Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Johnny Cash - Murder
A great compilation of classic Cash bad-guy songs. I have been ignoring my Johnny Cash collection as of late and hope to remedy this in the coming months.
"The legendary Johnny Cash experienced something of a renaissance in the 1990s, fanned by a trilogy of theme collections of his past work: LOVE, GOD, and MURDER. In MURDER he explores the dark side of humanity, singing of those who, because of love, greed, anger or circumstance, commit that most irrevocable deed. Cash doesn't romanticize crime and criminals; he simply sings about their lives and stories. Nor does he moralize. Cash becomes the conduit for pieces of sad and unfortunate history. "Mister Garfield" recounts a Presidential assassination, while Bruce Springsteen's "Highway Patrolman" is a disquieting tale of two brothers on opposite sides of the law. "Joe Bean" is a tale of a murderer being executed for a killing he didn't do (with a darkly humorous ending that Rod Serling and the Crypt-Keeper from TALES FROM THE CRYPT would likely smile upon). Cash's baritone is deep and dark as the dirt from six feet down, reflecting his characters' pride, shame and anguish."
Also read the great liner notes on the inside by Johnny himself.
1. Folsom Prison Blues - (mono)
2. Delia's Gone - (mono)
3. Mister Garfield
4. Orleans Parish Prison - (live)
5. When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below) - (mono)
6. Sound Of Laughter, The
7. Cocaine Blues - (live)
8. Hardin Wouldn't Run - (mono)
9. Long Black Veil, The
10. Austin Prison
11. Joe Bean
12. Going To Memphis
13. Don't Take Your Guns To Town
14. Highway Patrolman
15. Jacob Green
16. The Wall
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