LISTEN - Johnny Cash: At San Quentin (Legacy Edition)

[29 November 2006]

By Lou Friedman

Johnny Cash: At San Quentin (Legacy Edition) [Columbia/Legacy -$39.98]

In 1969, Johnny Cash made his career-defining album—who knew it would be a live recording from inside one of the toughest prisons in the country?  At San Quentin (Legacy Edition) features the entire 31-song concert, including opening acts Carl Perkins, the Statler Brothers, and the Carter Family.  Cash’s intensity can be heard in every song, and his between-song dialogue is both funny and startling.  Standouts include “Folsom Prison Blues”, “I Walk the Line”, and the debut of Cash’s biggest pop-chart hit, “A Boy Named Sue”.  The package of two CDs also features a DVD of the show (recorded by England’s Granada TV), and a beautiful 40-page booklet.  Johnny Cash re-invented himself and his career late in life, but At San Quentin (Legacy Edition) is the best slice of the early Cash at his pinnacle. [Amazon]

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