This definitive collection features Johnny Cash's recordings for the Sun Records label from 1955-1958. These stark classics serve as a strong foundation to Cash's undeniable legacy.
Born in Kingsland, Arkansas, John R. Cash joined the air force and spent his early years working odd jobs and honing his musical craft. On the wave of Elvis Presley's popularity, the 23-year old Cash walked into Sam Phillips' Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, and recorded the first batch of these indelible 40 compositions.
Cash rotated many of these songs in his live repertory throughout his prodigious career. Disc one contains "Cry Cry Cry", "Hey! Porter", "Get Rhythm", "I Walk the Line", "Give Me A Rose" (re-recorded for his last album, The Man Comes Around), "Big River", "Luther Played the Boogie", "Mean Eyed Cat", and "Folsom Prison Blues".
Neither time nor space allots for the long list of talented musicians that covered some of these songs. Bob Dylan speaks well of Cash's days at Sun Records in his new book Chronicles, "I always thought Sam Phillips created the most crucial, uplifting, and powerful records ever made. 'I keep a close watch on this heart of mine.' Indeed. I most have recited those lines to myself a million times."
Timeless classics on disc two includes "Always Alone", "Blue Train", "Fool's Hall of Fame", "Leave That Junk Alone", and "New Mexico". Sam Phillips refused to pay Cash more royalties or allow him to record gospel songs, consequently behooving Cash to depart Sun for Columbia Records.
Lonesome In Black - The Legendary Sun Recordings provides a clear view of Johnny Cash's musical vision. - James Calemine