Cash, Johnny: At Folsom Prison (Vinyl 2xLP)

Cash, Johnny: At Folsom Prison (Vinyl 2xLP)

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Folsom Prison looms large in Johnny Cash's legacy, providing the setting for perhaps his definitive song and the location for his definitive album, At Folsom Prison.

The ideal blend of myth making and gritty reality, At Folsom Prison is the moment when Cash turned into the towering Man in Black, a haunted troubadour singing songs of crime, conflicted conscience, and jail. Surely, this dark outlaw stance wasn't a contrivance but it was an exaggeration, with Cash creating this image by tailoring his set list to his audience of prisoners, filling up the set with tales of murder and imprisonment - a bid for common ground with the convicts, but also a sly way to suggest that maybe Cash really did shoot a man in Reno just to watch him die.

Given the cloud of death that hangs over the songs on At Folsom Prison, there's a temptation to think of it as a gothic, gloomy affair or perhaps a repository of rage, but what's striking about Cash's performance is that he never romanticises either the crime or the criminals: if anything, he underplays the seriousness with his matter-of-fact ballad delivery or how he throws out wry jokes. Cash is relating to the prisoners and he's entertaining them too, singing 'Cocaine Blues' like a bastard on the run, turning a death sentence into literal gallows humour on '25 Minutes to Go', playing 'I Got Stripes' as if it were a badge of pride.

Never before had his music seemed so vigorous as it does here, nor had he tied together his humour, gravity, and spirituality in one record. In every sense, it was a breakthrough, but more than that, At Folsom Prison is the quintessential Johnny Cash album, the place where his legend burns bright and eternal.

2015 reissue.

  1. Opening Announcements From Hugh Cherry
  2. Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes
  3. The Statler Brothers – This Ole House
  4. Announcements And Johnny Cash Intro From Hugh Cherry
  5. Folsom Prison Blues
  6. Busted
  7. Dark As A Dungeon
  8. I Still Miss Someone
  9. Cocaine Blues
  10. 25 Minutes To Go
  11. I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail
  12. Orange Blossom Special
  13. The Long Black Veil
  14. Send A Picture Of Mother
  15. The Wall
  16. Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog
  17. Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart
  18. Joe Bean
  19. Jackson
  20. I Got A Woman
  21. The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer
  22. June's Poem
  23. Green, Green Grass Of Home
  24. Greystone Chapel
  25. Closing Announcements

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