The Greatest: The Number Ones

The Greatest: The Number Ones

by Johnny CashJohnny Cash


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As part of Columbia/Legacy's ongoing celebration of Johnny Cash's 80th birthday in 2012, the label assembled a series of compilations under the rubric "The Greatest." This 19-track collection covers ground so obvious that it's a wonder there hasn't been a similar compilation before: it showcases Cash's chart-toppers. Strictly speaking, some of these singles did not reach number one -- 1958's "The Ways of a Woman in Love" and 1979's "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" peaked at two, while 1958's "What Do I Care" topped out at eight -- and a good case could be made that "Get Rhythm," the charting flip of "I Walk the Line," should have been here, but that's ultimately nitpicking as this provides a single-disc overview of Cash's charting years unlike any other compilation on the market. Usually, Cash compilations concentrate on his enduring standards, which aren't necessarily the same thing as his biggest hits. This means that there are some very big songs missing here -- "Hey Porter," "Cry Cry Cry," "I Still Miss Someone," "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," "Five Feet High and Rising," "Jackson," and "I Got Stripes" are all absent -- but in their place is a handful of comparatively overlooked hits like "What Do I Care," "The One on the Right Is on the Left," "Flesh and Blood," and "One Piece at a Time," songs that add chronological context to the staples on this set. And that's why even with the notable omissions this is still an excellent overview and introduction to Cash: it's a vivid snapshot of his peak.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2012
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886919033328
catalogNumber: 190333
Rank: 4699

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Cash   Primary Artist,Group Member
Waylon Jennings   Group Member
Kris Kristofferson   Group Member
Willie Nelson   Group Member

Technical Credits

Johnny Cash   Composer,Producer
Waylon Jennings   Producer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Charlie Rich   Composer
Shel Silverstein   Composer
Bill Justis   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Brian Ahern   Producer
Charlie Bragg   Producer
June Carter Cash   Composer
Jack Clement   Composer,Producer
Don Davis   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Frank Jones   Producer
Don Law   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
Anthony DeCurtis   Liner Notes
Sam Phillips   Producer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Randall Martin   Art Direction
John Carter Cash   Executive Producer
Lou Robin   Executive Producer
C. Perkins   Composer
D. Kirby   Composer

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