Spanning nearly 50 years, this overview of a singer who was more or less a one-man genre gets the hits out of the way in a hurry: the first disc is a boom-chicka-boom stampede through pretty much all of his best-remembered songs through the ’70s. Disc 2 is more of the Cash cognoscenti’s favorites, going from his early rockabilly wonders to later songs that were written for him (or might as well have been) by songwriters like Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, who looked to him as an ancestor. The final two discs are the really clever reframings of Cash’s immense canon: a set of the traditional songs and country standards that were the spine of his repertoire, and a collection of the playful duets and collaborations that were this solitary man in black’s hidden specialty.
By John Morthland on 07.29.09 in Icons
Johnny Cash, who would have been 80 on February 26, is still everywhere in American culture. He's on TV commercials and in videos, on radio and in what's left of record stores. From 1955, when he signed with Sun Records,...
By John Morthland on 09.30.14 in Features
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By Andrew Parks on 06.24.14 in News
"It's a frustrating job in many respects," producer Rick Rubin says of his chosen profession in a recent interview with BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe. "It's like fishing. You can go out fishing, but you can't say, 'I'm going...
By Andrew Parks on 03.25.14 in News
"When these tapes were rediscovered and I heard them again, I was reminded of this man who was my friend," John Carter Cash told the LA Times, after being asked about Johnny Cash’s lost album, Out Among the Stars....