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The Legend of Johnny Cash

Johnny CashAudio CD
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Cry! Cry! Cry!Johnny Cash 2:24Album Only
listen  2. Hey PorterJohnny Cash 2:13Album Only
listen  3. Folsom Prison BluesJohnny Cash 2:50Album Only
listen  4. I Walk The Line (Single Version)Johnny Cash 2:44Album Only
listen  5. Get RhythmJohnny Cash 2:13Album Only
listen  6. Big RiverJohnny Cash 2:31Album Only
listen  7. Guess Things Happen That Way (1958 Single Version)Johnny Cash 1:50Album Only
listen  8. Ring Of Fire (Album Version)Johnny Cash 2:36Album Only
listen  9. JacksonJune Carter 2:46Album Only
listen10. A Boy Named SueJohnny Cash 3:46Album Only
listen11. Sunday Morning Coming DownJohnny Cash 4:07Album Only
listen12. Man In Black (Single Version)Johnny Cash 2:52Album Only
listen13. One Piece At A TimeJohnny Cash 4:01Album Only
listen14. Highwayman (Album Version)Willie Nelson 3:03Album Only
listen15. The Wanderer [feat. Johnny Cash]U2 4:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Delia's Gone (Album Version)Johnny Cash 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Rusty Cage (Album Version)Johnny Cash 2:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. I've Been Everywhere (Album Version)Johnny Cash 3:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Give My Love To Rose (Album Version)Johnny Cash 3:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. The Man Comes Around (Early Take)Johnny Cash 3:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen21. Hurt (Album Version)Johnny Cash 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 


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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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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000BISBDY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This introduction to the Man in Black's catalog is about as fine a one as can be found on one disc, primarily because the 21 classic tracks span J.R. Cash's entire career, from his first rockabilly single, "Hey, Porter"/"Cry! Cry! Cry!" (Sun Records, 1955), to his last significant alt-country tracks (American Recordings, 2003). Though Cash had his peaks and valleys in the studio, what shines brightly on this collection is how constant--how unwavering--his creativity remained, whether he was writing and performing original material or interpreting the work of others. His voice, too, remained a majestic thing of wonder, even as Cash often sang off-beat; settled his bass-baritone somewhere around, if not on the note; and cared more about power and emotion than strict rules of measure--something that became especially important as illness changed his great oaken voice into a frail instrument. In this way, he was able to infuse novelty songs ("One Piece at a Time," "A Boy Named Sue") with undeniable cool and maintain the poetry of Kris Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Coming Down" even in the awful advent of a gloppy, too-peppy string section. Other chestnuts here take on new dimension in retrospect. "Jackson," a duet with wife June Carter Cash, seemed almost comedic ("hotter than a pepper sprout") when it was released, but now reveals the couple's own white-hot sexuality, primarily in June's elegant, if straightahead vocal. The surprise of The Legend of Johnny Cash is how seamlessly the newer material blends with the seminal, and how full-circle it sometimes comes: Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" doesn't seem markedly different from the quietly defiant songs that Cash defined himself with in the '50s and early '60s. Yet the compilation producers, like Cash himself, saved the best for last. "Hurt," Trent Reznor's poignant meditation on addiction, is devastating as written, but becomes a thing of terrible beauty in the ailing Cash's ravaged, autobiographical delivery. Sequenced as the final cut on the album, it ends with a kind of shocking void; stunning in its intensity, dropping the listener off a cliff of something very akin to grief. No artist, no matter what genre, could have planned a more haunting exit. --Alanna Nash

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Johnny Cash's death at age 71 on September 12, 2003, nearly four months after the passing of his beloved wife and musical partner June Carter Cash, closed a career spanning nearly an even half a century. It launched a worldwide groundswell of grief and media attention comparable to that for a deceased head of state. Cash was far more than one of country music's greatest stars. While his lonesome baritone defied fad or fashion, his charismatic presence and flinty integrity made him an American cultural icon, a regular presence on TV, radio and in dramatic films, admired by the Greatest Generation through Gen-X and beyond. This Fall, 20th Century Fox will be releasing a film on November 18, 2005 based on the first 30 years of Johnny Cash's life. The film features several of the songs that appear on The Legend Of Johnny Cash including 'Cry! Cry! Cry!', 'Hey Porter', 'Folsom Prison Blues', 'I Walk The Line', 'Get Rhythm', 'Ring Of Fire' and his duet with June Carter 'Jackson'. Hip-O. 2005.

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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The recently released "Legend of Johnny Cash" compilation is the first single-disc collection to cover the legendary Man In Black's entire career. While it would take literally a half-dozen CDs or more to cover every important piece of music Cash has made, this compilation offers the basics and is an excellent overview of his most important and classic work. The legendary Sun records hits, "Cry Cry Cry", "Hey Porter", "I Walk The Line" and "Folsum Prison Blues" are included here as well as "A Boy Named Sue", "Ring Of Fire" and "Highwayman" (his collaboration with Country legends Kris Kristoferson, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson). Also included is Johnny's cameo appearance from U2's 1993 "Zooropa" album, "The Wanderer" and to close out the disc, there are several tracks from his American Records series with producer Rick Rubin including the final hit "Hurt" (originally by Nine Inch Nails).

