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September 23, 2004

'The greatest country album ever made' - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison


So writes Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley in his review this morning of "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: The Making of a Masterpiece," a new book by Michael Streissguth. More:

It's almost certainly the most influential album.

Cash sang with power, passion, and humor, and when he was joined by June Carter on "Jackson," the dining hall exploded.

The concert was recorded with keen fidelity, despite adverse acoustical conditions, with the result that the album positively bristles with life.

By now I must have listened to it hundreds of times, finding something new and wonderful in it every one of them.

It was the first country album I bought, and for a long time the only one I owned.

That last sentence goes for me as well; as soon as I read this review, I went to amazon and ordered the CD (only $9.99, as compared to the $24 retail price of the book, which I won't be buying).

Can't wait to hear it.

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I still remember the day my dad brought this album home and carefully placed it on the phonograph. A click, a pop, and wow. My eight year old eyes saw a whole new world. At night, when I could hear the trains rumbling and sounding their horns in the distance from my little bedroom, I contemplated Cash.

Posted by: Texan | Sep 28, 2004 12:30:46 PM

I was raised on Cash and have been enjoying his music since the early 60's. I consider the American Series to be his best work.... at least his best in the last 20 years.

Posted by: the weave | Sep 24, 2004 5:50:48 PM

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