His Sun Years: Down South - CD1
by Johnny Cash
Released: Apr 2006
Label: Charly Records
Johnny Cash became a star at Sun Records and was the regional label's biggest seller, earning the rare right to cut a complete album there. All the "Man In Black" elements are in place here: the train-track rhythms, the stoic baritone, the devious humor and the common-man persona (which, on "Folsom Prison Blues," turns dark). Cash worked in a stylistic straitjacket, yet these 20 tracks overflow with love, laughs, tears, violent sin and gospel redemption. Is this rock, country, backwoods gospel or Southern showbiz? Cash was a complex man who made deceptively simple music.
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