The Essential Johnny Cash

The Essential Johnny Cash

by Johnny CashJohnny Cash

CD(Remastered / Special Edition)

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Part of Sony Legacy's ambitious, much-deserved reissue campaign in honor of Johnny Cash's 70th birthday, The Essential Johnny Cash arrives as a two-CD collection of 36 songs ranging from the Man in Black's first Sun hit, "Hey Porter," to his 1993 collaboration with U2 on "The Wanderer." So consider Essential a sort of Johnny Cash Rosetta Stone; an album filled with tracks that help music lovers understand the daunting range of Cash's art. As a songwriter and interpreter, he has been the master of all he embraces -- and he has embraced a whole lot: folk, traditional country, gospel (the monumental "Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)"), rockabilly from the Sun era, western songs, topical songs ("The Ballad of Ira Hayes"), protest songs, patriotic songs, love songs, heartbreak songs (has there been a more vivid account of a forlorn soul than "I Still Miss Someone"?), and duets (with June Carter Cash, Bob Dylan, and Marty Robbins -- the latter being an overlooked gem, a salute to solid American values in "Song of the Patriot"). While future reissues will restore to print ten Cash albums previously unavailable on CD -- two rare and underrated Cash titles were reissued in December 2001: America and Ragged Old Flag -- Essential lives up to its name, especially for those who might be unfamiliar with the full scope of this treasured artist's monumental contribution to American music for nearly half a century.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998629028
catalogNumber: 86290
Rank: 4011

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist
Carter Family   Track Performer
Waylon Jennings   Track Performer
Kris Kristofferson   Track Performer
Willie Nelson   Track Performer
Bob Dylan   Track Performer
June Carter Cash   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Edge   Composer,Producer
Brian Ahern   Producer
Earl Ball   Producer
Bono   Composer
Charlie Bragg   Producer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Don Davis   Producer
Brian Eno   Producer
Flood   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Ervin T. Rouse   Composer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Frank Bez   Cover Photo
Lisa Sparagano   Art Direction
Gaby Rodgers   Composer
Roy Cash   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jaan Uhelszki   Collaboration

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