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Ride This Train CD
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When Columbia Records first released this recording, the public assumed it was a compilation of songs about trains, due to the title and the cover showing Johhny Cash on a desert ridge holding a gun, with a train in the background. What they soon discovered was that the record contained eight tracks that gave examples of the different people that make up our great land. It uses the train as transport--complete with sound effects--to take the listener on a tour of America, through space and time, a historical travelogue combining narrations and songs.
The first track, "Loading Coal", tells the story of a boy whose father is a miner in Kentucky. Not a glamorous occupation by any means, but the boy is dreaming of the day when he can follow in his father's footsteps. The train then moves westward where we hear about John Wesley Hardin, a notorious outlaw, followed by the glimpse of the life of an old saddle tramp, "Slow Rider".
The traveling theme continues, with narration between the songs, as the music takes the listener to Oregon, timber country, where the song "Lumberjack" tells of the first day of climbing for a new high-climber.Read more ›
This is a masterpiece. It is like watching a movie. All the songs tell a different tail, but they all fit together somehow.
For a recording this old, it sounds like it was recorded yesterday. The songs are clear and Cash's voice sets far up front of the instruments.
None of these songs were ever released as singles as far as I know, so if you haven't heard the album, then most likely you haven't heard any of the songs before.
And also, most Johnny Cash fans know that in the 60's he was having voice problems that seriously hindered some of his recordings. I really take that into account when I buy his albums from that period. This album, however, was before all the voice problems, and his voice is as robust and clear as it ever was. In fact, I dare you to find a recording where Johnny is vocalizing any better than he does here.
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I remembered this from when I was a child and was very happy with the quality.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have the original vinyl album and am ordering a cd for the car. Great songs and narrations.Published 4 months ago by Thomas Butler
This is Cash's great concept album from 1962. He tied the songs together superbly and he still had that voice he had on the Sun Recordings. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J Wilson
Excellent album...classic Johnny, in his best role as narrator/singer/lyricist...he makes a great historian, who can easily vocalize the passion of any subject.Published 9 months ago by denny hanley
Very disappointed in this cd. He mostly talked before every cut. Very little music. Wound up throwing it away. Don't waste your obey on this one.Published 9 months ago by ellen dowd
This is not about the album itself (which I'd like to have), but what kind of review is "It's all talking"? Is it all spoken word?Published 14 months ago by Wolkenlaufer
Don't get me wrong its a great album but it showed up at my door with a cracked case!Published 18 months ago by Gil Williams
Ride this train (released on LP in 1960) is not a collection of train songs but an imaginary tour to various locations around America. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Peter Durward Harris