Features
Reviews
Must Hear Music
Reviews Archives
Archives
Bargain Basement
Downloads
Music DVD
Upstart
Pipsqueaks
 
 
 
Features
Reviews
Archives
Send Us Mail
Contact Us
 
 

Johnny Cash
Cash: Ultimate Gospel
Legacy Recordings
www.johnnycash.com


Most of us are familiar with the story of Johnny Cash. At least as much of it as Hollywood has seen fit to tell us, and the most recent film Walk The Line was a great look into the life of one of music's finest gentlemen and songwriters. What a lot of folks don't know, and one of the things that Hollywood never fails to neglect in the telling, is that Johnny Cash was quite a man of God, among the other things. From his earliest recordings Cash knew that gospel music was as much a part of his career as twangy honky-tonk or rock and roll, and he kept that faith even unto his last record. Cash always recorded songs about faith and God, and collected here are some of his finest from all facets of his early career.

There are tracks that Cash's fans are intimately familiar with, including his amazing takes on classics like "In The Sweet By And By", Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", and "He Turned The Water Into Wine". Possibly the best known of Johnny's early gospel tracks was "I Was There When It Happened", and that track is included here in its glory, with its splendid background chorus and Luther Perkins' simple and pure telecaster playing. The bluegrass classic "The Great Speckle Bird" is here, minus the Carter Family, but glorious nonetheless. Johnny's versions of "Amazing Grace" and "There'll Be Peace In The Valley (For Me)" are tremendous, and bring out a contemporary feel in those classic hymns. "Daddy Sang Bass" is classic Cash rock, along with wonderful vocal backing from June Carter, and wraps up the collection beautifully with the hopping "Children Go Where I Send Thee".

There are a couple of tracks here that are previously unreleased, and while I'm not sure of that fact, I've never heard them before now. Johnny gives an amazing rendition of the classic Baptist hymn "How Great Thou Art", accompanied simply by piano and organ, staying much more true to a church-like feel without the electric guitars. "It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)" mixes a bit more honky-tonk feel in with the piano and swinging drums, while "My Ship Will Sail" is simplified; Johnny singing along to a basic bass and drum track until the glorious background singers come chiming in. If you are a Cash fan and you've never heard these tracks, then this collection becomes even more essential.

The beauty of these songs is that they reflect the faith and passion of a young Johnny Cash for the gospel and the teachings of Christ. The difference between these early tracks and the later songs that Johnny recorded is the experience of living, and the unique knowledge of God's grace that comes with a lifetime of that living. These songs are a bit naïve at times, lacking in the conviction of life's hard-learned truths, but they are classics and an essential part of any Cash collection.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Here Was A Man (Live)
2. The Preacher Said, "Jesus Said"
3. I Was There When It Happened
4. Belshazzar
5. That's Enough
6. It Was Jesus
7. The Old Account
8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
9. The Great Speckle Bird
10. He'll Understand And Say Well Done
11. How Great Thou Art
12. It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)
13. He Turned Water Into Wine
14. Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)
15. Troublesome Waters
16. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)
17. The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
18. In The Sweet By And By
19. My Ship Will Sail
20. Far Side Banks Of Jordan
21. Oh Come, Angel Band
22. Amazing Grace
23. Daddy Sang Bass
24. Children Go Where I Send Thee


Check out more reviews

Talk Back
e-mail the chief

Like this article?
e-mail it to a friend!

 


Mike Doughty



Pink Floyd

-------


South By Southwest 2014
David DeVoe

South By Southwest 2013
David DeVoe

Red Hook Music Festival
George Dow

SXSW 2012
David DeVoe

Our Favorite Records 2011
Hybrid Staff

AWOLNation
Rachel Fredrickson

Kanrocksas
Rachel Fredrickson

Warped Tour 2011
Rachel Fredrickson

Eddie Spaghetti
Melissa Skrbic-Huss

Murder By Death
Mike DeLeo


Mike Doughty
Boulder, CO

Epilogues
Denver, CO

Imagine Dragons
Denver, CO

Sebadoh
Cambridge, MA

Young Magic
Denver, CO

Warped Tour 2012
Denver, CO

Thrice
Denver, CO

Mike Doughty
Denver, CO

MuteMath
Kansas City, MO

Other Lives
Lawrence, KS

Los Campesinos
Boston, MA

The Civil Wars
Lawrence, KS

Ha Ha Tonka
Lawrence, KS

Thrice
Lawrence, KS


 
hybridmagazine.com is updated daily except when it isn't.
New film reviews are posted every week like faulty clockwork.
Wanna write for hybrid? Send us an e-mail.
© 1996-2009 [noun] digital media. All rights reserved worldwide. All content on hybridmagazine.com and levelheadedmusic.com is the intellectual property of Hybrid Magazine and its respective creators. No part of hybridmagazine.com or levelheadedmusic.com may be reproduced in any format without expressed written permission. For complete masthead and physical mailing address, Click Here.