Johnny Cash

The Music of Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash is Johnny Cash, and in a way, that's all one needs to say in reviewing one of his collections, and there are hundreds of them out there. This three-disc set covers 1956 to 1984, and includes most of Cash's key commercial tracks from those three decades, starting with the early Sun recordings of the classics "I Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues" and continuing through the equally classic and undeniably lovely "I Still Miss Someone," the ominous "Five Feet High and Rising," the oddball, tongue-twisting, and completely delightful "One Piece at a Time," and the later-era Cash versions of Bob Dylan's "Wanted Man" (from 1970) and Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman" (from 1983). The end result is a nice, concise look at this American legend. Again, Johnny Cash is Johnny Cash, and that's what you get here, and that's a good thing. Hey, it's Johnny Cash.

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