The Legend (Box Set)

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The Legend (4CD)

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Johnny Cash, more than any other singer/songwriter that has ever lived, deserves the tag legend. Cash, an original in a world of imitators, garnered respect from musicians of all stripes and had an influence on nearly every genre of music. The soul rattling baritone, the canyon deep stare, the dog sly grin, the wicked sense of humor, all these things made the 'Man in Black' a giant in Nashville and beyond. The Legend collects 104 of Cash's recordings on four CDs.

Whether he was cutting traditional folk songs ("The Wreck Of The Old 97," "The Streets Of Laredo") or numbers by Hank Williams and Bob Dylan ("I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Forever Young"), Cash sounded like no other. Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman" becomes a haunting tale of regret and surrender when sifted through Cash's husky voice. Tracks like "Goodnight Irene" and the controversial "Cocaine Blues" may have come from the blues world, but Cash turned them into country songs. The latter track, recorded live at Folsom Prison in 1968, rings with the raw emotion of a man who knew all too well about addiction.

From the boom-chicka-boom of such Cash classics as "Big River" and "Cry, Cry, Cry," to witty hits "A Boy Named Sue" and "One Piece At Time," The Legend exposes all sides of the 'Man in Black.' The Christian side of Cash shows up on "Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)," performed here with the Carter Family, and "If I Were A Carpenter," a duet with wife June Carter Cash. The flesh side of Cash is present on the tormented "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "Folsom Prison Blues," on which Cash sings the famous line: "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die."

Producer Gregg Geller searched through hundreds of tapes to come up with seven unreleased tracks, including the rollicking "Doin' My Time " and a dusty-throated version of "I've Been Working On The Railroad." Rodney Crowell's "I'm Never Gonna Roam Again" and Billy Joe Shaver's "You Can't Beat Jesus Christ" are standout cuts among the unreleased tracks. "Ring Of Fire," "Highwayman," "Man In Black," "I Still Miss Someone," along with later recordings "Tears In The Holston River" and "September When It Comes," are just a few highlights on a collection with far too many to mention.

The set includes a nicely designed booklet with dozens of photos, a lengthy essay from Patrick Carr and extensive song credits. The Legend is arguably the best Johnny Cash retrospective ever assembled.

By Todd Sterling

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Artist: Johnny Cash
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 4
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.95
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.7 x 0.8 x 10.0
Walmart No.: 847362
UPC: 0082796928022
1. I Walk The Line
2. There You Go
3. Home Of The Blues
4. Ballad Of A Teenage Queen
5. Guess Things Happen That Way
6. The Ways Of A Woman In Love
7. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
8. Ring Of Fire
9. The Matador
10. Understand Your Man
11. The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
12. Orange Blossom Special
13. The One On The Right Is On The Left
14. Rosanna's Going Wild
15. Folsom Prison Blues
16. Daddy Sang Bass
17. A Boy Named Sue
18. What Is Truth
19. Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
20. Flesh And Blood
21. Man In Black
22. A Thing Called Love
23. Kate
24. Oney
25. Any Old Wind That Blows
26. One Piece At A Time
27. (Ghost) Riders In The Sky
28. Hey Porter
29. Cry, Cry, Cry
30. Luther Played The Boggie
31. Get Rhythm
32. Give My Love To Rose
33. I Was There When It Happened
34. Big River
35. I Still Miss Someone
36. Pickin' Time
37. The Man On The Hill
38. Five Feet High And Rising
39. Tennessee Flat-Top Box
40. I Got Stripes
41. Troublesome Waters
42. The Long Black Veil
43. Dark As A Dungeon
44. The Wall
45. 25 Minutes To Go
46. Cocaine Blues
47. Doin' My Time
48. I Will Rock And Roll WIth You
49. Without Love
50. The Big Light
51. Highway Patrolman
52. I'm Never Gonna Roam Again
53. When I'm Gray
54. Forever Young
55. The Wreck Of The Old 97
56. Rock Island Line
57. Goodnight Irene
58. Goodby, Little Darlin'
59. Born To Lose
60. Walking The Blues
61. Frankie's Man, Johnny
62. Delia's Gone
63. In The Jailhouse Now
64. Waiting For A Train
65. Casey Jones
66. The Legend Of John Henry's Hammer
67. I've Been Working On The Railroad
68. Sweet Betsy From Pike
69. The Streets Of Laredo
70. Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie
71. Down In The Valley
72. Wabash Cannonball
73. The Great Speckle Bird
74. Wildwood Flower
75. Cotton Fields
76. Pick A Bale O' Cotton
77. Old Shep
78. I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
79. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
80. Time Changes Everything
81. Keep On The Sunny Side
82. Diamonds In The Rough
83. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley
84. Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)
85. Another Man Done Gone - Johnny Cash & Anita Carter
86. Pick The Wildwood Flower
87. Jackson
88. If I Were A Carpenter
89. Girl From The North Country
90. One More Ride
91. You Can't Beat Jesus Christ
92. There Ain't No Good Chain Gang - Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings
93. We Ought To Be Ashamed
94. Crazy Old Soldier - Featuring Ray Charles
95. Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine
96. Who's Gene Autry?
97. The Night Hank Williams Came To Town
98. I Walk The Line (Revisted)
99. Highwayman - Featuring Kris Kristofferson
100. The Wanderer
101. September When It Comes
102. Tears In The Holston River
103. Far Side Banks Of Jordan
104. It Takes One To Know Me

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This was a gift for F-i-L and he loves it. He could not get over all the songs on the CD's and how long they each play. He is very pleased

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I bought this cd set for my boyfriend and was very pleased with it's content. It had everything I wanted from it.

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