Johnny Cash

The EP Collection

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This compilation gathers together EP recordings by Johnny Cash from his Sun Records period that ended in 1958. The disc does a better job than any "greatest hits" in presenting a portrait of Cash's lean, mean, rockabilly rebel days. Cash's patented "boom-chicka-boom" sound is presaged here, as his acoustic rhythm guitar plays off the slap bass and angular guitar lines of his "Tennessee Two" (by '58, the addition of a drummer made it the Tennessee Three).

There are plenty of Cash's early hits here, including the devotional, key-modulating "I Walk the Line," the vengeful, hard-hearted "Cry, Cry, Cry," and the rockabilly anthem "Get Rhythm." But while those tunes are available on any number of Cash collections, this batch offers great lesser-known tunes, from the "Heartbreak Hotel" cousin "Home of the Blues" to a passel of tunes by Cash inspiration Hank Williams. For the meat of Cash's early work along with chart-toppers, try this highly recommended disc.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:46
2 2:28
3 1:52
4
2:48
5 2:40
6 2:45
7 2:11
8 2:24
9 1:43
10 2:13
11 2:18
12 1:45
13 1:41
14
1:47
15 2:50
16 2:39
17
1:51
18 2:16
19
2:40
20
1:59
21
2:25
22 2:38
23
2:16
24 2:32
25 2:12
26 2:18
27 2:19
28 2:14
29 2:15
30 2:29
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