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Sun Years (Mcup)
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
82 tracks including all of his master recordings released by Sun, as well as a number of fascinating alternate takes, demos and fragments from studio rehearsals. The set's deluxe, fully-illustrated booklet includes detaile... more »
82 tracks including all of his master recordings released by Sun, as well as a number of fascinating alternate takes, demos and fragments from studio rehearsals. The set's deluxe, fully-illustrated booklet includes detailed track-by-track analysis, an int
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Bonehead | Way Down South, NC | 09/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Three definitions of essential: "necessary...basic(nature of the man)...defining(characteristic of something that makes it what it is)" are the reasons for having this CD. Johnny Cash, throughout his career, never pulled any punches. He said what he said, and if you liked it fine, but he wasn't doing it for you. He was doing it because that's what he believed. Always thought of as the rebel/outlaw(Folsom Prison Blues), these tracks reveal the devoted(I Walk The Line, Give My Love to Rose), fatalistic(Guess Things Happen That Way, Train of Love, There You Go) JR Cash. And oh yeah, listen to his first song for Sam Phillips at Sun records(Hey Porter), and you can feel the boundless joy of a man finally returning home.People who don't like Johnny Cash will point out the Tennessee Two backing as stark and simple, but the strength of these songs is the singer. It is why the new American recordings have been so popular. Don't listen to Johnny Cash for flashy arrangements and production tricks. Listen to Johnny Cash for Johnny Cash.The two Essential CDs of Johnny Cash are excellent. At Folsom and At San Quentin Prison CDs among the best live recordings I know of, but if you don't have this you'll be missing an essential piece of a complete music collection."
David Bradley | Sterling, VA USA | 05/31/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you, like me, have spent years perplexed by Johnny Cash's reputation, when compared to his best-known latter day stuff ("A Boy Named Sue"), this album THE SUN YEARS will straighten you out quick.His 1950's output--"Folsom Prison Blues," "Get Rhythm," "Hey Porter" and others--were so different from anything else going on at the time. Luther Perkins guitar work was imaculate. And "I Walk The Line" a downright apocolyptic look at love and guilt and shame and obsession, is one of the all-time great American records."
The early years of Johnny Cash recording for Sun Records in
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 01/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am not absolutely sure but I have every reason to believe that the first Johnny Cash song I heard was "A Boy Named Sue." So when I first encountered the Cash persona it was as the guy who was performing to convicts on the classic "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" and "Johnny Cash at San Quentin" albums. What I did not not know was that "Folsom Prison Blues" was one of the first songs that Cash ever wrote back in 1954 when he was in the Air Force and it was not recorded until two years later when he signed with the legendary Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis. These are some of the things that I learned from the Cash bio-pic "Walk the Line," and I suspect I am not alone in being interested in checking out Cash's early work after watching the film. That is what led me to track down this 18-track collection of Johnny Cash during "The Sun Years."
"Folsom Prison Blues" was set up in the film as Cash's first hit for Sun, but in fact when Cash came back to show Phillips that he could do more than gospel what he really played was "Hey Porter," which was released with "Cry, Cry, Cry" on the flip side and made #14 on the Country Singles chart in in 1955. The following year "Folsom Prison Blues" hit #4 and Cash had his first pair of #1 country hits with "Get Rhythm" and "Walk the Line." There are three more top Country singles with "Guess Things Happen That Way," "There You Go," and his biggest hit, "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen," which topped the charts for ten weeks. In 1958 Cash signed with Columbia and wrote fini to his days at Sun. Virtually every song here was a top ten single on the Country charts, "Give My Love to Rose" being the exception because it only made it to #13. You look at the chart success of these songs and you can see why Cash became a major figure in Country music in the 1950s: "Home Of The Blues: (#3), "Big River" (#4), "Next In Line" (#9), "Come in Stranger" (#6), "Train of Love" (#7), "So Doggone Lonesome" (#4), and "The Ways of a Woman in Love." Backing up Cash on all of these songs are the Tennessee Two, which originally consisted of guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant.
There are only 18 tracks here so this is not a comprehensive collection (there is a five-disc version that has a better claim to that distinction). A few hits like "Don't Make Me Go" (#9), "All Over Again" (#4), and "What Do I Care" (#7), so there is room to quibble, but they are minor all things considered (remember, this is a Rhino album and they are the masters of reissuing blasts from the past). Besides, the three songs that are included that are not "hits"--"Rock Island Line," "Luther Played the Boogie," and "Mean Eyed Cat"--certainly represent the early Johnny Cash, which is ultimately what this album is all about. Just do not be surprised if this collection only whets your appetite for going back to the early years and hearing more from that period."