At Madison Square Garden

At Madison Square Garden

by Johnny CashJohnny Cash


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Recorded December 5, 1969, but unreleased until now, At Madison Square Garden captures Johnny Cash and his traveling troupe -- which included Carl Perkins, the Statler Brothers, the Carter Family, and Cash's brother Tommy -- on a peak night. The set spotlights Cash's finest attributes -- not only in his authoritative performances but also in the sculpting of a show that's a sweeping history of American roots music. Much of the essential Cash canon is performed -- "Folsom Prison Blues," "Big River," "A Boy Named Sue," "Ring of Fire," "I Walk the Line," et al. -- and Cash is never less than captivating, whether he's singing or talking to the audience with a singular ease and intimacy. Cash isn't the whole story, though. Perkins offers up a fierce take on his "Blue Suede Shoes"; the Statlers chime in with the fanciful "Flowers on the Wall"; and the Carter Family, with Mother Maybelle singing a weathered lead, bring chills with their renditions of "Wildwood Flower" and "Worried Man Blues." The gospel interlude -- featuring "He Turned the Water into Wine," "Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)," and the joyous finale on Perkins' "Daddy Sang Bass" -- is deep and moving. And in a touching tribute, Cash performs a new song in honor of its composer, Kenny Jones, Helen Carter's 16-year-old son who had recently perished in a car accident. Jones had written the poignant "Sing a Traveling Song" when he was 14, and Cash gives it an emotional reading worthy of a wistful lyric about a rootless man. At Madison Square Garden doesn't have the intense performer-audience interaction of Cash's San Quentin and Folsom Prison albums, but in its own way, it's a more memorable outing. Mark it essential.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2019
Label: Sbme Legacy Euro
UPC: 5099750941027
catalogNumber: 0941027
Rank: 89219


  1. Big River
  2. I Still Miss Someone
  3. Five Feet High and Rising
  4. Pickin' Time
  5. Remember the Alamo
  6. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
  7. Wreck of the Old '97
  8. Long Black Veil
  9. The Wall
  10. Send a Picture of Mother
  11. Folsom Prison Blues
  12. Blue Suede Shoes
  13. Flowers on the Wall
  14. Wildwood Flower
  15. Worried Man Blues
  16. A Boy Named Sue
  17. Cocaine Blues
  18. Jesus Was a Carpenter
  19. The Ballad of Ira Hayes
  20. As Long as the Grass Shall Grow
  21. Sing a Traveling Song
  22. He Turned the Water into Wine
  23. Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?
  24. Daddy Sang Bass
  25. Finale Medley: Do What You Do, Do Well/I Walk the Line/Ring of Fire
  26. Suppertime

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