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Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash at San Quentin

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Recorded just a year after his classic set at Folsom Prison, JOHNNY CASH AT SAN QUENTIN is far from a rehash of that now legendary show. Not only is the set list completely revamped, but Johnny’s performance is even more engaging and often comedic between songs. At one point he pays tribute to original guitarist Luther Perkins, who had died the prior year.

While many of the songs featured are related to prison life, Johnny and wife June briefly take a more spiritual tone towards the end of the set without getting being preachy or overly pious. I would view this album as a perfectly complement to the FOLSOM PRISON record because it is so different and can easily stand alone in it’s worthy achievements.


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Johnny Cash was a country legend even during his lifetime, although, or perhaps because, he was very different from the numerous country singers with checkered shirts. When performing he chose to wear black as a symbol of solidarity with the oppressed and those who had no rights. His chosen outlaw image was just as convincing as the train-like boom-tiddy-boom sound of his rhythm group who lent their typical sound to many of his 500 songs. At the very zenith of his career, Cash (who himself had committed a few minor offenses) had the idea of singing and playing for the bad guys behind the prison walls for nothing. Initially his suggestion to market the live recording was rejected, but finally his record company decided to release the album At Folsom Prison. Fired by the success of his jailhouse recording, Columbia Records released At San Quentin shortly afterwards. The recording, in which Cash and his combo were frequently applauded more or less at the end of each verse, exceeded all expectations. Today it is still considered by Cash fans to be the best live recording by the “man in black.’


1. Wanted Man
2. Wreck Of The Old 97
3. I Walk The Line
4. Darling Companion
5. Starkville City Jail
1. San Quentin
2. San Quentin
3. A Boy Named Sue
4. Folsom Prison Blues



Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm