with Lowe on bass and Dave Edmunds on guitar.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By ProperGander News (Dr. Emil Shuffhausen) on August 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It has been said that if Mt. Rushmore could sing, it would sound like Johnny Cash. He was a living legend, and his status has only grown even greater since his passing. This latest CD box set is perhaps the most definitive, at least of his Columbia years, and it's a doozy.

Spanning 4 discs is pretty much the history of American music in the 20th Century...everything from folk, country, blues, soul, rock, patriotic Americana, gospel, novelty...songs from the mountains and the plains and the factories and the fields and the rivers and all points in between.

Johnny could (and did) take any song and make it his. His voice was that of Everyman, a little battered, a little bruised, a little sad, a little mad, a little bent...but never broken, never quitting, mostly hopeful, and oftentimes smiling that crooked smile. This box set does a masterful job of encompassing all of that, and even offers seven previously unreleased gems, such as "When I'm Gray," "Doin' My Time," and the emotionally resonant and wry "It Takes One to Know Me" (an instant classic).

One hopes that Columbia will continue to release all of the albums in their Cash catalog, especially some of his missing 70s and early 80s work. This box set is a giant step in the right direction, and will be treasured by music fans of all backgrounds and ages. Couple this set with his amazing American Recordings UNEARTHED set (and even his 20th Century Masters single disc) and you have a pretty fair overview of Johnny's life in music.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark Adams on August 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"The Legend" box set is tremendous, especially considering its offering of seven unreleased songs and several hard to find tracks, but given other recent issues of box sets, what's the point?

Consider that "Love, God, Murder... (and now) Life" was only recently issued, covering Cash's entire career, including the American Recording years, which "The Legend" overlooks.

Also consider that American Recordings issued a five disc set called "Unearthed," offering dozens of unreleased songs, and a "best of" disc of Cash's American songs.

Then there's Columbia's "The Essential Johnny Cash" (2 discs) and "The Essential Johnny Cash, 1955-1983 (3 discs).

I could also mention Sun Records unlimited issues of the Sun years, or the classic Bear Family Records, which is truly remarkable offering two versions of "Delia's Gone" to "Legend's" one.

The market for Cash "best of" sets must be growing thin. I would have vastly preferred having four discs of unreleased Cash material (apparently there's enough unreleased material of dozens of discs).

However, among the better collections of Cash's work, "The Legend" does stand out, offering songs not typically offered in box sets, while not overlooking the classics. If you don't already own a box set or much of Cash's material, this is a good set, though you'll need to buy some American Recordings to round it out. And for avid collectors, well, it does offer some unreleased material and some never-before-issued-on-CD songs.

Still, I am critical of Columbia for issuing yet another, albeit great, collection of Cash songs.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Topic From this Discussion
Johnny Cash--"One"
It's a great song indeed. It's listed as number 4 (of 14) on the album "American III: Solitary Man".
Mar 6, 2009 by Andrós |  See all 5 posts
Johnny 's song sung at the Nixon White House Be the first to reply
Is this a good place to start for someone who has never heard Johnny Cash? Be the first to reply
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The Legend
This item: The Legend
Price: $31.42
Ships from and sold by

Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: vinyl pop