Johnny Cash – The Indispensable, 1954-1961 (2021)

Posted by Green on September 15, 2021as


The records that established Johnny Cash as one of the greatest American singer songwriters are his first for Sun and Columbia Records, the best part of which is included here. From Southern gospel and country music, all the way through to blues and rockabilly, he was the first rock giant to draw mainly from the European-American tradition — unlike his contemporaries and friends Elvis Presley or Jerry Lee Lewis who drew mainly from the African-American repertoire. Bruno Blum comments on the course of this prolific, born storyteller, a musical incarnation of the Wild West myth.


01. You’re My Baby
02. Hey Porter
03. Cry, Cry, Cry
04. Port of Lonely Hearts
05. Folsom Prison Blues
06. So Doggone Lonesome
07. Luther Played the Boogie
08. I Walk the Line
09. Get Rhythm’
10. Train of Love
11. There You Go
12. Don’t Make Me Go
13. Next in Line
14. Home of the Blues
15. Give My Love to Rose
16. Rock Island Line
17. The Wreck of the Old ’97
18. Doin’ My Time
19. Country Boy
20. If the Good Lord’s Willing
21. Was There When It Happened
22. Remember Me (I’m the One That Loves You)
23. Big River
24. Ballad of a Teenage Queen


01. Guess Things Happen That Way
02. Come In Stranger
03. Katy Too
04. Thanks a Lot
05. It’s Just About Time
06. Just Thought You’d Like to Know
07. I Forgot to Remember to Forget
08. Suppertime
09. It Was Jesus (Who Was It)
10. The Troubadour
11. That ‘S All Over
12. Frankie’s Man, Johnny
13. One More Ride
14. Pickin’ Time
15. Don’t Take Your Guns to Town
16. I’d Rather Die Young
17. Sheperd of My Heart
18. Snow in His Hair
19. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
20. I Call Him
21. The Old Account
22. He’ll Be a Friend
23. It Could Be You (Instead of Him)
24. You Dreamer You


01. I Got Stripes
02. Five Feet High and Rising
03. Hank and Joe and Me
04. The Caretaker
05. Clementine
06. Want to Go Home
07. Don’t Step on Mother’s Roses
08. Going to Memphis
09. When Papa Played the Dobro
10. Boss Jack
11. Loading Coal
12. Smiling Bill Mccall
13. My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You
14. I Will Miss You When You Go
15. I Feel Better All Over
16. Why Do You Punish Me
17. Just One More
18. Honky Tonk Girl
19. I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry
20. Time Changes Everything
21. I’d Just Be Fool Enough (To Fall)
22. Transfusion Blues
23. God Must Have My Fortune Laid Away
24. Got Shoes

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