With that said, "the Legend of Johnny Cash" is an essential collection and offers an excellent brief history lesson of his most acclaimed work. For the few who have never heard of Johnny Cash, this CD is an excllent introduction to his music. For everyone else, this is probably the best collection of Cash music to date.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well, there's things that never will be right I know March 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I own some of Johnny Cash's older albums as well as the spectacular 2-CD The Essential Johnny Cash. But since I didn't have any of his American recordings he did with Rick Rubin, I got The Legend of Johnny Cash for the six songs representing those albums. It's rather obvious that this collection was aimed at young people who have heard and liked Cash's music but wouldn't otherwise be caught dead in the record store's country music section (and who am I kidding; that includes me).

In that sense, it's a good CD. It includes the biggest of Cash's big hits: "Cry, Cry, Cry," "I Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire," "Hurt," etc. But as a definitive greatest-hits collection, The Legend of Johnny Cash falls well short. "I Still Miss Someone," "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," "The Rebel- Johnny Yuma," "The One on the Right is on the Left," and (probably most bafflingly) "Daddy Sang Bass" are all absent from here. What's more, "Folsom Prison Blues" is the *studio* version- anyone at all can tell you that the definitive version is the live version recorded at Folsom Prison itself. This CD is only an hour long- that leaves plenty of time for more deserving cuts. The six American Recordings songs collected here are all great, and I think I'm going to spring for the albums themselves. "The Wanderer," featuring U2, also made it on here; I think that's one of Cash's best ever.

If you want a single-disc Johnny Cash collection, you could do worse. But I still think that The Essential Johnny Cash is a better bet. Even though there's no American Recordings material on there, it still includes every other song this collection does, plus many, many more great songs.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new find December 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have never been a big fan of country music. My main music of choice is of the heavy metal genre such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, and newer groups like nine inch nails, and the harder edged industrial stuff. I always thought Johnny Cash was kind of cool, but until today I never really listened closely to his music. I recently became curious about the CD, and was happy to get it as a Xmas gift. I went for a ride on this cold, cloudy day in late December, and it could not be a better day to introduce myself to the man in black's music. All I can say is this Cd, of what are his classic songs, is just brilliant, and timeless - a very enjoyable listen. The CD is a real gem, and I would suggest anyone who is even the least bit curious about Cash to go out and get this. To me, it's a work of art that deserves a spot on my shelf right alongside the other CDs from varoius genres that I consider essential classics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A JOHNNY CASH PRIMER! December 30, 2005
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For those who are still unaware, Johnny Cash is a true American legend. His music has defied category, which makes it as easily accessible to fans of Kenney Chesney and Coldplay as it is to fans of Metallica and Eminem. For those interested in hearing his music, then "The Legend of Johnny Cash" is a fine place to start.

Spanning his entire recording carrer, which lasted from 1955 to 2003, the listener gets to hear Cash grow both musically and lyrically. On these 21 tracks, we get a glimpse of his life and legend. There are no standout songs on here. For me, it is really hard to pick a favorite song from Johnny Cash, as they are all classics.

If you're a new fan of Johnny Cash, then this is definitely a must-have CD. As for longtime fans, you, too will not be disappointed.

Grade: A+
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Zengrrl
Format:Audio CD
I just bought this album this last weekend and have listened to it a number of times since. It is absolutely fantastic. As other reviewers have noted here, this is the perfect single disk collection of his work. I have a random mix of a couple of his albums plus some "greatest hits" disks, but none have come close to this one in encompassing his career and giving you nearly every track you would probably be looking for.

If you are a pretty serious Johnny Cash fan, then you almost certainly have all of these songs, so this disk may not be a "must have" for you. If, however, you are like me, a casual fan looking for a solid collection of his hits, then this is most definitely the one for you. Pick it up, you will not be disappointed.
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Published 3 days ago by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man in Black
This a wonderful mix that will please the Johnny Cash fan and the sole who is just learning about what this talented man had to offer the world.
Published 3 days ago by L Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
We lost a great artist in Mr. Cash. This album is great and is fun to just listen to all the time!
Published 6 days ago by Lizabeth Dickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Bought this for my husband. He loves Johnny Cash. So yup excellent album. Came on time. No complaints here. Works great.
Published 6 days ago by Jodi Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Cash is an icon.
What is to dislike. All of his music is very good. This was added to my truck listening and is perfect for driving.
"A Man named Sue" still causes me to laugh. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Sharon C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album and a great place to start if you're new to Cash
It has a good variety of his great songs. Obviously there are plenty of songs others would have liked to see on this album but it's a fantastic list nonetheless. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Rudy
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliably good entertainment
I very nice selection of Johnny's songs. Some that are not on the usual greatest hits but a pleasure to listen to. And some very favourites, famailar friends. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Jan's Thoughts
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legend Of Johnny Cash
Great selection of songs by the man in black. Brings back great memories. The man and his music. I will be buying Legend 2.
Published 25 days ago by John Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
This has to be one of the best CD's I own. Johnny Cash was a story teller like no other and you can listen to this CD hundreds of times and never tire of his greatness.
Published 25 days ago by Jason
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Cash
This album is a nice assortment of songs from Mr. Cash. Well done and quite enjoyable. I recommend it to all.
Published 29 days ago by muti
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