Johnny Cash “The Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958”

Album Reviews | Nov 8th, 2005

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Record Label: Time Life Records
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In the past few years, I’ve become a huge Johnny Cash fan. I’m still discovering many albums and things about the man, so I was really looking forward to this album. This Time Life Records’ box set contains 61 songs Cash wrote during the Sun Studios years. There are a few songs on here that made him famous, and songs he ended up playing his whole life like “Walk the Line” and “Folsom Prison Blues.” This release comes out in a timely fashion, since the biopic about the Man in Black, “Walk the Line” has just been released. I haven’t seen the film yet but I can’t wait to see it though. I heard good things though.

The recordings of Johnny Cash’s at Sun were remastered and contain a lot of outtakes or false starts to songs. There’s many boxsets and compilations featuring his music; this one contains the songs in their original, raw form. Fans will love this set just for that alone. The songs are incredible to listen to and I love the early Cash stuff. His music back then, was more rockabilly and I like that more than the country tunes. Though my favorite era for Johnny Cash was when he recorded “Ring of Fire.” That song alone got me into his music, and sadly was only right around when he died.

I really don’t know what else to say that you already don’t know about Johnny Cash & this boxset. You know the way he sings, plays his GEE-TAR, and you know his songs. This album follows his earlier stuff and it’s something to own if you don’t already have these songs on CD. I’m glad Time Life released this three disc boxset because I don’t own these songs on CD yet.

Bottom Line: An excellent box set filled with classic Cash songs
Notable Tracks: Hey Porter, Folsom Prison Blues, Next in Line, I Walk the Line, Wreck of the Old 97, Life Goes On, Hey Good Lookin
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