Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams

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The title Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams and Other Favorite Tunes is slightly misleading, as Cash only covered four of Hank's classics on the original LP release, augmenting them with eight of his own. The bonus-tracks edition adds another two Hank songs (and three more of Cash's originals), making the theme a little more complete. Hearing one of country music's greatest artists performing the songs of another of country music's greatest artists is a real treat, and Cash's interpretations combine his own deep, soulful voice with Williams' terrific phrasing and songwriting perfectly. The other tracks on the disc read like a greatest-hits compilation, which is fine, but raises the question of who this is marketed toward. People looking to start their Man in Black collection won't be too interested in his Hank cover tunes, and hardcore Cash-o-philes already have these versions of "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Walk the Line," and "Come In Stranger." No matter what, it's a fun listen, proving that Cash could take any song, no matter how familiar the original was, and make it his own.

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